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Sep 30, 2011 07:35 PM

Best Cheap Asian Food

Hey Guys,

So I'm looking for recommendations for great cheap Asian food. I'm especially partial to Chinese (Szechuan Gourmet is my current obsession) and Vietmanese and love a lot lof heat (though not required). Basically, I'm a little broke right now so the cheaper the better but without compromising quality. My last requirment is I don't want to be waited on. I'm usually by myself so I'm more comfortable with places where I can order at a counter but that still has a seating area.

Thanks for your help!

Szechuan Gourmet
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

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    1. Specifying a neighborhood would be helpful, but I can give you some ideas for places to eat without being waited on. The following includes a variety Asian cuisines.

      Panya (East Village)
      M2M Mart (East Village)
      Sunrise Mart (SoHo)
      Food Gallery 32 (KTown)
      Woorijip (KTown)
      Nicky's Banh Mi (East Village)
      Banh Mi Zon (East Village)
      Vanessa's Dumplings (Chinatown [and I guess East Village but I wouldn't recommend it])
      Go! Go! Curry (Midtown)
      Xi'an Famous Foods (East Village/Chinatown)
      Rai Rai Ken (East Village)
      Num Pang (East Village/Midtown)
      TKettle (East Village)

      Vanessa's Dumpling House
      118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

      Go Go Curry
      273 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

      8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

      Sunrise Mart
      494 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

      26 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      12 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
      150 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009

      Rai Rai Ken
      214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

      55 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Num Pang Sandwich Shop
      21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

      Xi'an Famous Foods
      81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      Banh Mi Zon
      443 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

      Xi'an Famous Foods
      88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

      Food Gallery 32
      11 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      Num Pang Sandwich Shop
      140 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

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      1. re: MWinston

        Thanks for the recommendations. I'm looking forward to trying all of these. I didn't specify a neighborhood because I'm open to traveling anywhere in the city. The only place I'v'e been to on your list is Num Pang (which I love). I walk by Xi'an Famous Foods all the time and I always want to try it but it is always packed . . . and I've always been curious about M2M Mart.

        I'll let you know how it goes.


        55 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Num Pang Sandwich Shop
        21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

        Xi'an Famous Foods
        88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

        1. re: titleTK

          If you are willing to venture, the Xi'an location on Bayard in Chinatown has the most seating available

          Xi'an Famous Foods
          67 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

        2. re: MWinston

          Is Panya still open? When I try to search for it most sources say it is closed. Thanks!

          8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: MWinston

            Just a warning that Nicky's was sold and is now "Vicky's" (seriously). I haven't been since the change to see if its the same sandwich, but definitely new management. I assume the prices are similar.

            Personally I'm a Saigon Banh Mi girl, but Nicky's always did have great crispy bread (though its a smaller sandwich and costs more - not as much as Num Pang though).

          2. Great NY Noodletown is super cheap and tasty. The service is barely discernible.

            Great New York Noodletown
            28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: H Manning

              Was just going to say that the service at Noodletown is as close to not being waited on as one can get without having actual counter service - always at least a couple people eating alone when I am there and just this weekend we had a pretty sizable lunch for 5 for 40 bucks.

            2. If you want to emphasize the cheap part, the best bargains are in some of the restaurants in the Fujianese section of Chinatown (e.g., East Broadway and cross streets) because this is where the Chinese workers in transit between NY and their jobs in other states hang out. For example I went by Langqi Zhong Hing at 30 Market St . I ordered the egg noodles in peanut sauce for $2, which I expected to be appetizer sized. Wrong--it was a full order of noodles, quite tasty, plus they gave me a cup of soup.

              New Zhong Hing
              30 Market St, New York, NY 10002

              1. For those recommending Vanessa's Dumplings - they're delicious. But Prosperity Dumplings a few blocks away is even better. It's on Eldridge between Hester and Canal in Chinatown. The space is small - maybe 4 stools. But show them a buck and you get five dumplings. I love the fried pork and chive dumplings. And the scallion pancakes for $1.50 or so are out of this world. This spot is one of my favorite finds in all of New York.

                Anyone else been? What did they think?


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                1. re: AdrienneK

                  Yep, Prosperity is my go to. I like just about everything I've had there (sesame pancake with veggies, soup, buns) and its all just about $1. Definitely tops the list of high value NY asian foods.