[VIDEO] James and Karla Murray Explore New York City: Cheap Eats in Chinatown

Local pro photographers James and Karla Murray have a relatively new YouTube series in which they explore neighborhoods around New York City from their unique perspective. In this recent episode, watch as they give you a tour through some cheap eat spots in Manhattan's Chinatown.

In this Chinatown Cheap Eats Food Tour, we take another visit to the anything-but-quiet Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, which has one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia. We visit many Chinese specialty food shops including street food options and everything we purchase and eat in the video is $5.00 or UNDER!

We start the day by visiting Wo Hop Restaurant on Mott Street. which has been in business since 1938 We go inside this cramped but always busy Cantonese-style restaurant and look around and see some of the popular dishes they serve including egg foo young, lo mein, egg rolls, and sweet and pungent chicken. We get an order to go (2 egg rolls for only $5.00) as we have our rescue dog Hudson with us and eat outside on the street.

We then walk around the corner to Fried Dumpling on tiny Mosco Street, where we have some of their famous fried dumplings which are made fresh on the premises and prepared in front of your eyes. This cheap street food is a steal as Five fried dumplings are only $1.50!

We then take a short walk to the Golden Fung Wong Bakery on Mott Street which has been in business for 65 years and is one of the few places in Chinatown that still sells traditional Chinese bakery items. We look at many of their items including moon cakes, egg tarts and almond cookies. We purchase two coconut custard tarts which are $1.50 each and eat them outside the shop.

After having some dessert, we walk to Mei Lai Wah on Bayard Street which has been in business for over 40 years. This coffee shop is known for their delicious and very cheap roast pork buns. We look around at this busy shop and watch as fresh pork buns are being snapped up by the box! We get both a delicious baked and steamed roast pork bun which are only $1.35 each!.

We end the day with a visit to the historic Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Street (diagonally across the street from Mei Lai Wah. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is known for their unique flavors of homemade ice cream, including lychee, durian, black sesame and red bean. This is the ONLY place where we break our $5.00 and under rule, as 1 scoop of ice cream is $5.75. Their ice cream is delicious but we mange to save part of our Pandan flavor ice cream cone for our dog Hudson!

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Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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