Mei Li Wah

Mei Li Wah

Bakery, Chinese Restaurant, and Asian Restaurant · Chinatown
62-64 Bayard St (btwn Elizabeth & Mott St.), New York, NY 10013, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
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Based on 223 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Clyde Erwin B.
    "And yes, the pork buns are actually pretty good and filling as well."(68 Tips)
    Tiffany D.
    "Get the "Famous bun"!!!!! Delicious"(5 Tips)
    YanaBelle W.
    "Coconut buns are everything"(3 Tips)
    Kimmie O.
    "Get their pork buns, egg custard & shrimp rice rolls."(3 Tips)
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  • pork buns
  • steam roast
  • good for a quick meal
  • egg custard
  • dim sum
  • casual
  • tea
  • authentic
  • Chinese food
  • coconut
  • bubble tea
  • breakfast food
  • eggs
  • dumplings
  • great value
  • iced coffee
  • cozy
  • siopao
  • inexpensive
  • chicken
  • Gavin

    Staple to chinatown with the pork buns.

    Gavin · 3 weeks ago
  • Mashka

    If you've never tried the roast pork buns, know that they are on the mushy and sweet side. I liked them, but I could see some finding them too fatty or of strange texture. Still only $1 each.

    Mashka · 3 weeks ago
  • Linda C.

    Been coming here since I was a child! Love the pork buns and sweet buns.

    Linda Chow · October 26
  • Sreejith R.

    Roast & steamed pork buns

    Sreejith Raman · September 27
  • John F.

    Baked Roast Pork Bun is the best!

    John French · September 24
  • John F.

    The Baked Roast Pork Bun is the closest I have found to the ones I had in Hong Kong. They are amazing, but the quest continues. The Famous Bun doesn't have anything in it, so don't waste your time.

    John French · September 24
  • Lisa R.

    Great pork buns!

    Lisa Rayle · September 11
  • Susan

    Their rice crepes are a bit pricey but freshly made. Prepare to wait at least 10 minutes. Worth a try.

    Susan · September 2
  • Julie J.

    Try the Baked Pork Buns & Steamed Combo Buns - We always have to bring home a box of freshly made buns! #Yum (via @Foodspotting)

    Julie JEWELeS · August 23
  • Julie J.

    Try the Baked Roast Pork Bun - So good! One of my favorites! (via @Foodspotting)

    Julie JEWELeS · August 23
  • Julie J.

    Try the Steamed Combination Bun - So good! (via @Foodspotting)

    Julie JEWELeS · August 23
  • Morgan C.

    Good pork bun

    Morgan Croney · July 18
  • Pauline P.

    Get the baked "char siao bao" or as my Fillipino friends call it "siao bao".

    Pauline Pan · June 18
  • Joe C.

    Piping hot coffee and a brown bun. Love!

    Joe Cheskin · May 15
  • Julie J.

    Try the Baked Pork Buns - (via @Foodspotting)

    Julie JEWELeS · May 8
  • John O.

    Get a dozen pork buns!

    John O'Donnell · March 19
  • 陳雄暉 弟.

    I love how rude and loud the ladies -- especially the one with the pink cap -- behind the counter are. When she shouts, "Next!" you better step up and place your order.

    陳雄暉 弟兄 · March 15
  • Kimmie O.

    Get their pork buns, egg custard & shrimp rice rolls. Delicious & cheap food!

    Kimmie Ohh · March 14
  • Kevin Y.

    The baked pork buns!

    Kevin Young · March 9
  • Greco L.

    Siopao Paradise!

    Greco Legaspi · March 1
  • Lori L.

    The baked roast pork bun sold here is definitely the best in Chinatown. The filling is tender and savory-sweet and the outer shell baked to the perfect sheen. Best of all, it's a mere $1.

    Lori Luo · February 10
  • Michael D.

    Roast Pork Bun: $0.90

    Michael De La Rosa · January 14
  • jake f.

    stick to the baked pork buns and the fresh shrimp rice noodle roll and you'll leave here happy. don't get too weird though, the rest of the stuff we tried was pretty suspect.

    jake furst · September 8, 2014
  • Bennett

    Milk tea and roast pork buns, get takeout.

