46 Eldridge St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.715905 -73.992991
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Downtown
Best $3 you can spend – $3 will get you a soda and 10 dumplings. Still hungry? another $2 will get you 10 more dumplings. Bet you're not hungry anymore.
I'm a Cheap Date! – Dumplings for two, pickled veggie sandwich to share, and two waters for $5. Take the food to go and head to the local park. There are picnic tables there to sit and hang. Usually go here before to Katra. So fun!
They stink up the whole room, but MAN they taste great. – To the uninitiated they smell really bad but if you can get past the odor they are super tasty. I don't know why anyone needs a soy sauce for dipping. There is PLENTY of flavor (salt) in the dumplings.
The guy behind the counter almost never smiles, then again if you were there cooking dumplings for 12 hours a day you would be pretty unhappy too. The small waiting/eating area gets pretty crowded. Lately with more "round eye" (There goes Chinatown!). But the wait is never more than 10 minutes.
They other stuff on the menu is so-so... stick with the dumplings.
One of C-town's best kept secrets – 5 dumplings for a dollar. Need I say more? Been eating here for years and never had a bad dumpling.
This is THE place for dumplings. At 5 for $1, you can order boiled or fried pork and chive dumplings, and their 75 cent sesame pancake is my go-to snack. Everything else on their menu is super cheap as well and the same guy is always running the show in front and taking orders. Definitely check it out, but make sure you take your food to the nearby park to eat as there is limited and crowded seating inside Prosperity.
Citysearch Editorial Profile – Chinatown's got a ton of dollar-dumpling spots, but this one's one of the best--five pork and chive dumplings for only $1? They're a bit greasy, but each dumpling's crispy, fried exterior and juicy, tangy insides will make you forget all about your diet
Redefining Cheap eats – This was an iphone find looking for places within short distance of my soon to be departing Chinatown bus back to Boston. Located across the street from a school, at first glance the patrons were out of towners, who did their cheap eats research and were eagerly waiting to sample the dirt cheap menu. And when I say dirt cheap, I mean dirt cheap. It was like a dollar menu at the Golden Arches, or Da King, but sans all the processed food fanfare. Behind the formica counter was a giant wok laden with dumplings that were being snapped up 5 for $1. Menu has about 20 options, none higher than $8 and thats for ...ready for this? 50 dumplings!.
I asked for an order of fried dumplings with pork and cabbage, served immediately, while eating ordered vegetarian for my companion. Also tried the boiled variety with added touches of vinegar and sriracha. Their fried sesame pancake was also great and piping hot.
Within 10 minutes of the dumpling feast, a swarm of ravenous school kids no older than 15, jammed in this tiny storefront and the scene turned clearly into a dumpling stomping ground. Gladly, we were satiated by this point with dumpling delight, for all under $10 for 2 !! Cant beat that !!
Best Dumpling in China Town – Watching the 3 or 4 people whipping out dumplings by the dozens is worth the $2 or $3 you'll pay for the meal. Add to that the best tasting dumling and the fact they can survive the cost of owning a place even as small as that in NYC and you know that they are simply the best!!!
Best local food in China Town – First a word of caution; this isn't a place for the discriminating foodie. This is small hole in the wall, down a side street usually frequented by only the locals. However, ask anyone who is a fan of authentic ethnic foods and they will agree that if you want to find the best local flavor, always go where the locals go. Prosperity doesn't have a lot of atmosphere, menu options or even seating capacity. But what is does have is the kind of simple, delicious food you'd be likely to find in a food cart on the streets of Beijing. Great dumplings, delicious wanton soups and a sesame and vegetable pancake that will knock your socks off. The total bill for me and the little lady? Three dollars. Was it fine dining; no. However, if you're in the market for some simple, tasty and undeniably authentic Chinese fare, this little gem is more than worth the effort to dig up.
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