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May 03, 2019

Soup Dumplings in Astoria at New Bund on Broadway

There’s nothing quite like biting into a freshly steamed, pillowy soft dumpling. Tasting the fluffy dough, along with flavorful meat in a sauce that’s the perfect combo of sweet and (…)

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There’s nothing quite like biting into a freshly steamed, pillowy soft dumpling. Tasting the fluffy dough, along with flavorful meat in a sauce that’s the perfect combo of sweet and savory dripping out. Except, maybe, biting into that same deliciousness but also slurping out a rich broth.

Soup dumplings are everyone’s new favorite bite, but more often than not you have to make the trek to Flushing to get the best of them. Well now that’s changing with the recently opened Bund on Broadway.

Located at 25-08 Broadway in Astoria, Bund on Broadway comes from the same owners of the original Bund Chinese Cuisine in Forest Hills which was featured in the New York Times. According to the Times, it’s a family-run business that combines Shanghai and Sichuan flavors. David Kong and his childhood friend Jim Nguyen opened it in 2016 when they were frustrated by the lack of quality Chinese cooking nearby.

Now expanding into Astoria, Bund on Broadway specializes in soup dumplings, Shanghainese dim sum and noodles. You can check out the menu here (which will be grow within the next few months). They make all their soup dumplings and dim sum by hand on premises to order.

The flavor-packed pork soup dumplings, made fresh on-premises. Credit to Victoria Argento.

We stopped by to check it out for dinner recently—and it definitely lived up to the restaurateur’s reputation.

First of all, the inside is quaint and cozy with a mural of Shanghai on the main wall. We ordered the Bund Special Pork Belly with Pancake Wrap, Bund Pork Soup Dumplings, Bund Crabmeat Soup Dumplings and Shanghainese Sautéed Udon Noodles with Pork. Everything was completely and utterly delicious.

Shanghainese sautéed udon noodles with pork. Credit to Victoria Argento.

The soup dumplings were steamed to perfection, the pork and broth rich and flavorful (I preferred the pork to the crab, though they were good too if you don’t mind the fishier flavor). For the udon, you could taste in the texture of the noodles that they were made from scratch, and the tasty brown sauce enveloped them, baby bok choy and bits of tender pork. The cooking is clearly authentic, and that was even confirmed when we heard a customer telling the workers she was from Shanghai and that this was the first good Chinese place in the neighborhood.

The “Bund Special” succulent pork belly in a light and fluffy pancake wrap.

Above all, the prices are great too—dumplings are $4-5 for four pieces and noodles and soups are $10 or less. The appetizers range from $3-9.

The restaurant is open every day except Tuesdays for now, from 12 to 10 p.m. Follow them on social for more news and communication.

The interior of Bund on Broadway, complete with a photo mural of Shanghai.

Have you eaten there yet? Let us know what you think in the comments! I, for one, am super excited to have this option in the neighborhood!

25-08 Broadway, Astoria

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