To live in lower Manhattan is to resign yourself to perpetually spending too much money on food. And while Chinatown may be an oasis of cheap to-go counters in the realm of overpriced SoHo cafes, it can be hard to tell what’s actually worth eating. So with the help of our food editors, and plenty of vocal, opinionated New Yorkers, we finally crowned our $5 champion.
Tucked a block off of Bowery on Christy Street, just beyond the Canal Street 6 station, lies Wah Fung No.1. Like most underrated exceptional Chinatown eateries, the place is nothing special from the outside. Through the front window, you’ll see a curtain of hanging Peking ducks, behind which a team of chefs are working away. The shop is scarcely large enough to fit its short line of devoted locals, and cash is exchanged for Styrofoam containers over the counter at breakneck speed.