Date Night! Ramen, Dumplings & School of Rock

When you’re a parent its hard to get away for a date night. Dave and I have an awesome group of willing babysitters but we just never seem to get away! Luckily for us we snuck away just before the winter storm this weekend and were able to venture to the city for dinner and a Broadway show! Back before the holidays I told my parents that we wanted to see School of Rock and so my mom generously gave us money to buy tickets and have enough leftover for dinner. I snagged some great seats during Broadway Week and Dave met me in the city on Friday night after I dropped Sadie off with my mom. She was sick but luckily my mom offered to take her anyway. (We picked her up late that night because we didn’t want her stuck there all weekend.)

For dinner I was craving ramen. And for once not the pre-packaged college variety but good, authentic ramen. We tried to hit up Ippudo in the Theatre District but they don’t take reservations and the place was mobbed with people waiting in a little tiny space. No thank you! On our walk to Ippudo I had noticed a tiny hole in the wall that also offered ramen, so we headed back there and walked into Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen. Pretty self explanatory right? We shared a table with another person (its one of those places where they cram  you in every which way) and got to ordering. I went for the House Special Ramen and Dave chose the Roasted Duck Ramen. We also decided to share the Scallion Pancakes and Pan Fried Pork Dumplings. I figured the pancakes and dumplings would come out first followed by the soup, but the dumplings do take 20 minutes to make (it warns you on the menu) and the place just brings each item out as they are ready. So our ramen came out first.

House Special Ramen at Kung Fu Steamed Buns Ramen

House Special Ramen

Dave slurping at Kung Fu Steamed Buns Ramen

Doesn’t it look pretty? I love how ramen is presented tableside – its like a mini work of art! Unfortunately I felt the ramen looked better than it tasted. The broth was kind of bland at first taste. I had to add in a bunch of Sriracha to boost the flavor. The beef was also pretty fatty and I wasn’t a fan. But the hand pulled noodles were amazing! Cooked perfectly and I was digging for more. Dave’s ramen was also slightly disappointing – he was really looking forward to the duck and almost every piece was fatty or mainly bones and gristle.

Next our Scallion Pancakes came out – Mmmmm. These were GOOD. Not too greasy and they had great flavor and texture. If I wasn’t so full from the ramen, I probably would have eaten most of them!

Scallion Pancakes at Kung Fu Steamed Buns Ramen

Scallion Pancakes

And last but certainly not least – the Pan Fried Pork Dumplings! These were the star of the show.

Pan Fried Pork Dumplings at Kung Fu Steamed Buns Ramen

Pan Fried Pork Dumplings

The bottoms were so crispy and the dumplings were soft and doughy… Mmmm. Dave discovered instructions for how to eat the dumplings written on the back of the chopsticks packet, so we went at it!


Eating dumplings at Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen

P.S. I never learned how to properly eat with chopsticks. Don’t judge me.

I really enjoyed these dumplings. Savory, sweet, fried but soft… ughhh so good!! If I knew better I would have only ordered these! They definitely made up for the ramen. I was so full at this point I could barely finish, but I really wanted to finish the dumplings! By the time we left there was a line out the door, so clearly its popular. I wonder how much of their business is run off from people who can’t get into Ippudo? They also had some great dessert buns I would have liked to try, but for lack of stomach room and time left until our show it had to wait until next time.

We headed off to the theater and it was time for School of Rock!

I already talked about the show a little in my Sunday Lately post but I’ll say it again – IT WAS SO GOOD!!! We had amazing seats, the talent of the cast was insane and the songs were catchy and so great.YelpKFD

Once the show was over we headed straight to the car – the snow was starting and we wanted to get to Sadie before it got really late. A shorter date night than anticipated, but great nonetheless. Now to plan the next one!

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen
811 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019


  1. Oh, what a bummer that the ramen wasn’t as good as it looks. It looks awesome! I’ve get to find a good ramen place here in Cleveland but am really looking forward to trying one I just saw on Instagram. Fingers crossed!

  2. YES TO DUMPLINGS! And for someone who is half Asian, my chopstick skills aren’t the greatest. They’re pretty good, given my grandparents only own chopsticks and spoons, so at certain family gatherings it was literally “chopsticks or starve!” LOL

    I’m becoming a real ramen fan. We have a few dedicated ramen joints in Nashville now, but I have to assume New York does it better. Except this place. Yes to dumplings instead.
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  3. Dumplings are my absolute FAVORITE!!! I always eat them first or only order them. Hi, my name is Kelly, and I have been addicted to dumplings (or potstickers on the West Coast) for 20 years. I fully intend to continue to fuel my addiction. 🙂

  4. Oh man. Dumplings! My favorite restaurant in town in a dumpling place. I could eat there all day everyday. When I was little, we had these chopstick sets my parents got when they went to Hong Kong. I pretty much wanted to eat every meal with them. Mac & cheese is good to practice on. 🙂
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  5. I have never had proper Ramen. I know! I need to fix this. Also, I don’t know if it’s because I’m particularly hungry at the moment or what, but this all looks soooooo good. Makes me want to take a trip to NYC!
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