Chinatown is def the place to go but I know a spot called "Plump Dumplings" in East Village on 12th St near 2nd Ave corner. The owner is very friendly and their dumplings are great. It has a lot of fillings and real meat for sure. I think 6 of them is about $5. You can buy them in soup, steamed, fried. You could also dine in, take out or delivery.