Chinatown in New York City is a whole other world. There are so many hidden treasures and restaurants off the beaten path, that only people "in the know" know about. I dine in Chinatowm on a weekly basis, not only for the great authentic cuisine, but for what I think are some of the "best bangs for your buck" in all of NYC. Seriously, I have spent five dollars and have been completely stuffed and satisfied at times!
I have certain favorites, such as Ping's Seafood for Dim Sum, Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles for amazing hand-pulled noodles, and Cong Ly for great and authentic Vietnamese. There are a lot more amazing spots too.
Two weeks ago I tried Great NY Noodletown, a restaurant I had walked by on Bowery often, but never dined at. Like most Chinatown restaurants, the decor is pretty much non-existent, but the food is the reason you come.
My Chinatown partner and I ordered steamed shrimp dumplings ($4.25), a beef noodle dish (around $6), roast duck on rice ($4), and a side of Chinese vegetables ($3).
All the food was fine, the best dish was the noodle dish, which was truly delicious and great! Like most of the meals I eat in Chinatown, the best surprise comes at the end, when the bill comes, and you look at the total.
Great NY Noodletown
28 Bowery (at Bayard)
New York, NY 10013