Living Cheap in NYC- $10 For A Day?
As fancy restaurant prices continue to soar, finding great inexpensive ones becomes more of a priority.
If the food is not only delicious but also outside your previous dining experience, all the better.
Here is a choice collection of those restaurants, listed geographically.
Added July 2017: Al Nour, Bosna Express, Buffalo's Famous, Dera, Fouta, Hillside Dosa Hutt, Manousheh, La Duena Deli, Western Yunnan Crossing Bridge Noodle Note: Restaurants on this map are listed based on geography, south to north through Manhattan, and north to south through Brooklyn.
This is an updated version of a map.
The Grotto lies way downtown on New Street — who would expect to find a great cheap southern Italian restaurant there?
Take your food upstairs to the secret dining room.
Big heaping plates of rice are the forte cheap nice places to eat near me this wonderful Chinese lunch counter with the bright red awning on the Lower East Side.
My favorite is listed as chicken with hot pepper and scallion on rice, in which scallion is treated as a vegetable; but you may prefer fish cake with pickle, baby shrimp with scrambled egg, or pork with taro.
Also available are bargain cheap nice places to eat near me of fried rice, noodle soups with duck or beef balls, and a scattering of pan-National Chinese dishes like ma po tofu and hot-and-sour soup.
Open until 10 p.
Though you can depend on meatballs and just-fried chicken cutlets always being available, on Fridays there are warm seafood heros — a recent afternoon saw a shrimp parm special, and it really was special.
Look for house-prepared condiments such as pickled red peppers.
This place is spectacular!
Open daily from 7:30 a.
Patacon Pisao "Smashed Plantain" is the name of a sandwich, but also of this narrow café specializing in Venezuelan street food.
The namesake dish is its specialty: two fantastically flattened frisbees of tostones stuffed like a sandwich with roasted pork, grilled steak, or simply black beans, cheese, and avocados.
Novelty fillings include bacon, lettuce, and tomato to make a crunchy BLT, and a hamburger patty with all the trimmings.
At this cafe laid out like a tiny Greek village, the off-price wine list alone is worth a visit, and the bread dips are a great deal.
Get these kebabs in a pita sandwich, which comes stuffed with a brochette of your choice, tomato, purple onions, tzatziki, and french fries.
Principally slinging Puerto Rican chow to an admiring and diverse audience, the café's scrumptious, salty food can be eaten at one of several comfortable tables, but more often it's carried out to tenement apartments in the vicinity.
The hot pressed sandwiches are notable, too, including the roast pork pernil picturedwhich can be dandied up with lettuce and tomato; the plain but delectable ham and cheese; and the Cuban sandwich, with cheese and dill pickles oozing out the sides.
This Jackson Heights Pakistani favorite recently established a Curry Hill outpost.
At the longest steam table the neighborhood has yet seen, one selects curries, tandooris, kebabs, dals, and biryanis from among about two dozen tubbed selections, half of them vegetarian.
Open until 4 a.
Himalayan cuisine has finally made its debut in Curry Hill.
This Nepalese newcomer, branch of a celebrated café in the back of a flatbread bakery in Jackson Heights, is far more ambitious.
All the typical meat jerkies, curries, Chinese-South Asian hybrids, homemade noodle dishes, and stuffed momo dumplings are available.
Highlights include a thali consisting of vegetables curries, pickles, chutneys, and bhutan goat-organ jerky, not to be confused with the country of the same name.
For the more timid, chicken chow mein is a good choice.
This Russian chain was founded in Moscow in 1998 and is seeking to conquer the city.
The centerpiece, however, is the made-to-order pancakes called blini, stuffed with just about anything Russian you can think of.
How about the red star blini, which feature bright orange salmon roe and sour cream?
Very comfortable seating for a fast-casual spot.
Specializing, somewhat illogically, in franks, pokes, and shakes, Sons of Thunder is the sort of fast casual place that encourages you to linger in its cavernous and relatively comfy dining rooms.
It describes itself as Californian, but you might be more inclined to think Chicago, if that city were in Hawaii.
