Off-the-beaten-path but still delicious.
This super low-key dumpling joint is hidden below East Broadway. Even though Jin Mei only has three tables, they’re almost always available — a nice change from crowded spots like Fried Dumpling on Mosco Street. The dumplings and buns are good, especially when you can get them fresh off the griddle. Watch them hand roll the dough in the back as you pay for your order. They also have what has to be one of the cheapest snacks in Chinatown, a slice of baked scallion pancake for less than 50 cents. Ask for some homemade spicy cabbage on the side (it’s extra, but worth it). There’s a big tub on the counter just waiting to be served up.
Jin Mei Dumplings
25 Henry Street
Not only is Chinatown the cheapest place in the city to grab a bite to eat, now you can explore NYC’s coolest neighborhood with the help of a free app. That’s right, get Chinatown Chow Down on iTunes for less than the cost of 6 dumplings — 100% Free! You’re welcome.
The brand new site Bites of the Big Apple spends the day exploring Chinatown with the help of Untapped Cities and Chinatown Chow Down as their eating guide.
Good news for Chinatown fans with Androids. Chinatown Chow Down is now available on Google Play right here. For 2 bucks you’ll get over 100 hand picked places around the neighborhood from soups to dumplings to snacks. You’ll also get free updates, including one coming this summer with food markets, drink shops, and more!
Attention Chinatown lovers! From March 9-18, you can experience an incredible deal at 17 restaurants in our favorite neighborhood at the first ever Chinatown Restaurant Week. For a special price of $18.88, you can chow down on a 3-course dinner to remember at all of the participating venues. For more information, check out this great post from the Village Voice that has a list of all the dining options and follow Chinatown Restaurant week on Twitter and Facebook.
Bonus radio clip: Chinatown Chow Down on FM News New York 101.9!
At Chinatown Chow Down we’re very excited to be part of a fun upcoming event. The fine folks over at BBQ Films have been planning this shindig for a while, and it’s finally all come together for what is promising to be an unforgettable night of food, beer, and Bruce Lee. With tons of Chef One dumplings to chow down on and Chinese beer to sip, you won’t go hungry or thirsty. There will also be a spectacular performance by the traditional Lion Dance Team from the United East Athletic Association to ring in the new year, a spectacle that will blow you away. But wait, there’s a movie too! The cult classic kung fu flick Enter the Dragon is on tap for a stunning finale to a fantastic night that all takes place just steps from Chinatown. Watch the trailer to get you in the mood and grab your tickets here.