The Cheapest Dumpling in Chinatown! 

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The Search for the Cheapest Dumpling in Chinatown requires a lot of determination, given the sheer volume of options to be considered. Prosperity Dumpling (46 Eldridge St.), for instance, will get you ten of the best dumplings in the neighborhood for just two bucks—but sometimes 20 cents a dumpling is just too much. Which usually means it's time to head to Mosco Street.

On the north side of the one-block alley, there's a place called Fried Dumpling (helpful, we know) where you'll get the damage down to just under 17 cents. You can get the standard five-for-a-dollar at the grill, but true frugality enthusiasts should head for the freezer on the far wall, where you'll find bags of 30 for just $5. Of course, it helps if you know the freezer's open to customers, and that the bags are yours for the taking. And it helps even more if you don't mind a little gristle...

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