I often do Manhattan on the cheap. This time I combined a morning at the free Louis Vuitton exhibition downtown with an under $20 meal uptown a tad in Chinatown.
If you’re heading to the Louis Vuitton (86 Trinity Place), be sure to make a reservation. I suggest doing it without the guided tour. We found the docents in each room quite informative, much better than the tour guide. Go soon, as it closed January 7.
We walked uptown from the exhibition to the new location of Lam Zhou on Bowery. This one with 40 seats is much larger than the original one but the same inexpensive good food.
Although chopsticks made fried pork dumpling ($4 for 8) eating a challenge, I preferred them to using a plastic spoon from the tub on the table. These dumplings are delicious plain or drizzled with both red (traditional) and black (soy sauce based) siracha sauces..
We also shared a large dish of beef stir-fry “hand-pull” noodles ($8.50) with bok choy and mushrooms. Both delicious and filling.
Cheap eats for sure!