Yesterday, I had an amazing lunch in Chinatown for $4.95 per dish until 4 pm. The restaurant is called EAST OCEAN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT on 53 Bayard Street (212-619-2633). With the entree, you get a cup of soup and bowl of white rice.
I ordered a Beef and clear vermicelli sauteed with red peppers dish that I was happy to have again for dinner. The portion of each dish can be shared with someone else or saved for later.