Sun Sai Gai 220 Canal Street New York, NY 10013

Sun Sai Gai is located on the Canal Street triangle right near the heart of Chinatown.

Sun Sai Gai

220 Canal Street

New York, NY  10013

(212) 964-7256

Hours: 7:00am-8:30pm

My review on TripAdvisor:


Sun Sai Gai is a small restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. I have been coming here for years after discovering their selection of buns for sale for between $1.00-$1.50. Two of these buns are the perfect quick meal or afternoon snack. I love both their Roast Pork Baked Bun ($1.20) and their Steamed Pork Bun ($1.00). Both are soft buns that are loaded with sweet roast pork. They are huge and flavorful and I have always found them to be fresh (See review on TripAdvisor). They are a great snack when walking on the street.

Sun Sai Gai II

The roast pork buns are excellent

Another recommendation on the sweet side is their Custard Buns ($1.00) and their Egg Tarts ($1.00), both of which are on the savory/sweet side. The custard buns are loaded with a cooked egg custard and topped with a baked sweet crumbly topping to add crispness to them. The Egg Tarts are in a large flaky tart shell and filled with a sweet baked egg custard. You will see a smaller version of these at the end of many Dim Sum lunches around Chinatown. They melt in your mouth with each bite.

Chinese Buns Egg Custard

The egg custards are really good

Don’t miss their Red Bean buns as well ($1.25). They can be a little greasy but they are still good. They are filled with a sweet bean paste and almost taste like cinnamon. They are covered in sesame seeds so watch you teeth.


The red bean paste buns are a surprising treat

Eating a meal at Sun Sai Gai is an experience as well. Most of the meals I have had there have run between $6.00-$8.00 and are very simple. I have had the Lo Mein Noodles ($6.95) and the Roast Pork & Fried Rice plate ($6.95), both of which are piled high. The Roast Pork is the chopped meat from the front of the restaurant (as is the duck and chicken) and is made fresh daily. The Lo Mein was loaded with vegetables and small slices of meat and came out steaming hot yet a little on the oily side.

Sun Sai Gai IV

The roast pork and duck here are really good

It is a simple meal and don’t expect anything fancy. This is where the working people of Chinatown eat and in their quest for something authentic, a lot of tourists don’t find the food ‘suburban Chinese’ enough for them as I have seen on many online reviews.

It is not a fancy restaurant by any means but what it lacks in décor it more than makes up in food. I have always found the food to be nicely cooked and spiced. It is a ‘plate food’ type of dining experience, in that you will get a simple meal for a fair price and that’s why it attracts people from around Chinatown.  They are looking a reasonable meal after a long day at work. More and more of there types of restaurants I am beginning to discover are opening around the outskirts of the tourist section of Chinatown and when the adventurous person walks in, it is met with some surprise from the locals.

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Check out the to go menu and the Dim Sum snacks here

I have been seeing more tourists venture into Sun Sai Gai over the last few years due to its location and the gentrification around Chinatown squeezing the small restaurants out.  If you are looking for a meal near the tourist district and you are on a budget and don’t mind a plain simple Chinese meal, Sun Sai Gai is for you.

Chinese Buns with Pork

The Baked Roast Pork Buns are really good

(Prices to change over time)

Author: jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.

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