The Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant in NYC || 5 Buck Lunch

The Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant in NYC || 5 Buck Lunch


– My name is Prez, and
I work at Thrillist. Around these parts, I’m known
as the 5 Dollar Lunch Guy. Every episode, I’m gonna put you guys onto the very finest New York grub
for $5 or less. Hey, a new mission, thanks. Let’s see what we got going on here. Huh — you’re kidding, right? You want me to go to a
Michelin star restaurant for five bucks. That’s impossible for most people. Then again, most people
don’t have a Khushbu, so I should probably call her. Yo Khush, help. – You gotta be quick, I’ve
got so many meetings today. Yeah, so I have a mission
where I have to go to a Michelin star restaurant for five bucks. – Well, there’s this
Chinese restaurant called Tim Ho Wan that’s not too far from you. – Really. – It’s actually one of the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. – Are you serious? – Almost everything on the
menu is within your budget. – Thanks. All right guys, found a spot. Yo, shout out to Khushbu
for putting your boy on for a second — I thought
she was messing with me. But a quick search on
Thrillest.com confirms it. Today we’re headed to Tim Ho
Wan’s in the East Village, The world’s cheapest Michelin restaurant. It’s five bucks somewhere — let’s go. So these are the rules of
“Operation 5 Buck Lunch.” It’s gotta be good, ’cause
nobody wants bad food for lunch. No big chains, ’cause that’s just too easy. It’s gotta be $5 or less. And whatever I don’t use today rolls over into the next episode. Hey, what is your name? – My name’s Andrew. – Prez, nice to meet you. Are you familiar with the Michelin guide rating system for restaurants? – I’ve heard of it. I’ve seen it, yes. – Definitely, it’s a big deal. – OK. – There aren’t too many
restaurants that get it. – I know that it is the
creme de la creme of ratings when it comes to restaurants. – OK. Have you ever been to a
Michelin star-rated restaurant? – I have, in Sydney, Australia. – Yes I have been to one. – Where’d you go? – I went to Tim Ho Wan. – Hey! What if I told you that you could go to a Michelin star restaurant here in New York for under five bucks? – I would struggle to believe you. – Now when you think about
Michelin-starred restaurants, you usually think big name
chefs, high-end joints, and cuisine-bending innovation. But Tim Ho Wan’s seems to
be the exception to the rule, and that’s why I’m so excited about it. Who would ever think a place with food in our budget would be so lauded? Fun fact: Edward and Andre Michelin — yes, those Michelin brothers who
created a tire company — created a map with hotel and dining guide, which encouraged people to
travel around the country by car, which would lead
them to wear their tires out faster, and that’s how
the ratings system was born. Now ya know. Here we are, East 10th
and Fourth, in front of Tim Ho Wan. Let’s get in there, man. Oh wow, this place is shwanky. I mean, I wasn’t expecting that. When you say, “Hey, we’re
dim sum specialists and all of our stuff is really cheap,” I’m not expecting this level of shwank. I mean, this is even
like date-night material. – Hi, how are you? – Hello, hi, what is your name? – My name’s Tony. – Tony, it’s nice to meet you. – Same here. – This is my first time here, and for our audience, what do people need to know about Tim Ho Wan? – Well, Tim Ho Wan is,
as a whole, one of the world’s cheapest Michelin
starred restaurant. Everything’s made fresh, made to order, fresh products, daily products. – You guys have a Michelin
star, but you manage to keep your prices so low. – Well, every day, we
search for the best prices but not sacrificing the quality. Dim sum should be served the
best, highest quality of food. – I see braised chicken feet with this abalone sauce, a delicacy. – A delicacy, that one. – I’ve never had chicken feet before, so I’m a little bit nervous. – It’s braised on the morning of, for like four to five hours, so where the skin and collagen is tender, it just falls right off the bone; it’s
like a well-made rib, but instead of rib, you use chicken. – Wow, OK, I mean, I think I’m gonna go with that then. – Excellent, excellent choice —
it’s one of my favorites, too. – Yeah, for sure, thank you so much. (techno music) – Yeah, there we go, chicken feet. – Thank you so much. – You’re welcome. – Wow, so really quick question. Things I’m scared of: needles,
spiders, chicken feet. Can you take my phobia away and teach me how to eat this? – Absolutely. You want to
start with the fingers. It’s like a knuckle — pull
the knuckle right off. – OK. – And then you suck the
skin and collagen right off. – So, he said to, all right,
those are just knuckles. Suck around the knuckles. If I had to describe
this for somebody who’s never had chicken feet, it
tastes exactly like chicken, but it’s like sucking the most succulent and fatty parts of the chicken,
and I’d say that this part of the chicken foot, the
kind of like palm-ish area — God, how do I describe this —
is like the fattiest part. Between this abalone
sauce and the peanuts, all of these flavors are
incorporated very well. Tony recommended that I
eat it with a chopstick — I’m not too great with chopsticks, but let’s see how this goes. (techno music) Like this way, hello. Awesome, isn’t this cute? Look how cute this is, guys. Look how cute these feet are. The texture’s a lot different. It’s like sucking the fat
straight out of a chicken. (techno music) Now this abalone sauce is the whole body of this flavor profile.
It’s savory, it’s light. I don’t know, what can
you get for five bucks? You can get like, maybe
like a handful of dumplings, or maybe like a piece of chicken or something like that.
I mean we found like a lot of gems, but I will
say this is probably one of the bigger portion sizes that we’ve ever gotten on this show.
For under five bucks, I got, what, almost eight chicken feet. That’s a lot. Oh, guys, this was incredible. – So, how was everything? – Everything was fantastic. Listen Tony, thank you so much for opening my eyes to chicken feet. That was absolutely incredible. – No problem. – How much does that come out to? – About $4.90, comes to $4.90. – $4.90? – Yes. – Perfect. – Thank you so much. – Thank you guys, appreciate it. All right, I’m gonna go wash my hands. Today we learned that greatness isn’t always found in the
$400 entree, especially when our mission is something that I never thought we’d
see on this show, ever. Michelin star. You know what? Shout out to Khushbu for putting us on to Tim Ho Wan’s in the East Village. It’s a real gem, and shout out to Tony for helping me conquer
my fear of chicken feet. Really you guys, if you’ve
never had chicken feet, come here and try it. It’s really good. Anyways, with that being
said, today’s mission was an absolute success. It’s not a big chain, at
least not in the US, it’s in budget, and it’s damn good. I gotta go. It’s cold out here, gotta get back uptown. Peace. (camera clicks) Hey guys, thanks for watching my show. If you guys have a suggestion of where we should go next time, leave them down in the comments below. Are you a chicken feet kind of guy? I mean, let me know where’s the best place you’ve ever had them, maybe I’ll check out your recommendation. Follow us on Instagram @5dollarlunchguy. I think that’s it. Follow, like, share, subscribe, and I’ll see you guys next time, bye.

