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Uptating an old article I found on a "Tasting tour of Chinatown/little Italy"

WCBowman | Jul 19, 201601:35 PM

Greetings all,

My wife and I will be in Manhattan for a week in September and are looking for some help revising an old article we found for our own purposes and bringing it current,

The article in question is this one from 2014:


I don't know most of these places, but I did remember reading a post here recently saying that prosperity dumplings is surpassed by Lam Zhou for dumplings (which is good because the prosperity linked int he article is closed anyway). This got me to wondering what if any recommendations folks may have for other updates/improvements.

I put together a quick list for folks not wanting to read the article. We are planning on skipping Mulberry street bar because my wife doesn't drink, and I didn't list the New Your Mart because they don't suggest anything there to order (although we'll stop in to browse). I also already swapped Lam Zhou for Prosperity although recommendations for must order items from there are welcome.

As one other side note, the falafel at Taïm seems a bit out of theme. An alternate recommendation that was more on theme would be welcome.

Prince Street Pizza, 27 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
What to Order: The standard slices are fine, but what you really want is the Spicy Spring ($3.75), a Sicilian-style slice topped with a spicy tomato sauce, house-made fresh mozzarella, and natural casing pepperoni, the kind that curls up into crisp grease chalices.

Taïm, 45 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
What to Order: You can order a whole Falafel Sandwich for $6.25 and split it with a group (we've got a lot of stops left!), or if you just want a taste, a falafel sampler plate with six balls of falafel and a tub of tahini is just $4. I'm partial to their harissa-flavored falafel, but their green (with parsley, cilantro, and mint) and their red (with roasted red peppers) are also fantastic.

Di Palo's Fine Foods, 200 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013
What to Order: Fresh salted mozzarella, to be consumed with your bare hands on the street. If you're lucky, there'll be fresh porchetta for sale by the slice. It comes out of the oven around 1 p.m. on most—but not all—days.

Golden Steamer, 143A Mott Street, New York, NY 10013
What to Order: The Steamed Pumpking Buns and Salted Egg Buns are the most uniquely delicious menu items, though the Pork and Vegetable or Barbecue Pork Buns might be the biggest crowd-pleasers.

Shanghai Cafe Deluxe, 100 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013
What to Order: the Juicy Pork Buns (a.k.a. xiao long bao or soup dumplings, $4.95 for six) are superior to the crab and pork version. Unfortunately Shanghai Cafe has $4.50/person minimum order for sit-in, so you'll have to order your dumplings to go unless you plan on a full order per person (not a bad plan, if you have the space).

Taipan Bakery, 194 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013
What to Order: Tai Pan's Egg Custard Tart ($1.10) placed in the top three in our Best Egg Custard Tart in Chinatown taste test. The crust is a little too crumbly for our tastes, but the filling is light, eggy, and just sweet enough.

Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle and Dumpling, 144 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002
What to order - ?

Vanessa's Dumpling House, 118A Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
What to Order: The Peking Duck Pancakes ($2.25) or probably the best deal on duck in town.

Cafe Roma, 176 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10013
What to Order: espresso, cappuccino, or an Italian soda, with a pastry.

I also put together a quick google map of the path, if anyone is interested, Since we're walking, if you have an alternate suggestion, it would be awesome if it fit in the basic walking loop...


Thanks in advance for any suggestions anyone has.

Taim West Village,
Taïm Nolita,
Prince Street Pizza,
Golden Steamer,
Shanghai Cafe Deluxe(Temporarily Closed),
Tai Pan Bakery,
Vanessa's Dumpling House
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