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
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.