I just spent 10 boring days on Grand Jury duty in the Court Building on Center Street directly outside Chinatown. The closest, always crowded broom-closet sized dumpling shop, Tasty Dumplings, is right across Columbus Park (the once infamous Paradise Square of the Five-Points slum of the 19th century!)on Mulberry Street, serving a menu of about 50 numbered items, including 5 fried or boiled Shrimp and Chives or Chicken and Chives dumplings for $3. Like you say, how the hell do they does it? And I was damned if I was going to spend 10 days wondering around in Chinatown and not pick up a Chinese girl. But thats another story.
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