Cheap Chinatown Food Under $5

Visiting New York City and on a budget? Or are you already from the city but don’t know much about the cheap eats in Chinatown? This friendly and lively neighborhood is always welcoming to new and familiar faces while also captures the history and essence from the past. Chinatown is not all about its amazing food but also runs its long lived shops and stores of culture and traditions. Each block you walk on is filled with many restaurants, tourist attractions, and historic landmarks. Those who are always eager to find and eat yummy meals at an affordable price should stop by each and one of the restaurants listed below, trust me you will not regret it!


Fried Dumplings



Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle

144 E Broadway

10 for $3

The pork and chive dumplings are always a favorite meal or snack during the day. Whether it is fried or boiled, each dumpling is filled with scrumptious flavor that makes you want more each time you take a bite. Dip each one in soy sauce or even spice it up with some sriracha. Either way, sauced or not these pot stickers never disappoint!


Dim Sum

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Hop Shing Restaurant

9 Chatham Sq

Dim sum is a Chinese cuisine where small bite sized portions of food is served along with tea at an impeccable price. Carts with these dishes are rolled around the restaurant to serve to customers without having the leave their seats. At Hop Shing, every dish is made fresh every morning to satisfy each customer that walks through the doors. Dim sum is a must in Chinatown so why not make it right and stop by Hop Shing?


Fried Chicken Over Rice



May Wah Fast Food

190 Hester Street

Lunch? Dinner? Get a fried chicken leg over rice drenched with yummy sauce for only $4.75! With pickled veggies and a tea egg this meal is oh so worth it especially under $5


Roast Pork Over Rice

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Wah Fung No 1

79 Chrystie St


DROOL! Piled high to the top this meal may look small but is so very filling and totally worth it. The bottom is filled with rice and on top is piled with a large amount of juicy roast pork accompanied with veggies. This dish can be found everywhere in Chinatown but the best lies in Wah Fung. The sauce is sweet, salty, and tangy all at the same time that compliments the roast pork in every bite. Each piece of meat is so juicy with small bites of fat that you cant resist eating.


Hand Pulled Noodles



Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles


1 Doyers St


These noodles can be watched as they are hand pulled apart and made fresh everyday to satisfy new and daily customers. Ranging from short to long, these noodles have a thick yet chewy texture that makes you want another bite every time. There are so many different kinds of meat and vegetables that is thrown together in one bowl in a nice soupy broth that one has got to try when they are in Chinatown!


Banh Mi

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Banh Mi Saigon

198 Grand St


A Vietnamese sandwich filled with yummy meat and vegetables all wrapped in a crunchy and toasty baguette. It comes in chicken, beef, and vegetarian for those of you who like variety. For over two decades, this restaurant has been making traditional sandwiches and much more of the Vietnamese cuisine. Each baguette is stuffed with savory meats, mayo, hot peppers, pickled carrots, cucumber, and cilantro.


Sponge Cakes


Kam Hing Coffee Shop

119 Baxter Street


This coffee shop sells traditional Chinese sweets and drinks and their well known sponge cakes. These little treats will melt in your mouth with every bite including new flavors that come out daily such as matcha, coconut, strawberry, and pumpkin spice. Under $1, these cakes are a great snack to munch on.



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