Monday, November 24, 2014

How about some more dumplings?

Workers have been gutting the former Shima space on Second Avenue and East 12th Street.

Now EVG reader Michael brings us word about the new tenant: DumplingGo.

We don't know too much about the restaurant, other than this blurb on their website:

DumplingGo is a fast casual dynamic restaurant experience which prepares and serves premier made dumplings to our guests. DumplingGo's focus is to create a memorable experience for our "DumplingGo'ers" by providing a variety of dumplings to choose from that were prepared with only the finest ingredients. Our focus on simplicity results in top quality with each dumpling enjoyed by our guests.

DumplingGo is part of the NYVA Restaurant Group — "an owner, operator, and proud franchisee for multiple brands."

There now won't be any shortage of dumplings on this block. The well-regarded Mimi Cheng's Dumplings opened up across the Avenue in July. And there's Plump Dumpling down on Second Avenue and East 11th Street. (Right? Slightly confused about what's going on there now with like three different restaurants in one.)

DumplingGo was also on last week's CB3 SLA docket for a new beer-wine license. (Not sure how that one went. They likely got the approval given that it was a sale of assets.)

Shima abruptly closed in January. The asking rent for the prime corner location had been $25,400 per month.


SAL said...


Anonymous said...

It's a Dumpling Death Match - 3 will compete, 1 will survive.

BagelGuy said...

My sentiments exactly.

Anonymous said...

Please. I like the asian-style dumplings, but they are one of the easiest foods to make yourself. Hard to screw up. When I go out to spend my dining dollars it's usually on stuff I cannot do in my own kitchen or with my own know-how: slow-cooked BBQ, pizza baked in a 600 degree oven, sushi, thai food, etc. But I know, I am the weirdo. This is a town after all where people will go out of their way for a buzz-worthy artisanal grilled cheese sandwich.

Evidently this "NYVA restaurant group" is also responsible for "Five Guys" for what its worth.

Makeout said...

"fast casual dynamic restaurant experience"? Who the fuck writes this shit?

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

I just read that DeRobertii's is closing. Now I read this. More dumplings courtesy of some crappy hospitality group, big fucking deal. Serriously, big fucking deal.

Anonymous said...

Not just a restaurant, but a "restaurant experience". Is anyone else sick of these investment group restaurants? They are the restaurant equivalent of real estate developers. Seek out the individually owned dumplings.

Anonymous said...

Before long, there will be maybe four restaurant groups controlling every last one of our restaurant experiences.

Anonymous said...

Her I hope the are artician craft dumplings @11.50 each then I'll be there along with the spawn of yuppi