3 top options for affordable Chinese food in New York City

In search of a new favorite Chinese spot?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Chinese restaurants around New York City, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill.

1. Wah Fung No. 1

Topping the list is Wah Fung No. 1. Located along Sara D. Roosevelt Park at 79 Chrystie St. (between Hester and Grand streets), this hole-in-the wall, which specializes in roast pork and duck, has been called “the best cheap eat” in Chinatown, and with 4.5 stars out of 1,412 reviews on Yelp, it is the highest-rated low-priced Chinese restaurant in New York City.

Yelper Peter W., who reviewed Wah Fung No 1. on March 25, wrote, “I have tried numerous restaurants in the Chinatown area, but this is simply the best. The flavor and the price is why I am giving this place the best score possible.”

2. Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao

Next up is Flushing’s Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao.

After shuttering its old Prince Street storefront last spring, this Michelin-recommended Shanghainese restaurant relocated to a new space in the nearby One Fulton Square dining hub at 39-16 Prince St., Suite 104. Boasting four stars out of 3,547 reviews, it has proved to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option.

Yelp can tell you a thing or two more about Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao.

“Xiao Long Bao (also known as soup dumplings) originated from Nan Xiang County in Shanghai, China,” the business explains in its Yelp profile. “Our signature dishes include the restaurant’s unrivaled crab and pork soup dumplings, plentiful steamed buns and Shanghainese dim sum. Other popular dishes include crispy noodles, fried rice cakes, scallion pancakes with sliced beef, fish fillet and pickled cabbage noodle soup and pan-fried dumplings.”

3. Joe’s Steam Rice Roll

Last but not least is Joe’s Steam Rice Roll, with 4.5 stars out of 596 Yelp reviews. Located not far from Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao, this casual spot — which also has outposts in downtown and uptown Manhattan — serves up Cantonese steamed rice rolls filled with barbecued pork, shrimp and more. Head over to 136-21 Roosevelt Ave. to see for yourself.


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