When it comes to dumplings you may have to deal with a bit of grime to score the best deal.
Bowery hipsters lining up at Inexpensive Delicacies on Allen Street don't seem to mind. This little hole-in-the wall, located directly across from Congee Village, seems to pack 'em in. But it's not just the price, although it doesn't seem to hurt. Here four pork dumpling sell for just one buck. When purchased hot off the grill these little pockets of pork and green onions are bursting with flavor. But not everything works. Vegetable spring rolls (3 for $1) are served cool and are thoroughly greasy. Try to get them fresh from the fryer.
Fried rice, on the other hand, and lo mein (both vegetarian) looked quite good with large portions selling for just 2 dollars. Meat dishes, like beef brisket, or a pork chop on rice, will set you back $4. The restaurant is also serving up a seafood noodle soup and a spicy cucumber salad. Milk shakes and smoothies in flavors like watermelon and strawberry are only two dollars. Take that Jamba Juice.
Inexpensive Delicacies probably isn't for everyone, but it does live up to its name.