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Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao at THE BAOMost soup dumplings have a thick skin to prevent breakage, but at The Bao, a new cheap eats destination in the East Village, they are head-scratchingly thin and tender. Somehow the soup stays inside until you bite it to reveal soft minced pork with rich flavors. The owner is a soup dumpling professional, having overseen the popular Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao in Queens. So happy she has brought her work to Manhattan. Price: $7.95

THE BAO
13 St. Marks Place (between Third and Second Avenue)
East Village
(212) 388-9238
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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