Revel in the (Bar) Glory
Dim sum holds a special place in my heart. Having grown up in a Chinese household, I also have a very particular expectation of how the dim sum experience should proceed - from the food to the angry waiters and waitresses belittling you in cantonese.
Fusion renditions of dim-sum always make me nervous. That being said, I'll admit that I have been been proven wrong a couple of times - Brewery Bhavana being the best example. I recently found another strong contender.
Owned by the same people behind the well-loved Glasserie, Bar Glory is a cute cafe nestled on a quaint Greenpoint block. $20/per person gets you basically the entire dumpling menu with unlimited sides. The sides themselves are just a tad over-seasoned, the mains are delicious and wield an impressive palate of different flavors.
The dumplings here combine a unique blend of Mediterranean & Asian ingredients to bring you one very tasty culinary experience. My two favorite items on the menu are the lamb & pistachio dumplings and the onion bao.
The former are almost excessively rich, but the acidity of the pistachio pesto freshens up the more gamy, sumptuous flavor of the lamb. Plus, what isn't better wrapped into a dumpling.
The onion bao here are flat out addictive. Go ahead and order more than one serving to save yourself time later. They're salty, sweet and deliciously tangy little pockets of dough-wrapped joy.
Finally, the pumpkin, ricotta & apricot dumplings will give you serious autumn envy. Think of them as enormous, over-stuffed tortellini with a dumpling wrapper. Any sort of ricotta & fruit combination is an easy win in my book.
If you're still hungry, their mushroom & lamb noodle bowls are decent, but I personally think any excess stomach space is best optimized by jusr ordering doubles of their dumpling sets.
I know Greenpoint can be a bit of a trek if you're not living close to the area, but since the weather in New York is finally starting to look up, I recommed you make the trek. You won't be disappointed.