Adventures in wasting time but not money
This week a friend and I, deciding that we needed a study break, set off for Chinatown in the Lower East Side. Our destination? Prosperity Dumpling on Eldridge Street.
How to get there: Take the 1 Train to 59th Street, then D Train to Lafayette Street, followed by a short walk to Eldridge Street. The trip took us about 40 minutes.
Now, this place is what many consider a “hole in the wall.” This is because the restaurant is about the size of a John Jay single and barely has any seats to sit down for a meal- that is, unless you’re lucky enough to snag one of the six stools lining the walls. Most ordered take-out, but good luck if you don’t live in the area and can’t find a place to sit… [Edit: A commenter points out that Sara D. Roosevelt Park and Seward Park are a short five minute walk away.]
One more thing before I tell you why you should come here: this place is pretty far away from Canal Street, where a lot of the Chinatown scene is. You aren’t going to find super cheap five-dollar scarves or a row of adorable Asian bakeries right next to this restaurant. There was, however, a school named after Sun Yat-sen, as well as a ton of cheap fruit carts.
Still, this place might just be worth it because it is just so cheap. $1 for five dumplings (flavors include Pork and Chives and Veggie). And these are multi-bite dumplings. But if you are still hungry, you could always just get a second order without feeling like you’re setting your wallet on fire. The dumplings were pretty good, but they definitely weren’t gourmet or anything. Think Koronet: cheap, does the trick. (Hmm.. I wonder if kids who go to school Downtown travel to Mo-Hi to do reviews on Koronet Pizza.)
Overall, I think Prosperity Dumplings is worth the visit, but make sure you bring company!
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