62 thoughts on “The Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant in NYC || 5 Buck Lunch”

  1. Hate to break it to Prez but he still hasn't eaten at a Michelin starred joint. Michelin stars do not follow chefs or owners. They are location specific. Only two of Tim Ho Wan's locations have a star. Looks like Prez is gonna have to book a flight to Hong Kong.

  2. GREAT SHOW,BUT IF I AM SPENDING $5 FOR A MEAL,IT HAS GOT TO FIL ME AND HOLD ME TILL DINNER TIME! CHICKEN FEET WON'T CUT IT FOR ME,SORRY! I WANT TO BE FILLED UP! THANKS PREZ,FOR KEEPING US GUESSING
    AT WHAT UR GONNA THROW AT US!😀😀

  3. I could honestly get into this series if it weren't for the cheesy obviously fake intro. It would just be so much better if you didn't pretend to not know what the mission is. But thats just my opinion

  4. Chicken tastes like chicken…. wait what?! You've said some crazy things on this show, but I'm not sure if I can get behind that one.

  5. Dude….chicken feet for lunch???? Great if you want elastic skin but picked the wrong one….should have been the sticky rice wrapped with lotus leaf….that the filler. Time for a REDO on this segment.

  6. Someone asked me to watch this dude review food that costs $5. I came, I saw, and I’m out. Also, the way this guy eats is weird.

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