The Most Affordable Michelin Meal in NYC

Cafe China is an icon in Midtown, Manhattan. The small restaurant slings true Sichuan cuisine in a cozy space that pays homage to the year 1930 in Shanghai, China. Buzzing with constant energy, the restaurant has held the torch of Chinese dining in NYC since it claimed its first Michelin Star in 2013. The best part about Cafe China? They haven’t let prestige take hold of their prices which has resulted in it being the most affordable Michelin meal in NYC. 

Cafe China may be best experienced at 11am when the doors are freshly opened and the 12pm lunch crowd has yet to flow in. The staff is courteous but don’t expect exuberance as Cafe China has a firm no tipping policy. This simple fact along with its insanely reasonable lunch menu puts it a step above all other cheap Michelin meals you may find in the Big Apple.

You may opt for a pleasant flow of tea and dim sum (Chinese small plates) or an entree style meal but either way you’ll be set amongst a vibrant yet simple 1930’s Shanghai ambiance. Cafe China’s combination of authenticity and atmosphere evokes a vibe of what dining in Shanghai in 1930 may have felt like.

Did I mention you can keep your tab around $30 a person ($14 if you’re in for lunch)?

Recommended Food: 

(8) Pork Dumplings in Chili Sauce ($10)

Fried Rice with Shredded Duck ($14)

Mouth Watering Chicken w/ Chili-Sesame Sauce + Peanuts ($10)

Spicy Baked Whole Fish ($28)

(6) Crystal Shrimp Dumplings ($10)

(2) Sweet Potato Pancakes ($5)

Stir-fried Assorted Fresh Mushroom [Oyster, Portabella, Seasonal] ($14)

Jellyfish in Scallion Pesto ($10) – For the adventurous diner

Szechuan Beef Noodles ($12)

Fish Blossom ($28)

Lunch specials are also served on weekdays from 11am – 3pm and will get you a Michelin starred lunch from $12-$16 including white or brown rice and your choice of hot +sour soup or spring roll. Truly unbeatable when it comes to dining Michelin.

請慢用 (Enjoy your meal!)


Always hungry,

Salvatore DiBenedetto


The Most Affordable Michelin Meal in NYC










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