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Vegetarian Dim Sum House

Food: 3.813.81
Atmosphere: 2.942.94
Service: 3.53.5

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24 Pell Street
New York   NY 10013
(212) 577-7176
View this restaurant's page on other sites: MenuPages | Yelp

Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Menu does not indicate vegan items

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $1-$5)

Accepted Payments:

  • Cash Only

Hours:

10:30am to 10:30pm daily.

Directions:

Just off Mott Street.

Delivery notes:

Vegetarian Dim Sum House delivers.

The option for delivery depends on distance.

Notes:

The mango pudding and milk (duh!) are the only non-vegan items on the menu.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on November 28, 2009.

User Reviews of Vegetarian Dim Sum House

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.813.81
Atmosphere: 2.942.94
Service: 3.53.5
  • Review by beanmail on September 21, 2010:

  • It's cool to order all vegan dim sum (check for honey), but with all of the delicious grub in the city, I don't really see what all of the fuss is about. I liked everything I tried, but nothing bowled me over. Grab a group & order one of everything off the Dim Sum menu. Repeat in a year.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by rjkd on July 7, 2010:

  • I was pretty excited to try this place as the reviews were all very good. I was disappointed. I've had much better vegan dim sum.
    Food: I tried Treasure balls: tasted like mashed potato with a deep fried crust. Tasty but wtf?
    Turnip cake: the texture was weird, it was a box of jello like consistency steamed with tiny mushroom pieces- would never order again
    spinach dumpling: Amazing! Would go back just to eat these.
    Steamed pork bun: yummy.
    Red bean dumpling: too sweet, I could only eat one, but tasty. Not worth ordering again.
    My non-vegan boyfriend- only liked treasure balls, the spinach dumplings and said the pork buns were OK.
    There was no hot sauce but instead spiced oil, not into that. It doesn't say serving sizes on the menu so we ordered two of most things but an order of one consists of three. So we ended up feeding our roommates.
    After reading other reviews we didn't try anything off of the other menu and thank god! As we walked out we saw a lot of food sitting under heating lamps by the window (none was dim sum phew!)
    Also the food sat in our stomachs like rocks- we both had food babies for the rest of the night and still felt gross the next morning. Dim sum is supposed to be light breakfast food!!!
    Service: the waiter was snappy and obviously had a hard time with my boyfriends accent and was really rude about it. Luckily my accent is manageable and that helped but then we were trepidatious about asking questions.
    Atmosphere: I liked the kitchy Chinese style, the bathroom was clean enough but we went when it was 94 degrees outside and they only had two fans going, air conditioning would have been a HUGE plus!

    All in all cute place with decent food, I may go back if a vegan friend is visiting but I wouldn't bring non-vegan friends to show them how amazing vegan food can be. Still in search of a dim sum favourite!
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by Hannah on May 24, 2010:

  • Quick and cheap and delicious! The steamed pork buns were particularly tasty. A great spot during your jury duty lunch break.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by alf-redo on June 12, 2009:

  • always good and fried. i think the banana dish has honey though. i love the 'pork' buns and if you order the steamed turnip cakes it will be a conversation starter. Most people I go with are obsessed with the treasure balls but I only think they are ok.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by fishnchips on February 21, 2009:

  • We started out having an ok meal. The food was very roughly made, the steamed vegetable dumpling wasn't cooked completely. The shiitake mushroom with vermicelli was bland, and the stir fried string beans too salty and under cooked.

    Ok, so you always take a risk every time you go to a new restaurant, but not only was the food of extremely poor quality, the workers had a very nasty attitude as well.

    I found pieces of hair stuck on the place underneath our stir fried string beans' sauce, so it was OBVIOUSLY on the plate BEFORE we started eating the food. Not only did the workers denied that the hair came from the kitchen, they also blamed it on us!

    What kind of an attitude is that to be treating your customers without respect?

    NEVER AGAIN! Vegetarian Dim Sum at 24 Pell Street is much better, cheaper and MUCH MUCH MUCH FRIENDLIER!
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by chelsey on December 11, 2008:

  • I always feel like I finished Thanksgiving dinner after I leave this place. A long bike ride, walk, or nap is recommended post meal. This place is awesome.

    I've never had any of the things on the menu menu because I was told it's not so great and the dim sum items seem like a way better deal.

