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Prix Fixe Cheap Fix


David Waltuck, Chanterelle
The chef-owner blew the cost of his tasting menu—$105—in Chinatown.

Mei Lai Wah CoffeeHouse
64 Bayard Street, 212-925-5435.
Two “Special Big Steamed Buns,” $1.10 each.

Bayard Meat Market
57 Bayard Street, 212-619-6206.
One pound chicken feet, $3.05. “I like anything gelatinous and crunchy.”

Chatham Restaurant
9 Chatham Square, 212-267-0220.
Four baked pork buns, 55 cents each; two turnip cakes with dried shrimp and sausage, $1.70 each.

Sanur Restaurant
8 Doyers Street, 212-267-0088.
Two Indonesian curry turnovers, 60 cents each.

Buffet Lin
15 Division Street, 212-941-1273.
Buffet lunch, $4. “After 5 p.m., it’s $3. It’s not the greatest food, but I’m very impressed that it’s $3 after 5.”

New Southwind Restaurant
21 Division Street, 212-966-4116.
Two savory doughnuts and two fresh rice-noodle wraps with dried shrimp, 70 cents apiece.

Aji Ichiban
37 Mott, 212-233-7650.
Quarter pound of spicy sesame fish candy, $6.72; quarter pound of Thai fish crackers, $4.68. “Peppery and salty, it’s all weird, but I like it.”

Dumpling House
106 Mosco Street, 212-693-1060.
Four fried buns, $1; five fried dumplings, $1.

Ping’s Dried Beef
58 Mulberry Street, 212-732-0850.
Half pound shredded beef, $8.50.

Fruit Stand
69 Mulberry Street.
Litchi, $10; two pounds of cherries, $5. “Peel the litchi and spit the seed on the ground. Believe me, I’m not the only one spitting things on the ground in Chinatown.”

Thai Son
89 Baxter Street, 212-732-2822.
Pho with beef brisket, navel, flank, omosa, tendon, and eye of round, $5; sautéed squid with sweet-and-sour sauce, $7.50.

Wong’s Rice and Noodle Shoppe
86 Mulberry Street, 212-233-2288.
Beef, squid, pork congee, $2.95; spicy beef chow fun, $5.25. “Places named Wong make good spicy beef chow fun.”

Kam Man Food
200 Canal Street, 212-571-0330.
Six-pack of Tsingtao, $6.60. “The Chinese Budweiser.”

Sau Voi CafÉ
101 Lafayette Street, No. 3, 212-226-8184.
Two sandwiches with “the works,” $2.75 each.

New Wing Wong Restaurant
111 Lafayette Street, 212-274-0690.
Whole roast duck, $14.

TOTAL: $103.60


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