H.K. Wonton Garden
Address: 79 Mulberry St.
What do wontons and Hawaiian shirts have in common? Nothing, really, though you'll see both at this Chinatown gem.
The barbecue pork and wonton noodle soup is the signature dish here, served in an MSG-rich broth that's flavorful and warming. Given this recent cold snap, this is something you truly need. The pork (a sweet, barbecued red color) is plump, savory, and juicy. The wontons are stuffed to bursting with a pork and shrimp blend. At $6.50 a bowl, you'd be hard-pressed to get full without spending more dough.
If you're craving something other than soup, the pan-fried noodles with mushrooms and vegetables are boss. So are the steamed pork and chive dumplings.
The pan-fried noodles come drenched in heavy gravy that somehow doesn't hurt the crunchy texture of the noodles. A perfect dish for the vegetarians of the world. The steamed dumplings, chewy and covered with soy sauce, are packed with pork and chives. Both of these magic dishes come in at under $10.