“Cheap Eats” is my post-series on cheap restaurants and prepared food options in New York. I recommend cooking your own food most of the time, but every once in a while it is nice to indulge and you don’t have to pay through the nose to do so. I plan to review many of the cheap options I find on various websites and will let you know if they are as good and as cheap as advertised. If you have a suggestion for a place to review, feel free to let me know through my contact page.
My first stop in this series is an old favorite of mine: Prosperity Dumpling. I heard about this dumpling shop years ago and thought that $1 for a serving of dumplings in New York City was too good to be true. I hopped off the B/D train at Grand St. and worked my way southeast to 46 Eldridge Street (map here). I proceeded to walk right by Prosperity Dumpling and, after some confusion when I realized I was too far south, backtracked and was greeted with this storefront:
I walked inside. Well, more accurately, I proceeded to open the door and find that there wasn’t enough room for me to step into the building. The place is quite small. But don’t worry, the claustrophobia is temporary and the anticipation of delicious dumplings will take over.
I recommend the Chives and Pork Dumplings. You get 4 for $1! What a deal. Since my first trip to Prosperity Dumpling, I have discovered the Sesame Pancake ($1) and the Sesame Pancake with Pork and Vegetables ($2).
I recommend taking the food to-go as I am sure you can find a much more spacious place to eat (there is a park 1 block west). BUT WAIT! Before you go, make sure to grab some of the sauce they have on the counters. Put that on your dumplings and then you are allowed to leave. As far as the taste of the food, well, it’s amazing. Take note, this is not the healthiest option out there. The Sesame Pancake in particular is a little greasy, so I wouldn’t recommend eating here all the time, but it is a truly satisfying lunch for $2/$3.
But wait, there’s more! Recently, I started purchasing Prosperity Dumpling’s 50-pack of frozen dumplings to make at home, sold at the very same location. The total price for the frozen pack is $9. They are extremely easy to prepare at home. And, depending on your preparation style, they can be slightly healthier (not fried up in oil).
I should note that there are other dumpling places in Chinatown that are just as cheap. I haven’t tried the others because I am so satisfied with Prosperity Dumpling, but if any of you have dumpling experiences that you would like to share, feel free to mention them in the comments!
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