On the heels of San Loco closing its Bushwick location, we now know what’ll become of its old digs on Second Avenue in the East Village. New signage at 124 Second Avenue, near St. Marks Place, indicates the narrow nook has been taken over by The Dumpling Shop, a takeout spot specializing in “internationally inspired” dumplings.
What does “internationally inspired” mean? Well, an online menu lists dumplings with a choice of Chinese, Thai, Jamaican, and Korean fillings, as well as a buffalo chicken variety. There are also sesame noodles as well as spicy dan dan noodles, plus sides like pork buns and wontons.
The store is “trying to reinvent what goes inside the dumpling,” according to an Instagram post that shows off its experimentation with a rose-pedal-shaped variety.
The shop will have its work cut out for it, as the East Village is already home to Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings, Dumpling Man, Drunken Dumpling, The Bao, Plump Dumpling, and Vanessa’s Dumpling House, not to mention a spate of recently opened noodle shops.
We’ve reached out to The Dumpling Shop to find out more. As of now, its soft-openings are “right around the corner.”