Chinese on the cheap

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, the day that we scare off the ghosts and celebrate luck, welfare and success. In my family we always exchange red envelopes with yellow coins inside. Red is supposed to scare the ghosts away and yellow brings luck. We celebrate this with a big Chinese dinner party at my parent’s home or in a restaurant. With lots of Chinese food off course. Are you celebrating Chinese New Year? And if so, do you eat Chinese on Chinese New Year? If yes, here are some of my favorite no frills Chinese spots on the cheap that you might consider: 

Cafe China New York

1. Cafe China (13 East 37th street, between 5th avenue and Madisson avenue. Midtown East). $$

To my knowledge, this authentic Sichuan restaurant is the only Michelin-star restaurant where you can have a two course meal for less than $10 (11.30 am -3 pm Monday- Friday). If you like spicy, order the Tree pepper chicken, Spicy Cumin Lamb or Ma Po Tofu and Pork Dumplings on the side. If you’re not into spicy, have some Tea Smoked Duck, Kung Pao Chicken or Chinese Broccoli. 

Cafe China New York

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3 x Hotpot

Hotpot is something I’d like to eat when the weather is cold. And because the weather cooled off rapidly , I thought it would be a good time to eat hotpot again. Here my top 3 favorite hotpot spots in New York City (in random order):

HOU YI HOTPOT (112 Eldridge street at Hester street. Chinatown) $$

Like most of the restaurants in Chinatown, this place has a lack of ambiance. But the best thing about Hou Yi is it’s all you can eat concept. For $30 you can eat as much fish balls,meat, tofu, vegetables and ice cream as you want. And drink as much as you can. Within a 2 hours time frame. There are many hotpot ingredients to choose from, so I am sure there must be something you like. And the broth is very tasty. Thus is you have big appetite, the all you can eat hotpot at Hou Yi is definitely worth the 30 bucks. 

Hou Yi Hot Pot New York Chinatown

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