Best Cheap Eats: Various Dumpling Shops (Readers’ Choice)

Wontons with Spicy Sauce at Vanessa's Dumplings. Photo courtesy of New York Food Journal.
Wontons with Spicy Sauce at Vanessa’s Dumplings. Photo courtesy of New York Food Journal.

“Cheap” is a relative concept, but most people voting in our survey agreed: Chinese dumplings are the way to go. Readers were all over the map, however, when it came to picking the top spot among the neighborhood’s many dumpling shops. Some are loyal to the old standbys: Vanessa’s (118 Eldridge St.) and Prosperity Dumpling (46 Eldridge St.), both offering four pork dumplings for $1.

Others, scared away by the swarming tourists, have turned elsewhere. Lam Zhou (144 E. Broadway) is our personal favorite, for their delicate skin and flavorful filling. Lam Zhou also happens to serve outstanding hand-pulled noodles. There were a few votes for China North Dumpling (27 Essex St.), where you get 10 dumplings for $2, and for Shu Jiao Fu Zhou (118 Eldridge St., in the same building as Vanessa’s), which sells eight dumplings for $2.

Vanessa’s Dumpling House
118 Eldridge St.
Prosperity Dumpling
46 Eldridge St.
Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle
144 East Broadway
China North Dumpling
27 Essex St.
Shu Jiao Fu Zhou
118 Eldridge St.
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