    Highlights: treasure BOXES (I swear to god, these gems are usually gone for the night by the time I get there so back off), pork buns, sesame paste buns (WTF IT'S LIKE PEANUT BUTTER. SO GOOD), treasure ballz, spinach dumplings (these things look like baby godzillas or something which is definitely a plus).

    I would recommend staying away from the last things on the menu. I forgot what they're called but they're noodley and slimy and remind of what I think it would be like to eat an octopus which is no good. Oh, the red bean cake was weird too but it didn't taste bad. Just not really what I expected.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by PlomeekSoup on December 3, 2008:

  • VDSH is best enjoyed on a lazy Sunday with an army of friends with empty stomachs. Upon entering, you're usually quickly seated at a large round table and dim sum ordering via provided pencil and order form frantically begins.

    Brought to you by the House of Vegetarian folks around the corner on Mott Street, VDSH is all about the assorted hot steak kew for starters, and then plate after plate of delicious carbtastic dim sum.

    My only issue is with the "you really don't want to touch anything" bathroom, but that's not a surprise for a cheap joint in Chinatown (or Manhattan for that matter).
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by sparkleginger on August 2, 2008:

  • Average food, snappy server, overall not worth the trek. Spinach dumplings with savory gluten/spinach filling were only bright spot. Sesame noodles, which were on nearly every table, were simply a cup of tahini dumped on cold noodles with raw cabbage. Faux shrimp dumplings were the worst, as voted by omnis and vegan alike. Spring rolls mushy inside...C-
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by debya on March 5, 2008:

  • After much self-reflection, I've come to the realization that this is my favorite restaurant in NYC. I don't go often, but when I do, I insist that a big group accompany me. A big group permits you to order anything on the dim sum menu that strikes your fancy without fear that you won't be able to finish your meal. (Mark my words: someone will gladly take the last Treasure Ball.) I dare you to try and spend more than $11 per person.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by mimcho on November 25, 2007:

  • Vegan and craving dim sum - well it does not get any better than this place! I like surprises so I get a different dish from the dim sum menu every time. And if I am not as impressed, it's ok because the prices are most kind on my wallet. A generous meal for two rarely goes over $25. Thank God! Their regular menu of mock meat is ok but it is not their specialty. For mock meat I recommend Buddah Bodai around the corner.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 44
  • Review by bitchinvegankitchen on October 11, 2007:

  • Loved the food but warning: the fried banana has honey on it. I'm sure you can ask for it without though. Everything else was great though. I loved the red bean and sesame paste dim sum dishes and the dim sum is so cheap, though the rest of the menu is priced more along the lines of an average Chinese restaurant.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by JBMvegan on October 11, 2007:

  • Yippie! I loved the food here. As an aspiring Vegan, I often worry about missing certain foods, so it was great to have Vegan dim sun and realize that it's every bit as delicious as regular dim sum. In fact, I'd say it's more delicious, because I don't have to feel guilty or worry that I'm being given chicken feet. My favorites were the turnip cake and the steamed pork puns. So yummy.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by lowrider on September 19, 2007:

  • I was really let down on my visit. I took my son her one afternoon, after much anticipation. It was some of the unhealthiest food I've had in a long time. it sat like rocks in my belly. I didn't find it appetizing going in either.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by crispyheart on January 16, 2007:

  • i love dim sum. but i don't love wondering what i'm eating. veggie dim sum is the greatest invention for those of us who may not be veg, but are highly suspicious of what exactly is in non-veg dim sum. this place rocks. it's delicious. everything i've had here has been ridiculously tasty. the service is swift & efficient (in the chinese restaurant way). don't expect lingering waiters inquiring about your meal. but who wants someone to interfere anyway, when there are treasure balls to devour. i very rarely crave particular restaurants, but i crave veggie dim sum.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by ariela on December 27, 2006:

  • Went here for the first time today and loved it! Had the Mango Chicken which is different than other Mango Chicken's i've had, it comes with strips of tofu, it was quite good! also had the Steamed Pork Buns and Red Bean Cake and both were really good! the Red Bean Cake was sweet and so tasty. Fast service & tea comes with the meal as well. I'm looking forward to going back again soon!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by soybean on August 23, 2006:

  • Delicious food! Loved the Spring Rolls and the Treasure Balls.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55

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