The poke is good of its sort, more fish than salad, and the proprietary hot dogs come in several permutations, of which the Chicago and banh mi dogs are our favorites.
As the name suggests, there are two grease-dripping shawarma cylinders — chicken and a beef-lamb combo, both halal.
The chicken tastes better.
Either can be made into rice-pilaf platters or bargain pita sandwiches.
On the vegetarian side of the ledger are falafels fried to order and other Middle Eastern delights, including good hummus and baba.
But you can also get Indian vegetarian samosas with yogurt raita, Syrian cracked-wheat kibbe stuffed with ground beef and pine nuts, and the Turkish flatbread called gozleme stuffed with mushrooms or potatoes.
Fifty years ago the dining landscape was littered with Latin lunch counters, many of them originating as Cuban institutions, but then passed down from Puerto Ricans to Dominicans.
Still located somewhat miraculously on Times Square, Margon fabricates magnificent Cuban sandwiches right in the front window of its walk down space, as customers twirl on the stools, ordering from a menu that varies by day of the week.
The pernil garlic-rubbed pork roast is superb, and so are the roast chicken, tripe and pig-feet soup, and oxtail stew, served with white or yellow rice, black or red beans.
This Israeli restaurant originated during the hippie era, and the menu and décor shows it.
But the décor and staff are charming, the fish unfailingly fresh, and the prices low for sushi.
The premium rolls are the attractions here, all of them invented out of whole cloth, including the mommy rose tuna and salmon intercut to resemble a blossomyellowtail basil maki with a Thai twistand healthy cucumber an able contribution to the vegetarian sushi canon.
Sichuan peppercorns are rolling across the city like tiny marbles, as New York diners have become cheap nice places to eat near me with the tingly and numbing flavor.
Specializing in them, Lava Kitchen arose on the Cheap nice places to eat near me, glowing late into the night.
The menu is mainly northern Chinese, and classic dumplings, bao, cold salads, and grilled meat skewers share the menu with spicy noodles in three levels of spiciness.
My crew and I dined sumptuously on mafe, a Senegalese stew of lamb in a creamy peanut sauce, served with an expanse of polished white rice topped with a steamed Scotch bonnet pepper, for extra spiciness.
Not hot enough for you?
You can also ask for the chile paste known as "pima.
Alongside we asked for a plate of attieke, the signal starch of the Ivory Coast, consisting of a manioc porridge served with a pepper puree and, somewhat oddly, a bouillon cube.
A third dish was a mixed meat palm-oil sauce served with a loaf of plantain foutou.
Altogether a delicious meal, washed down with ginger juice and bright red bissap, which is a punch made of hibiscus blossoms and pineapple juice.
A dim sum craze is sweeping the cityscape.
This Chinese comfort food includes dumplings, turnip cakes, congees, and other snacks that make perfect light lunches and dinners at discount prices.
Now, new neighborhood spots are appearing not in Chinatowns, and La Salle is an example.
Made in-house and available in three permutations, the Shanghai soup dumplings are excellent.
This Ecuadorian restaurant occupies a double-wide premises, with a formal dining room on one side and a juice bar, café, and carryout on the other.
The ceviches here are super-sized, and great for warmer weather.
Meal-size soups are another specialty, including weekend-only caldo de bola, which features one massive stuffed dumpling the size of a softball.
You should take for granted that the roast pork and llapingachos cheesy potato pancakes will be fab.
The interior is boxy and a little darker than you might like, and the food is delicious and spectacularly inexpensive.
A friend and I carried out several things and avidly munched them in the car.
We had a serving of the lechon itself, with skin that was delicate and crisp, the meat well-salted and well-garlicked; a few shards of pork belly, crackling skin attached; and an alcapurria, one of several cuchifritos on the menu.
Atypically, this giant, lard-fried orb had a coating of mashed potatoes instead of the usual mashed yuca.
When bitten into, though, ground pork tumbled out in the usual fashion.
