Dumpling Palace opened at 179 Mass Ave. in Boston last week, with festive fanfare in the form of lion dancing, according to some witnesses on Twitter. The location most recently housed Chinese take-out spot Nan Ling.
In a Chowhound post over the weekend, local restaurant critic MC Slim JB suggests Dumpling Palace is a sibling of Chinatown's Dumpling Cafe. (UPDATE: A press release sent on Tuesday morning confirms that Dumpling Palace comes from chefs Peter Wang and Chef Chen, the duo behind Dumpling Cafe.) Indeed, the wide-ranging menus are similar, with both places offering "mini juicy buns" with pork and crabmeat — also known as soup dumplings. Dumpling Palace also serves steamed and pan-fried dumplings and other appetizers, plus soups, fried rice, noodle dishes, and an array of entrees.
The new spot has 48 seats and is open from 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. daily.