    Bennett · August 26, 2014
  • Joan P.

    Make sure to order the baked roast pork bun (not steamed). Sweet glazed skin, savory & ultra juicy pork on the inside for $0.80.

    Joan Park · August 17, 2014
  • Latiesha C.

    The baked roast pork buns are my favorite. I am obsessed. I discovered them as the result of a happy accident, I meant to get steamed. And now I buy them by the dozen. They are my treat to myself.

    Latiesha Caston · August 16, 2014
  • Michael H.

    The baked pork buns are the best. Their fried dumplings were good too but it looks like they were taken off the menu recently.

    Michael Howard · August 16, 2014
  • Daniel

    Best. Pork. Buns. $0.90. Best price I've found. And they're still warm. And full of meat.

    Daniel · August 14, 2014
  • Bee

    the pork buns are on the sweeter side, but delicious. The lotus seed buns were not that great. Congee orders take up to 10 minutes.

    Bee · August 12, 2014
  • What's Good Here

    Come here for the baked roast pork buns. Order extra so that you can freeze them and savor later.

    What's Good Here · August 9, 2014
  • Vansi

    The baked pork buns are really awesome! But I didn't enjoy anything else they had.

    Vansi · July 22, 2014
  • Candy S.

    All they care abt is ppl who comes to take out. They don't service u at all when u dine in. POOR SERVICE!

    Candy Sui · June 28, 2014
  • YanaBelle W.

    Baked pork buns are better than steamed, more meat less fat jello. Coconut buns are everything so good I forgot to take a picture so just buy one and be happy. Get in, get out and no hurt feelings.

    YanaBelle Wave · June 23, 2014
  • Joe M.

    Every time, no matter what else I order, I must get a coconut bun. Or 6.

    Joe M · May 26, 2014
  • Compass

    Roast pork buns are huge and deep fried and egg custard is creamy and traditional at the popular bakery.

    Compass · April 24, 2014
  • Larry M.

    Baked pork buns - get one, get a dozen, get a couple dozens and make new friends!

    Larry Mak · March 10, 2014
  • Clyde Erwin B.

    Twelve pork buns for only $10.80, nuff said. And yes, the pork buns are actually pretty good and filling as well.

    Clyde Erwin Barretto · March 10, 2014
  • Christy M.

    Service is as rude as they say. For less than a buck, the baked pork buns are tasty and better than the steamed.

    Christy Mommsen · February 8, 2014
  • Emily C.

    the roast pork buns are amazing! make sure to get a fresh one, if you can! and they're less than $1!

    Emily Chen · January 19, 2014
  • Christina C.

    Steamed (white) or baked (Brown) roast pork buns are delicious. I prefer the baked because the bread is a little sweet then you get a little salty from the today pork. Perfect combination.

    Christina C. · November 17, 2013
  • Yifei W.

    Be careful with the tip calculation on the bill.

    Yifei Wu · September 28, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    Pass on the signature pork buns, which have been less impressive of late, but the rice rolls, congee, and steamed lotus paste buns are worth a buy.

    Serious Eats · September 26, 2013
  • Kaoru K.

    The baked pork buns really come correct. The rice rolls take about 10 min but they are worth the wait.

    Kaoru K. · September 21, 2013
  • Chongsi

    Not as good as it used to be. Might as well go around the corner to Hop Shing

    Chongsi · September 18, 2013
  • Ben G.

    Best pork buns I've ever had

    Ben Guo · September 15, 2013
  • Malony S.

    Best Tai Pao in Chinatown. And try the coconut bread also it's really good!

    Malony StaAna · September 8, 2013
  • Seth B.

    Best pineapple buns in NYC.

    Seth Bannon · August 16, 2013
  • Derrick K.

    I must say - worst dim sum in CT. I don't know what was worst, the waitresses stank ass face or the chewy food. And how can you serve dim sum and not have tea ? Like dude. Really? Never coming back.

    Derrick Kwan · August 15, 2013
  • Hannah B.

    That young famous bun . So delicious real talk baby.

    Hannah Blas · August 4, 2013
  • Lawrence C.

    Bad dimsum, sour coffee, bad service, and overpriced try somewhere else

    Lawrence Chong · July 27, 2013

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