After seeing a play on Saturday evening, Geoffrey and I walked by this Asian take-out place in the Times Square Adjacent / Theater District and I just had to stop and take a picture of their window ads, featuring a cartoon version of Psy, singer of the worldwide, viral hit “Gangam Style” from a few years back. Psy is pimping what looks like a pretty serious soup dumpling.
I couldn’t tell you if these dumplings are any good, as we did not stop to sample them. If you’re intrigued enough to try and find it, the restaurant is on the west side of 8th Avenue in the vicinity of 45th and 46th Streets. Sadly, I did not catch its name.
Hey what’s up. Did you see that crazy rain storm last night here in Manhattan? It was just insane! Lisa and I safely watched the captivating Monsoon activity, including deep, swirling vortexes of water stretching up to six feet from the curb, from the cozy comfort of our storefront window table at Rickshaw Dumplings on 23rd Street, where we dined on a “Bacon Feast for 2” courtesy of Thrillist Rewards. Because, Lisa and I are all about the Bacon.
The Thrillist Bacon Feast features special items not regularly found on Rickshaw’s menu, so you can only taste these bacony delights if you subscribe to Thrillist(you can sign up at the link above) and buy the reward.
For $29, here is what you’ll get:
6 Potato & Bacon Dumplings. Richshaw’s dumplings – or at least these dumplings in particular – have a thicker skin and tasted more like pierogies than Chinatown style Chinese Dumplings, probably due to the non-traditionally Chinese potato filling. Served with a soy-sesame dipping sauce, the tasty mashed potato filling was studded with meaty, smoky bacon. Very delicious!
Bulgogi Bacon Buns and Bacon Sticky Rice
2 Bulgogi Bacon Buns. A Bulgogi is a tiny Asian meat sandwich on a soft round bun (usually a rice bun), traditionally served with a topping of picked slaw. We would like to note that Rickshaw’s Bulgogi was served on the freshest, most delicious bun! Chopped bacon accompanied the grilled beef filling, accented with an Asian BBQ sauce and finished with shredded carrots and sprouts, whose slightly tangy vinegar dressing moderated the sweetness of the BBQ sauce. Yummy!
2 Bacon n’ Sticky Rices. This may look like a tiny scoop of rice but, trust me, it was the perfect “tasting” size to accompany the other dishes. The rice was loaded with sliced fresh scallions and meaty bites of smoky bacon, for a nice mix of tastes.
2 Mini Miso Soups. This didn’t look like a mini size to me, but more like a full cup of delicious miso soup, loaded with crumbled bacon, tofu and scallions. I even put a bit of the sticky rice into the soup. Excellent!
The porky feast also includes 2 drinks, including beer, sake or a soft drink. Our choice: Rickshaw’s Watermelonade, which is just pressed watermelon juice in its own natural sweetness. Refreshing!
This offer, which is plenty for two average sized people to share, is available any time, any day at Richshaw’s Flatiron location (61 West 23rd Street, 5th & 6th, close the F Train), but only until September 30th, 2012, so you gotta act fast! The price works out to under $15 per person for good amount of food and it’s a great way to get acquainted with this vendor. Get your Bacon Feast reward now at This Link!