Vanessa's Dumplings, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Vanessa's has been serving fresh handmade dumplings since 1999 on Eldridge Street. When I first started eating there, 4 dumplings were only $1.00! Now the price for 4 dumplings that are made in front of you while you wait is only $1.50! There is almost always a line to order and to get a table. They have other food as well. I often stop here during a Chinatown photo tour or after a street photography workshop.
They call the area Chinatown. Technically it's the Lower East Side but Chinatown keeps expanding.
Vanessa's Dumplings, 118A Eldridge Street