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Diners line up to get a taste of Tim Ho Wan, ‘world’s cheapest’ Michelin-starred restaurant

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EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — New Yorkers brave the cold to wait in long lines for a spot at East Village's Tim Ho Wan, the "world's cheapest" Michelin-star restaurant that opened its first U.S. location Friday.

"We waited about four hours it is still worth it." Simon told PIX11 News as he finished dining at the restaurant with his wife. "The food was good and the service was really good."

Tim Ho Wan is a Hong Kong-based chain that first caught diners' attention in 2009 when it was awarded a Michelin star. The restaurant opened its first U.S. location on Fourth Avenue between 10th and 11 streets.

"It is very authentic Dim Sum," manager Brian Ken said. "Very basic, nothing fancy."

Right now the dim sum restaurant, which doesn't take reservations, is in its soft opening phase. It closes each afternoon between lunch and dinner for a couple of hours.

The actual grand opening is Jan. 18. From then on it will stay open throughout the day and late into the night.

Dishes range in price from get this $3.75 to $5.50. There are shrimp, fish, and beef dishes as well as vegetarian dishes.

So far the reviews are excellent.

"Mouth watering," Alishba Ali said, and raved about how it was very affordable.

"We spent 40 bucks and had about 9 or 10 the dishes."

The lines to get into Tim Ho Wan wrapped around the block, but the restaurant is trying to make the wait easier.

People waiting in line can provide their phone number so when the table is ready, they will get a text message.