Eat in Chinatown for Under $5

The cost of living in New York City is really high. Most of us have bus tracker apps on our phones, shop exclusively during sales and try to save a penny whenever possible. But saving money on food is impossible. You cannot eat from the same place 7 days a week or cook every day if you have long hours at the office. But if you ever find yourself hungry & around Chinatown, we have a secret for you!

There are dishes here for less than $5! And not just at one place!

Here’s a list of places in Chinatown, you could eat at for less than $5:


1. Kopitiam

How to reach: 51b Canal St, New York, NY 10002, USA

What to eat: Kaya Toast. A traditional Malaysian snack! Two pieces of fluffy bread are smacked with kaya ( a pastel green colored pandan flavored jam) and butter. Sweet and savory goodness.

Price: $4

2.  Wah Mei Fast Food

How to reach: 190 Hester St, New York, NY 10013, USA

What to eat: Fried Chicken over Rice. This Taiwanese staple comes in a container filled to the brim with rice, pickled veggies, delicious pork sauce and a deep-fried chicken leg! Now, that’s a perfect lunch!

Price: $5

3. Sam’s Spring Roll

How to reach: 23 Essex St, New York, NY 10002, USA

What to eat: Samosa Spring Roll.Spicy curried potatoes and peas in two crispy shelled rolls. Try some of the four types of house-made sauces like the creamy and light chimichurri or the Thai bird-eye chili “crack” sauce for an elevated samosa experience.

Price: $3.50

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