On weekends, find men in long robes and skullcaps watching soccer while downing plates of cheb fish over rice with vegetables and mafe thick peanut sauce with lamb or chicken.
Guinean food available, too.
Gurra Café is an Albanian café with a clubhouse feel, and the décor may remind you of a ski chalet.
Other highlights of the short menu include a white-bean-and-jerky stew called fasule and a paprika-laced goulash served with a hearty scoop of mashed potatoes.
Once known as Cedars Meat House, this Astoria Lebanese mainstay combines a butcher shop, grocery store, and kebabery with counter seating.
Choose from among a shawarma or two; chicken, beef kufta, or ground-lamb Aleppo kebabs; and lamb chops or ribeye steaks, all flame grilled.
The usual dips and fried veggies are also provided, in addition to stews and soups.
A delightful Brazilian snack shop just off of Broadway in Astoria.
In addition to bouncy little baked cheese balls, oblong fritters called coxinhas are also available on a rotating basis.
One of my favorite burgers here is the X Calabresa — a good-sized patty with two types of white cheese, lettuce, tomato, corn, potato sticks, an egg, and a slice of smoked sausage.
By the way, ask for specials when you go to Pan de Queijo.
Which explains why the place is mobbed in the early afternoon.
A friend who is an old hand at eating ramen in Tokyo pronounced the soup "very fine.
Heaped with queso, guacamole, crema, and salsa, they make excellent street snacks.
Other specialties include picaditas, sopes, and tlaycoyos.
On the roof is a giant rice bowl with chopsticks poking out.
Jonathan Gold once wrote that you could see it while landing at LaGuardia.
For carryout are ducks, pork chunks, sliced cuttlefish, chicken wings, and other transportable morsels.
Inside, a café specializes in clay-pot congees, Chinese BBQ over rice, and soups, plus house specials such as whelk, frog, blue crab, and pork chops.
In its unique culinary traditions, the southern Indian city of Hyderabad — which has become a high-tech hub — has more in common with northern India.
This is reflected in its signature dish, biryani, a wonderful rice cook up.
The biryani here is some of the best in town, available in eight varieties — one vegetarian, one vegan.
Rather than sitting on the steam table and drying out, it is assembled to order with freshly cooked morsels of meat and vegetables.
The rice is kept exceedingly fluffy, delicately flavored with ginger, garlic, and cardamom.
A steam table the size of an airstrip at nearby LaGuardia displays a plethora of pungent, spice-driven meat dishes featuring chicken, lamb, and mutton, reminding us that the Spice Road runs through Pakistan.
What is more surprising is the large number of vegetarian offerings — the national love of veggies things like bitter melon and snake gourd predominate is a well-kept secret in a cuisine that flaunts its kebabs.
The number of cheap cafes in Jackson Heights serving the food of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh has dwindled as the Tibetan and Nepalese presence has ramped up.
And most of those remaining have switched over to buffets, where the food on a per-pound basis remains inexpensive, but who wants to eat such a compulsively humongous meal?
One alternative is Al-Naimat, which magically occupies the old Jackson Diner space.
There have long been inexpensive Brazilian cafes in Astoria, peddling pao de queijo, elaborately dressed Cariocan burgers, and big Saturday servings of feijoada, the national dish of black beans and pig parts.
Now a new one has scampered over to Jackson Heights.
Therein find a guy working a gleamingly new charcoal oven with a dozen spits, on which skewers of meat are pinned.
The skirt steak, pork sausage, and chicken legs are terrific.
The soup dumplings are absolutely killer, and you've probably never had them with such a gossamer-thin wrapper before.
Be careful not to squirt it on your shirt!
Dozens of types are available one based on cream of wheatstuffed with potatoes, cheese, vegetables, or offered plain with a soup and coconut chutney.
A full catalog of rice dishes, idly, uthapam, and chaats are also found on the menu at nice places to eat me informal café.
The owner hails from Bicol, a region 50 miles southeast of Manila.
Once a customer stops singing, another picks up the cordless mic and plows onward.
Highlight of a recent meal was a wonderful sinigang, a tart fish soup floating a pompano and Napa cabbage in a tamarind-laced broth.
