Though Flushing (the city), Prosperity, Lam Zhou, Xi’an Famous Foods and Vanessa’s get a lot of the ink when it comes to cheap, tasty dumplings in New York City, I’d have to insert Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine Restaurant into the conversation.
Fu Zhou’s dumplings may not be cheap (BUT STILL CHEAP) nor are they pan fried or soup dumplings, but it’s hard to overlook their juicy boiled pork dumplings (with chives or cabbage). You can get six of their hearty dumplings for $2 or ten for $3 (Fu Zhao raised their prices 50 cents in Oct 2014).
For most people, ten of those suckers will fill you up, so you’ve just had yourself a meal for far less than fiver. Alternatively, you can order six dumplings and their famous wheat noodles with peanut sauce. That will surely satiate and you’re only out $4.
Yes, their dumplings cost a little more than the popular Prosperity Dumpling and Vanessa’s, both just down a couple blocks on Eldridge, but Fu Zhou has seating. They’re not winning any design awards, but at least you get to sit down.
Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine
118 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002
b/t Grand St & Broome St