I've been going to Sun Sai Gai Rice Shop on Canal Street for more than 35 years now. It is without question one of the best places in all of New York City to get a super tasty inexpensive Cheap Eats Meal, "Sun Sai Gai" can not be beat by any restaurant , food-truck, or whatever in the whole of New York for the great taste, quality, variety, and affordability of a meal. They are The Tops. I've had hundred of meals here. It's actually a destination for me. When I first discovered the place in 1984 and lived on Avenue A in the East Village, and still now living in Greenwich Village on the West side now, I always walk all the way down there to get a fix of their tasty Roast Duck over rice ($5.50), Roast Pig, and Soy Sauce Chicken, all just $5.50, and if you want to get three of these items, it's just a dollar more at $6.50 for 2 meats served over rice, you just can't beat it with a stick.
Sometimes I get a Roast Pork Bun as well as an appetizer for just $1.50 ... Of course you get Free Chinese Tea and water with your meal, so you don't have to spend any money on a beverage unless you want a Soda or Beer. Yes they serve Beer. One of my other favorites is a steamy bowl of Roast Duck Wonton Soup. This dish is amazing! You get a big bowl filled with some Roast Duck, a whole bunch of Wontons (Pork Dumplings), and steamy broth for just $6.50, it's an incredible deal, it's soul satisfying and quite delicious, "I just Love it," and have eaten hundreds of bowls of it over the past 36 years since I first discovered this wonderful establishment. If they ever closed, "I think I would cry." Seriously.
Sun Sai Gai might very well be the greatest deal in town for some incredibly high-quality food, at the cheapest prices imaginable. Check it!