Prosperity Dumpling

photo by Robert Menzer

This may be New York’s quintessential hole-in-the-wall takeout joint; aside from a ledge along each wall that bears only napkins, soy sauce, and hot sauce, there is no place to enjoy your meal, and every dish that leaves the kitchen is packaged in Styrofoam. But at five for $1, Prosperity Dumpling’s supple, Beijing-style dumplings — stuffed with moist, rich vegetables (carrots, mushrooms, cabbage) or loosely ground pork with lots of scallions — are fast, cheap, and far better than they need to be for this joint to stay in business. Order them steamed or fried, or frozen in bags by the 100 that you can take home for a quick and easy any-night-of-the-week dinner. During warmer months, tote your meal a few blocks east to Seward Park for lunch al fresco.