When cheap just isn't cheap enough, Chinatown is there for you. What follows are recommendations for thirteen sweet and savory snacks to fill the belly and warm the soul—most for $2 and under.
'Prosperity Dumpling' on Serious Eats
Why is it that Chinatown's dumpling shops—the ones that specialize in dumplings for $1.25 a meal, feel the need to offer noodles? Could they be any good? After sampling noodles from four of these shops I can say: yes, some of the time.
Prosperity Dumpling and Vanessa's Dumpling House are pretty equidistant from our office, each with a big fanclub and extremely big cast-iron pans that fry up impressively large quantities of dumplings and sesame pancakes all day. Which did we like better?
Our desert island dumpling would be the chewy-crispy, pork-filled, Beijing-style guo tie. You'll see them on the menu as fried dumplings or potstickers. Last week, we visited every dumpling shop in Chinatown to see whose were best.
The sesame pancakes are light and spongy, with so many sesame seeds they practically form a second crust (this is a good thing).