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Suggestions for seafood/ fish/ vegetarian lunches in Chinatown?

I have recently started a job close to Bowery and Delancey, and have enjoyed so many of the Chinatown recommendations from this board on my lunch breaks. I am wondering if anyone can recommend where to go specifically for good, cheap fish and vegetarian lunch dishes? I would love to try some of the fresh seafood in the neighborhood but am unsure where to go and what dishes are good to order. Time constraints have made me hesitate to go to some of the fancier sit down restaurants for my lunch break. Any suggestions for your favorite, quick (hole in the wall) fish and/or vegetarian meals in Chinatown?

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  1. cheap fresh seafood lunch in chinatown doesn't really exist

    1. Hi catrae - this should get you started. Many of these places will have lunch specials. At Amazing 66 they have over sixty-five $$5.50 lunch specials which include tea, soup, entree and rice. Make sure you grab this one sheet special menu and not their regular menu.

      For straight-up vegetarian only fare, there is the Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell and Buddha Bodhai on Mott Street.

      CANTONESE
      Ah-Ping Snack Bar:
      http://www.chow.com/digest/7568/in-ch...

      Amazing 66:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340879

      East Corner Wonton:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6113...

      Fujian operated Homemade, Hand-Pulled Noodle spots:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492376
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/504362

      Great New York Noodletown:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678367

      Oriental Garden:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764593

      Noodle Village:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493604

      South China Garden:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/679270
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750220

      FUJIAN
      Best Fuzhou Restaurants: (Note the Best Fuzhou one on Forsyth Street has changed hands and is now Henan Flavors).
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483902

      Double Dragon:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/714304

      Fujian operated Homemade, Hand-Pulled Noodle spots:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/492376
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/504362

      SHANGHAINESE
      456:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770707

      Shanghai Café Deluxe
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769840
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704166
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583263

      SICHUAN
      Famous Sichuan:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753398

      Old Sichuan:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7424...
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753976

      Also there are these old standbys:
      Big Wong King at 67 Mott Street, 10013.
      Fuleen Seafood at 11 Division Street, 10002.
      Yogee Restaurant at 85 Chrystie Street, 10002.
      Yummy Noodles at 44 Bowery, 10013.

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

      Amazing 66
      66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      Best Fuzhou
      71 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

      Big Wong
      67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      Buddha Bodai
      5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      Fuleen
      11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

      Shanghai Cafe
      100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      Noodle Village
      13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      Yogee
      85 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

      Yummy Noodles
      48 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

      Oriental Garden
      14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      Vegetarian Dim Sum House
      24 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

      East Corner Wonton
      70 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

      Double Dragon
      13 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

      Ah Ping Snack Bar
      2 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

      Famous Sichuan
      10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

      Old Sichuan
      65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

      456 Shanghai Cuisine
      69 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: scoopG

        wow! thank you- I will definitely try some of these out. I appreciate your help.

      2. Banh Mi Saigon has several vegetarian sandwiches, and one with sardines. Good, cheap, and fast, as is Vanessa's Dumpling House. Nyonya and Congee Bowery, while not holes in the wall, have quick service and plenty of seafood and vegetarian options.

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        Nyonya
        199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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

        Banh Mi Saigon
        198 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

        Congee Bowery
        207 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

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        1. re: small h

          Vanessa's has a good pork sandwich on fresh sesame bread for only $3. This was the one on Eldridge St.

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

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I'm sure that's good intel, but note the heading of this thread.

        2. Please define cheap? Would a $5.75 lunch special at Amazing 66 count? (steamed fish-slice in the black bean sauce + rice + soup). The fish is reasonably fresh: not the sushi-kind of fresh of course

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          Amazing 66
          66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          2 Replies
          1. re: diprey11

            I think I will try Amazing 66 tomorrow based on your and ScoopG's suggestions. Cheap is basically $10 and under for lunch. I appreciate the suggestions- I'm from the heartland and while I can catch grow and cook the foods I grew up with, I have little knowledge of ocean fish, or good Chinese food. I guess I'm just learning now.

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            Amazing 66
            66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: catrae

              Make sure you ask for their lunch special menu - printed on one sheet of paper. This is where the 65+ lunch specials are. They will hand you the regular menu. Depending on the time you arrive, you may have to sit at a table with others - they have only about 3-4 two tops.

          2. Don't know if this is too much of a hike, but there's Xian Foods on Bayard Street between Bowery and Mott Street, which has its liang pi cold skin noodles - IMO, one of NYC's great vegetarian dishes.

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