Other enjoyable dishes included crispy pata a pair of whole pork shanks, skin-on, roasted to perfect crispness and the national dish of chicken adobo.
For a pork- and fish-intensive cuisine, there are a surprising number of vegetable-focused dishes, though vegetarians beware: these often contain fish or fermented-shrimp sauces.
Sky Café is a real Indonesian warung — a small family owned restaurant specializing in everyday food, often selling groceries as well.
The gado gado is spectacular: a composed salad of lettuce, cabbage, tempeh, and boiled egg furnished with a spicy peanut dressing creamy with coconut milk.
The primary result is the Jewish snack called the knish, which was probably brought here by Polish immigrants around 1900.
Knish Nosh makes them in the traditional round format — not for the pillow knishes associated with hot dog carts and Coney Island — and offers a choice of eight fillings.
Also available are several varieties of pastry-wrapped hot dogs, including the dazzling foot-long.
The far-ranging Greenpoint neighborhood used to be strewn with Polish lunch counters, offering Eastern European peasant fare at rock-bottom prices.
The blintzes, pierogi, tripe soup, and stuffed cabbage are all up to snuff, and the beef goulash served with potato pancakes is particularly recommended.
The premises is dark enough for a romantic date, and the food is halal at Spicy Lanka.
Highlights of the menu include kothu roti, a pyramid fashioned from torn-up shreds of flatbread tossed with slivered vegetables and a main ingredient that runs to egg, chicken, mutton, shrimp, or kingfish.
Other recommendations include godhamba roti a buttery wadded flatbreadand chicken biryani, which comes embedded with boiled eggs and sided by an excellent piece of fried chicken for no apparent reason.
The humongous entrees easily feed two.
All sorts of other Salvadoran set meals available.
This Ridgewood no-frills spot under the M train Forest Avenue station specializes in the meaty snacks of the Balkans, including a mixed beef-lamb burger called pleskavica, as well as cevapi, a collection of skinless sausages served with a bun or without.
Toppings include raw onions, a mild red-pepper relish called ajvar, and cheap nice places to eat near me yogurt.
Salads round out the menu.
Number one on its lengthy list is suadero, braised veal flank shown.
It looks something like canned tuna, but the flavor is rich and subtle, especially when squirted with the green sauce from the bottle on the counter, tart and fiery.
The other taquitos are worth trying, especially the oreja earbuche pig stomachand Arabe spicy pork.
Vegetarians especially will appreciate the "de papa" taco, which comes stuffed with stewed potatoes — though be forewarned a thick lard haze hangs heavy in the taqueria's air at all times.
The operators grew up in the neighborhood and this Vietnamese café is light years away stylistically from any other Southeast Asian restaurant in the five boroughs.
Its modest contribution to pho-ology is using smoked brisket as the meat centerpiece of the iconic soup, which makes it a liquid species of Texas barbecue.
Another is a vegetarian-based broth that sings with flavor.
Probably the patty and coco bread at Buff Patty, just east of the hilly park on Myrtle.
This long-running Jamaican café and bakery specializes in meat patties, the island equivalent of the empanada, with a crisp, annatto-laced dough and finely minced filling of beef, chicken, fish, or vegetables.
Together they constitute a full meal.
The café also has a fine selection of other Jamaican food, including a delicious escovitched fish, breakfast porridges, braised oxtails, and, of course, jerk chicken.
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For 50 years this Bedford-Stuyvesant stalwart has been channeling the great barbecues of North Carolina.
In emulation of that objective, the place is only open on weekends — Thursday, Friday, and Saturday — from afternoon to evening.
The meat and poultry is cooked on vertical rotisseries, not over charcoal, but the eponymous ribs develop a smoky crust, with rendered fat making the flesh fall off the bone.
Chickens are crisp skinned, and the vinegary pulled pork sandwich topped with cole slaw at your request.
Sides include all the usual soul food favorites, with mac and cheese and collard greens particularly well-executed.
