You can take a look at the display case at Ferrara on Grand between Mott and Mulberry, but you'll find better atmosphere, better pastry, and a better time at Caffe Roma, a few blocks west of Vanessa's.
Dumpling Restaurant in New York, NY, United States
What you want here is the sesame pancakes. Wide, sesame speckled discs are shallow fried until golden, crisp, and puffy in a specialized wide cast iron pan. The Peking Duck Pancakes are probably the best deal on duck in town.
The Egg Custard Tart ($1.10) placed in the top three in our Best Egg Custard Tart in Chinatown taste test. The crust is a little too crumbly for our tastes, but the filling is light, eggy, and just sweet enough.
Its worth a walk through even if you dont buy any food. Just be careful--the brigades of old ladies wielding fold up shopping carts have no compunction about ramming you if you linger too long in front of the live frog display.
Middle Eastern Restaurant in New York, NY, United States
You can order a whole falafel sandwich for $6.25 or a falafel sampler plate with 6 balls of falafel & a tub of tahini for $4. Im partial to their harissa flavored falafel, but their green and their red are also fantastic.
The standard slices are fine, but what you really want is the Spicy Spring ($3.75), a Sicilian style slice topped with a spicy tomato sauce, house made fresh mozzarella, and natural casing pepperoni, the kind that curls up into crisp grease chalices.