Parm is home to—you guessed it—some of the best parm sandwiches in town.
Big Wong King
This is some of the best roast pork in Chinatown. A serving over rice will set you back about five bucks.
Di Palo Selects
Head over at 1 p.m. for the fresh-from-the-oven porchetta, some of the best you'll ever have.
Pork, pumpkin, and salted egg buns are all excellent here, and about 70 cents each.
This noodle shop makes my favorite dumplings in the neighborhood, with juicy, tender, soy-saucy pork filling.
A great Italian bakery and sandwich shop, home to one of our favorite lard breads in the city. That's right—lard bread, with prosciutto baked right into the loaf.
If you go to Amazing 66, don't miss this specialty: short ribs stewed in a whole pumpkin.
This bright, airy sit-down restaurant has some great lunch specials, like this spicy fried fish.
Shanghai Cafe Deluxe
A Shanghainese sit-down restaurant with our favorite soup dumplings in Chinatown.
An order of the Big Tray of Chicken, topped with excellent hand-pulled noodles, serves three for a total of $14.
Sun Hing Lung Co.
A tiny tofu shop that also makes great steamed rice rolls.
The braciole here is just one example of how Rubirosa gets old school Italian right.
Xi'an Famous Foods
Xi'an's excellent hand-pulled noodles topped with cumin-spiced lamb is one of the best ways to spend $5 in New York.
They'll take extra care with your milk tea at Teado, letting you dictate the sweetness level and offering you a sample to see if it's to your liking.
It's not Italian or Chinese, but if you're in the area and looking for something different, the falafel sandwich at Taim is our favorite in the city.
Vanessa's Dumpling House
Though the dumplings at Vanessa's are just alright, their doughnutty griddled pancakes are a great deal.
New Beef King
Jerky comes in strips and chunks at New Beef King. The curry beef chunks are my favorite.
This restaurant does a lighter take on Malaysian classics like rendang, with generous portions and reasonable prices.
Kam Hing Coffee Shop
In the morning, this tiny coffee shop sells incredibly light and delicate sponge cakes. Best eaten when warm.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
If you visit Nom Wah, don't miss the rice rolls.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
This is the oldest dim sum restaurant in New York.
Wontons and noodles, better together. If you order it to go, they'll pack the noodles separately so they don't get soggy.