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Apr 1, 2010 09:51 AM

Great Cheap Food in Chinatown needed for my visit

Noodles, Pho, Dim Sum, Schezuan, Dumplings! Looking for value and great quality at bargain prices. Nothing fancy please. Just food that really delivers. Atmosphere and service not important. Just the food counts. Cleanliness would be nice. Coming to Manhattan in September for 5 days and thinking Chinatown is where the deals for meals are. Right? Thanks, folks.

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  1. You may want to search and then post on the Outer Boroughs board also. Flushing is alive with great Asian food.

    1. Joe's ginger and Joe's Shanghai, also Big Wong and for pho New Bo Ky.
      Shake Shack for burger in Madison Square Park
      Arturo's on Houston for great pizza.
      Noodle shops such as Ippudo, Setagaya and Momofuku in est village for ramen.
      Little India in the twenties on Lex such as Channai Garde

      Shake Shack
      Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

      Joe's Shanghai
      24 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

      New Bo Ky
      80 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

      Big Wong
      67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. Can get delicious dirt cheap street vendor food in Chinatown (egg rolls, goat-on-a-stick). I've posted this for a couple questions recently, but I also really like the Dragon Land Bakery. Huge selection of sweet & savory buns, pastries, puddings, shakes, & teas ($1-$3).

        There are some great cheap eats in other places in Manhattan & the Outer Boroughs, too. Not just Chinatown. Pizza, Mexican, Curry, Puerto Rican, Ethiopian...

        Dragon Land Bakery
        125 Walker St, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: New Yorkophile

          New Yorkophile, please speak to me of these other foods you cite: Mexican, Pizza, etc. I am game. Will walk far. Probably staying in Chelsea. Will ride the subway. Want fabulous, delicious, authentic, cheap food experiences. Ethnic stuff mostly. Outer Boroughs a possibility if it's really worth it. Rather stay in Manhattan as I only have 5 days in NYC. Would go on a trek somewhere to an interesting spot for walking, browsing and eating, not just eating.

          1. re: Cookiemaker

            I find the east portion of Chinatown, particularly East Broadway under the bridge and some of the cross streets to be fascinating both foodwise and for ambience. This area is sometimes known as little Fuzhou, because it is the central employment agency for Fujianese Chinese restaurant workers all over the eastern USA. You can see these workers, in New York just long enough to get a new job in Ohio, Florida, Tennessee or wherever, pulling all their worldly possessions behind them in their suitcases. You can see the employment agencies and the signs offering cheap bus rides all over the east, midwest and south. This is one reason there are a lot of the nearby low cost restaurants mentioned in my other post below.

            1. re: Cookiemaker

              If you do a search on the Outer Boroughs board, you'll find lots of suggestions. For example:


              1. re: Cookiemaker

                Pizza: Where to start? :) Search "Pizza" on the Manhattan or Outer Boroughs boards to find dozens of recommendations. For "new" New York try Artichoke on 14th. Delicious. For after midnight pizza I like the broccoli slice @ Ben's Pizzeria in the Village on Macdougal.

                Mexican: Have to head to Queens. Which you should definitely do AT LEAST a half day for amazing food. The subway takes you everywhere you want to go. Check out Corona & Jackson Heights on the Outer Boroughs board.

                Curry/Indian Food: Go to Curry Hill, aka Murray Hill, the neighborhood east of the Empire State building. Also, Jackson Heights.

                Puerto Rican: Go to East Harlem. You can find great places within a couple blocks east of the subway on 116th & 125th. I love Lechonera on 125th near 2nd ave. Truly a hole in the wall with a counter. Amazing meat patties & pork lunch specials.

                Polish: Little Poland on 3rd ave in the East Village. The combo platter (pierogis, stuffed cabbage, keilbasy, & bigos) is worth the $13. Or can get a half order of pierogies for $6.

                Jewish: Katz's is a New York institution. Not cheap eats, but the sandwiches (salami, pastrami...) are more-than-enough for 2 people. Sharing or getting it to-go to save a half for later is highly recommended.

                Have fun! It's easy to find delicious (cheap) eats in NY when you're walking & keeping an eye out. Start in the Lower East Side & work your way up to Harlem & to the Outer Boroughs.

                Ben's Pizzeria
                123 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

            2. NY Noodletown on the Bowery for salt baked chicken and shrimp, bowls of dumpling soup, and Nha Trang on Centre Street for Pho soup, Golden Unicorn on East Broadway for dim sum, and Vietname Bahn Mi So 1 on Grand Street for Pho sandwiches. Make sure to visit Kam Man for their Asian goods, if only to browse. This is the true atmosphere of Chinatown. Also, if it's warm and you would like ice cream, visit Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for a taste of lychee, red bean, coconut and black sesame ice cream. Also, check the street vendors for coconut juice and fruit to snack on. They will very well have some good snack options. For snacks and small eats, visit any of the bakeries. Have fun eating your way through Chinatown.

              Nha Trang
              148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

              Golden Unicorn
              18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

              Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
              65 Bayard St Frnt B, New York, NY 10013

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              1. re: foodie1859

                Is NY Noodletown back up and running after being shut down by the DOH? Ive had hit or miss luck w/ the salt baked items but love the roasted meat rice plates (ridiculously cheap at 5 bucks each) and the singapore chow fun. When we ate there about a week before they were shut down our total bill for four people (each of us stuffed, and with a soda each) was 26 bucks. DOH or no, its a big hit.

                1. re: tex.s.toast

                  They were still closed when I walked by about a week ago on my way to dsgg.

                  1. re: StheJ

                    I'm hoping for the poster's sake that Noodletown will be open by the time they visit. I have heard that they were closed recently. I hope they're back for soft shell crab season.

              2. The Old Sichuan on Bayard between Mott and Elizabeth (look for the neon sign in the window, it used to be Yeah Shanghai Deluxe and they haven't changed the main sign) has the absolute best dan dan mian and fried juicy buns I've had in ages. Also love their Sichuan pickle. Cheap too.

                Old Sichuan
                65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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                1. re: buttertart

                  Further to the above, some pics from a recent visit. This is a solid place for a Sichuan meal in a largely Cantonese/SE Chinese neighborhood.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    Shengjian bao (chicken filling), cumin lamb over raw onion and cilantro, pickled green beans with hot pepper and ground pork above, their version of Chongqing lazi ji below (actually xiang la, fried and then tossed in a light vinegar-based sauce, I like the dry version better).