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The Best Cheap Dumplings in NYC: Shu Jiao Fu Zhou

After frequently binge-eating dumplings during the last 10 years throughout lower Manhattan, I’ve found that the best cheap dumplings in New York City can be found at Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine at 118 Eldridge St.

White styrofoam plate, chopsticks on left, and 10 dumplings on plate

Pork dumplings (10 for $3.50) at Shu Jiao

Most Important Visitor Information

  • Order: Pork and Chive Dumplings, 6 for $2.50, 10 for $3.50
  • Cash Only: No credit cards, but WeChat might be accepted
  • Hours: 9:30am to 9:30pm, 7 days a week
  • Location: 118 Eldridge Street, NY NY on the SE corner of Broome and Eldridge
New York City street corner. Shows a building with Chinese characters

The outside sign only says “Fu Zhou Cuisine” in English. “Fu Zhou” or “Fuzhou” is the name of the town in China where this restaurant originates. This picture was taken by me on 1 June 2019.

Menu

Menu for Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine in NYC

There’s a lot on the menu! The dumplings are still my favorite.

What To Order: My Favorites

  • Pork and Chive Dumplings: 6 for $2.50, 10 for $3.50
  • Wheat noodle with Peanut Butter sauce: $2.50

Get the dumplings! I like the pork and chive (#4A on this menu), and they are by far the most famous. The pork and cabbage (#4B on this menu, or #13 on inside menu: Pork and Cabbage Dumplings: 6 for $2.50, 10 for $3.50) are also tasty, but because they are less popular, they are often less fresh.

10 dumplings on a styrofoam plate on top of a blue-green table

Pork and chive dumplings from Shu Jiao Fu Zhou

The noodles with peanut butter sauce are also very popular. As are the soups, and more. But this blog post is about the best dumplings in NYC, so get the damn dumplings.

Pro Tip: You can get 50 frozen dumplings for $11.

Inside: Restaurant Ambiance

30 seats spread around the restaurant. Not fancy at all; this is a barebones interior. There is one large table in the center which seats eight people. I usually sit here by myself, with a few other random customers.

Interior of a Chinese restaurant: people sitting at chairs, eating food, and a cashier in the back

What it looks like as soon as you walk inside Shu Jiao Fu Zhou in the Lower East Side of NYC

The staff is often yelling in Fujianese (like Mandarin) to each other, shouting out orders.

They store spare inventory in the entryway. There is sometimes no toilet paper in the bathroom. There are large open trash cans near the bathroom, and customers need to throw away their own garbage after eating.

Interior of a Chinese restaurant in New York City: people sitting down, and a counter on the right side

Inside Shu Jiao Fu Zhou, looking from the back towards the entrance.

This place is not hidden or secret. It is already a stop on some food tours. But the majority of customers seem to be local and Asian, which is a nice testament to the restaurant’s authenticity.

More Information

The Competition

  • Vanessa’s Dumplings, a popular NYC chain, is around the corner. It is more crowded, more expensive, and the dumplings are less good.
  • Many more places that I’ve visited which I hope to list some day.
  • Prosperity Dumpling: Closed a few years ago. The cheapest dumplings in Manhattan? RIP.

Conclusion

I like this restaurant a lot and I often times bring friends and family here. It is a great example of an authentic, fast, cheap Chinese spot in Manhattan’s Lower East Side (near Chinatown). Their dumplings are the best that I’ve found.

What I want to update on this post: Taste test Vanessa’s Dumplings nearby, Add pictures of me outside or inside Shu Jiao, Try the wonton soup and the fish balls. Get recommendations about what else to order besides dumplings from here. Have stuff that I should add to this post? Please email me!

  • My friend Amy says: “The fish balls at that dumpling place are really good! Only exists in Fujian.”

Bonus Content

These are a few more photographs I took on 1 June 2019:

Sign says "Please place trash in bins at the rear of the restaurant. Thank you"

Slice of life: Chopsticks, hot sauce, and plastic silverware are available to diners

Close-up view of a torn dumpling showing the interior sausage-like view of pork and chive

XXX dumpling picture: looking inside one of the Pork and Chive dumplings

Corner street in New York City with the restaurant on the left side

Outside view: Looking south, down Eldridge, at the restaurant facade

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2019-06-22T22:40:32-04:00 June 2nd, 2019|General|