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$15 to spend in Chinatown

I'm taking the day off and feel like walking around Chinatown for lunch, but I'm trying to stick to a budget. I've got $15 in my pocket, and want to sample something really delicious. Any suggestions? I've tried the pork buns at Mei Li Wah, and wasn't too crazy about them. I've had soup dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling and Super Taste (great, both places). Any other suggestions? Thanks. Hoping i can sample 2 or 3 things.

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  1. Let's see...here are some possible options.

    The $5.95 Lunch Special at Amazing 66:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340879

    Small $7.00 order of Cantonese Style BBQ Roast Pork at Big Wong King:
    http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

    Order of Eight Tiny Fried Buns with Pork for $5.25 at 456:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/770707

    $6.00 Bowl of Beef Noodle Soup at Food Sing 88 Corp:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824272

    Something at He Nan Flavors perhaps?
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774685

    Bowl of Wonton Soup at Noodle Village:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493604

    Something spicy at Old Sichuan:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/742493
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753976

    Pork or Cumin Lam Burgers or Lamb Face Noodles at Xian Famous Foods:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/673306

    ending with Ice Cream or Sorbet from the Chinatwon Ice Cream Factory on Bayard?

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

    Amazing 66
    66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Big Wong
    67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Noodle Village
    13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    Food Sing 88
    2 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

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

    Old Sichuan
    65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

    He Nan Flavor
    68 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

    1. Xi'an Famous Foods! Not as big a fan of the Lamb Face as some others, but the "burgers" and noodles are pretty great.

      Also worth a look: hand-pulled noodles at Lan Zhou Handmade Noodle on East Broadway between Pike and Essex. Not to be confused with another place with nearly the same name on Division (or maybe it was also on East Broadway, but closer to Bowery) that's totally inferior.

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      Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle
      144 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

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

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

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      1. re: sgordon

        Also there is an excellent Malaysian Style Jerky on Canal between Orchard and Ludlow on the south side of the street.

        There is a Chinese kebab vendor up the block from the East Broadway Xi'an that sells $1 skewers of various meats and organs. I like the lamb sprinkled with cumin, chili pepper and salt.

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        Ling Kee
        42 Canal St, New York, NY 10002

        1. re: sgordon

          is the address of the good lan zhou noodles 144 e broadway?

          1. re: AubWah

            yah 144 east bway (the name changed, but its the same place)

            1. re: Lau

              have u been there recently? is the broth worth the trouble? too salty?

              1. re: AubWah

                i haven't been there in 4-5 months, the broth is decent, i think its a bit better than the other places. The noodles are quite good and the beef is ok, but is a bit of an after thought. if you hit it with chili oil and pickled vegetables it will taste pretty decent

                overall, i think its the best of all the hand pulled noodle spots that i've been to in manhattan

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                Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle
                144 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

                1. re: AubWah

                  Was there about a month or so ago, still solid. It's a total hole-in-the-wall, the noodlemaker beats the dough on a big metal table right out in the dining room, which can be fun to watch if you're dining solo. I like their broth more than Super Taste or Sheng Wang, personally, and like Lau says it's meant to be hit with a dollop of the pickled veggies and the chilis in oil. Also like he says, the meat is just sort of tossed in - but I find that's the case at most places. It's usually a hunk of something tendony and gristly, which some people like to chew on (me not so much) - but really, it's about the broth and the noodles in the end.

                  Their dumplings are also decent. A bit thick-skinned, but the filling is all right. Nothing to go out of your way for, nor as good as Vanessa's or Prosperity (though I think Prosperity's gone a bit downhill of late, personally) - but if you find a bowl of soup isn't quite enough for you, you could do worse than add an order.

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

                  Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle
                  144 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

                  Prosperity Dumpling
                  46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

                  1. re: sgordon

                    Prosperity dumplings taste of msg to me. I prefer Tasty dumpling

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                    Tasty Dumpling
                    54 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

                    Prosperity Dumpling
                    46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

                  2. re: AubWah

                    I thought it was slightly salty on my last visit. But these things easily change with each visit. Folks are friendly. Smaller portion of beef noodles compared to the other places.

                    1. re: scoopG

                      i think 144 east broadway's fried dumplings are quite good, i like them better than prosperity although they are different type of dumpling

            2. the peking duck sandwich at vanessa dumpling house. Though I had to walk out last time I was there due to the huge line of tourists clutching their guide books....

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

              1. You could also parse up the $15 and hit up various street vendors for a congee-zongzi-fish ball-dragon beard candy mini tasting menu.

                1. OK very interesting. Not sure what you mean about soup dumplings at prosperity and super taste, those places are more about fried pork dumplings at prosperity and hand pulled noodle soups at super taste. Soup Dumplings are generally associated with Shanghai restaurants. I suggest trying them at Shanghai Cafe at 100 Mott. They come 8 to an order for $4.95. Then go to Great NY Noodletown and order roast duck and roast pork on rice and do not forget to ask for ginger sauce. That costs around 5 or 5.50. Then go to Double Crispy Bakery and get a coconut almond pastry and a small yuen yang drink for $1.80. You should be stuffed

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                  Double Crispy Bakery
                  230 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

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

                  Shanghai Cafe
                  100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013