Cheap Eats: Steamed Buns, Anyone?

“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.

I was told recently about a Korean/Japanese food court in midtown Manhattan. Huh? I had to check this place out and see what food court means when you are in Manhattan:

Food Gallery 32 – 11 West 32nd Street (map)

Yup, there it is - a sign that says "food court" and there is a Red Mango inside as well!
Yup, there it is – a sign that says “food court” and there is a Red Mango inside as well!
Turns out, it really is a food court! You walk through the doors into a big open space with tables and all around are various Korean and Japanese counters where you order your food!
It's pretty popular!
It’s pretty popular!
Of course, I did a full circuit, looking at all the options. There were a ton of delicious-looking items, but in the end, only one that looked great and fit my budget all at once. I ended up right back at the front, just inside the entrance at a stand called Bunn.

Mmm - plenty of steamed bun options here!
Mmm – plenty of steamed bun options here!

I grabbed two pork buns and scurried back to my office (I kind of wish I had time to eat in the food court and get the full experience, but alas, the daily grind called). There, I opened up my first pork bun packaging.

Nice and sticky looking!
Nice and sticky looking!

As I bit into it, I found a surprise! Inside was pork, sure, but there were also rice noodles! I had never thought of that combination, but it worked so well!

Those noodles were delicious!
Those noodles were delicious!

The Cheap Eats Breakdown

How was the ordering experience? The guy at Bunn saw me come in, walk away from his stand only to return. I bet he knows that his stand is an awesome option. He was very nice though and even stood out of the frame when I asked if I could take a picture of Bunn (although I might have preferred him staying in the frame for context!) The pork buns were ready immediately and I was on my way!

How unique is the food? Pork buns seem relatively common, however the addition of rice noodles on the inside makes this very unique in my book!

How delicious was the food? Yum! What more can I say? I’m a sucker for pork buns and these were definitely good ones!

Did it fill me up for $5 or less? Juuust barely. The food was delicious and I would consider two (decently sized) pork buns a light lunch. Final price was $5!

Conclusion: Definitely check this place out and if you have more than $5 to spend, there are a ton of interesting and probably amazing food options in the food court. No wonder there were so many people there!

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4 thoughts on “Cheap Eats: Steamed Buns, Anyone?

  1. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life May 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

    The noodles inside look amazing!
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    • Mr NYBudget May 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

      It was such a happy surprise!

  2. DC @ Young Adult Money May 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Pork and rice noodles??? Yeah I would not have thought of that combination. Sounds like it’s worth a try, though.
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    • Mr NYBudget May 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Definitely worth a try. Although, I wonder if it is quite as good if you are expecting it.

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