Beloved Flushing, lump specialty Dumpling Galaxy from Queens – one of the 38 best restaurants across the country, by the Eater critic, Bill Addison – looks to Boston (and beyond) for potential expansion.
The first extension of the restaurant will be a small-scale, fast-casual store within the Super HK supermarket of Flushing, where owner Helen You will offer 10 to 12 dumplings – much less than the extensive menu in her original sit-down restaurant. Then you plan to look outside urban areas such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston outside of New York City.
"Boston is certainly a great market for this brand," Steven Gardner told Eater Boston; He is the founder of QSR Franchise Development Group, the company you work with to develop its franchise plan. "We hope that a number of strong multi-unit developers are interested in developing a market for Dumpling Galaxy in Boston.
Gardner also told Eater Boston that the city is logical, because it is both a university city and a tourist destination, which both means that there is sufficient foot traffic. According to Gardner, Dumpling Galaxy is likely to view Faneuil Hall, South Station, Kenmore Square, Commonwealth Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue, the Financial District, Chinatown, Brookline and Harvard Square as potential expansion areas.
The original Dumpling Galaxy offers more than 100 dumplings, but franchises would follow in the footsteps of You's first expansion, which serves about a dozen dumplings and some sides.
Shortly after the original location in Flushing & # 39; s Arcadia Mall was opened, Pete Wells puffed about the restaurant in the pages of the New York Times. "I have eaten whole meals that showed less flavor than one of Ms. You's dumplings filled with great small meatballs of duck and shiitakes," he wrote about one of the many dumplings.
And from Eater's own Bill Addison in his explanation why Dumpling Galaxy is one of the 38 essential restaurants in the United States:
In Helen You's spicy beef dumplings grated ginger is not just a taste – it's a deliberate physical sensation, the juicy crunch is a fat exclamation mark against the highly seasoned meat. You do not compress the fillings, so the elements mix, but never lose their distinctive character; she knows textures of ingredients as Van Gogh knew the feeling of spreading paint over a cloth with his fingers. The restaurant serves dozens of variations on jiaozi, the pleated dumplings that you mastered during her childhood in northeastern China. They look homely, but they contain masses. Try the version with lamb and pumpkin, and then the pork and chives, and then her impeccable har Gau. Are there better soup boxes in New York? I did not find them.
As you told Eater New York and Gardner to Eater Boston, they expect the expansion plans to start sometime in 2019. If Dumpling Galaxy does finding its way to Boston, it will probably soon find its way onto this map.
Dumpling Galaxy is not the only restaurant in New York City with an extension to Boston. Barbecue weight Mighty Quinn hopes to open a Boston franchise by the end of 2019, for one and hand-drawn noodle heaven. Xi & # 39; Famous Foods tries to come to Boston since 2012. Plus, the casual fried chicken chain from David Chang, Fuku opens this weekend at the Seaport District in Boston – look here for more information – and the Milk Bar from Christina Tosi, which started under the umbrella of Chang's Momofuku empire but operating independently is almost ready to open at Harvard Square.
• Flushing & # 39; s Dumpling Galaxy plots fast-free-rural for the whole world [ENY]
• Restaurant review: Dumpling Galaxy in Queens [NYT]
• Where to eat Dumplings in and around Boston [EBOS]