Really good soup dumplings and a question
Been downtown a lot this week and loving the access to Chinatown. Went to szechuan cooking (pretty sure that is the name) @ the corner of Mott and Bayard. Loved the soup dumplings! Never had these before--dumplings you "pop" and a porky, fatty broth squirts into the spoon. Eat the dumpling and chase with the soup. How cool. Also recommend the lunch special szechuan hot tofu. Cubed tofu wokked with peppercorns, scallions, ginger and chinese sausage. Excellent. Had pho for lunch today.
Question: Fast (less than 1 hour) and cheap (around $10) lunch for my last day in Chinatown for a long time. No dim sum, no Pings seafood, already had banh mi, pho and the above. What would you do, if you were me?
If you still want to have great soup dumplings (better than szechuan cooking) then you can go to Joe's Shanghai on Pell. For other Shanghai dishes I will go to New Yeah Shanghai or Shangahi cafe.
If you want some hearty home Chinese cooking, you can go to Big Wong on Mott for congee and Chinese BBQ (roast pork, soy chicken, roast duck, etc.)
For Cantonese wonton noodles and best fried soft shell crabs, go to NY Noodletown.
Last but not least, for Malaysian/Singaporean food (Hainan chicken rice and Roti), you can go to Singapore Cafe on Mott.
Enjoy your lunch in Chinatown!
I second that emotion: Shanghai Cafe and Yeah[Baby!] Shanghai are excellent.
One place I like for a quick bite is Excellent Dumpling on Lafayette, just south of Canal. Communal tables if you're by yourself; it can get crowded early. but the service is very fast. Sometimes I feel like playing in traffic after I eat there -- just to have more soothing experience, but the prices and food are great..
BTW: Grand Harmony just a couple of doors south of Shanghai Cafe is a good bet for Manhattan dimsum.