Good Authentic Chinese Food in NY For Cheap
So, being a college kid and all, I don't have a lot of money to throw down on food. I've been craving some real authentic Chinese food along the lines of the stuff I used to get at Fuloon back home in Boston. I spend a decent amount of time in the city, so I figure I'd like to have a few places in mind to look at to get some authentic and real Chinese dishes (in particular good meat as well, because the meat at my school is a joke, I need real stuff!) My girl and I plan on getting something this weekend and I'm not looking to spend a whole lot. Where are some good places? I am not worried about classiness or anything either. Just quality of the food and the price.
Also, where is a place that has good steamed pork buns? I've been craving them like mad.
See long thread about Shanghai Cafe. When you talk about pork buns, if you're referring to the item served at dim sum restaurants and bakeries, that's a Cantonese item that you probably won't find at Shanghai Cafe. For pork buns check the thread posted above--many places that have good baked pork buns will also make a good steamed version.
What kind of restaurant is Fuloon? It looks Sichuan?
If you really want good Chinese food at reasonable prices, are you willing to go to Flushing?
Manhattan is pretty good at certain genres like Cantonese roast meat, Sichuan, Fujianese, and Xian, but Flushing is where it's at for nearly everything else. And also has the distinction of having some of the more obscure styles of cooking (Shangdong/Qingdao, Henan, Dongbei, and Wenzhou)!
Since you mentioned meat, I guess you're interested in roast pork, roast duck, that sort of thing? Great NY Noodletown is very good, cheap, and open late.
Best Sichuan: my favorite is Szechuan Gourmet but there are some clunkers on the huge menu. Grand Sichuan in Chelsea (there are several "Grand Sichuan" restaurants of varying quality only some of which are related) is very good, too. Others are big fans of Wu Liang Ye or Lan Sheng.
When you say steamed pork buns, I assume you mean char siu bao (steamed BBQ pork buns)? I actually think Chinatown Brasserie's are great but they are petite and pricey comparatively speaking.
Wu Liang Ye
36 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
60 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
Thank you so much! My friend Jason told me to check out Flushing too, so maybe I'll be able to get over there. I'm pretty sure Fuloon was Sizchuan. I'll have to take a look at these places and see which one is the most reasonable.
For meat, I'm thinkin something either like roast duck, or like sauteed beef in some kind of sauce. Fuloon had this awesome dish called "Wok Baked Beef", so something like that.