If you’re looking for a fun, affordable group dinner spot anywhere near 23rd Street in Chelsea, Excellent Dumpling House lives up to its name. You’ll find huge portions of entrees, plus some good dim sum. Make sure to try the scallion pancake with pastrami - and know that most dishes are well under $20.
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Skip nearby Vanessa's Dumplings in favor of the superior Shu Jiao Fu Zhou when you're looking for excellent, cheap Chinatown dumplings.
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