The fried chicken is front and center, with crisp skin and moist flesh.
The best sides are the slightly sweet collards and extra-cheddary mac and cheese.
The meat loaf, fried fish, and smothered pork chops are equally good, and, when patrons clean their plates, the corn bread never gets left behind.
Jen's has very little in the way of seating confined to two stools at a counter looking out the windowand you're cheap nice places to eat near me to encounter a line any time you go — the food is splendid.
Shark and bake is shown, but there are other seagoing fillings, including a smoked herring version that shows either a Dutch or English colonial influence, depending on who you believe.
Milkshakes are damn good, too, nice and thick.
Don Pepe and his minions, who labor behind a small window surrounded by seductive, brightly lit sandwich pictures, turn out 35 types of tortas, many with wacky themes.
The classic dish involves ten ingredients immersed in the bubbling pot, including thin-shaved beef, corn, scallion, bean-curd skin, Spam, and a quail egg.
Other configurations available, some spicy.
The place does wonderful xio long bao, Shanghai soup dumplings distinguished by their thin skins and rich gravy inside.
Steep, but probably worth it.
This restaurant is named after a small city smack dab in the middle of Turkey on the vast Anatolian plain and the small premises — more like a market stall, really — is furnished with tables bearing cheery but worn blue-checked tablecloths.
As in most Turkish cafes, the double spinning cylinders of doner kebab draw you inside.
Pick the spice-rubbed chicken over the blander lamb, but make sure you also give consideration to the ground-lamb adana kebab and the iskender kebab — consisting of sliced lamb doner heaped on flatbread and moistened with yogurt and spicy tomato sauce.
Plenty for vegetarians here, too, and super convenient to the B and Q trains.
This small café on a side street has only five tables and a sparse menu of 20 dishes.
Each consists of a shrimp wrapped along with vermicelli and pork sausage in rice paper and deep fried, served with nuoc cham, a sweet-and-sour dipping sauce.
Go no further than the twin doner cylinders in the window, twirling chicken or lamb.
The guy will cut a great quantity of the moist herbed meat and deposit it in a sandwich or on a platter along with salad and well-oiled pilaf.
The menu also offers a choice of a dozen other kebabs, and a vast collection of vegetarian bread dips involving beans, eggplant, and yogurt.
The seven-foot buffet includes 17 dishes and condiments, two types of rice, and four choices for dessert, featuring a really great tapioca pudding and a classic Spanish flan.
Highlights from the savory side of the menu: an orange-colored manioc curry, a rich pork "black"curry in which the spices have been toasted, a coconut-and-kale sambal, pineapple curry, and a really strange boiled egg curry.
Going there from another borough makes a perfect weekend expedition — and don't forget, the ferry ride is free.
Staten Island is an incubator for many obscure forms of pizza, created in isolation and flourishing on the fortress-like island.
The crust is unfussy and cracker-like, and the small pie is easily sufficient for one or two diners, depending on how hungry.
The clam pie is well-furnished with briny bivalves, and other favorite toppings include sausage, black olives, mushrooms, and anchovies.
Full southern Italian menu available.
Restaurant-wise, Staten Island is the new frontier.
Building on a bedrock of unique and excellent pizzerias, Italian restaurants, seafooders, and honky tonk bars, new places arrive daily in many categories.
One of the latest to appear is Pho Rainbow, conveniently located in the plaza opposite the New Dorp Station of the SIRT.
The pho is better than average; indeed the rice noodles themselves are spectacular, with fish ball and chicken versions available.
Pour on the nuoc cham dipping sauce!
The pastel-colored Jersey City branch of an Edison, NJ mainstay founded 1989 specializes in the dosa and idli cuisine of South India and the menu is strictly vegetarian and mainly vegan.
The dosa lineup lists several unusual varieties, including menthya dosa, which presents the freshly made pancakes swirled with fenugreek leaves and seeds, so they look like pinwheels.
There are all sorts of rice-based dishes, too, including the mellifluously named bisi bele bath — with lentils and vegetables — as well as puliyogare rice, which mixes the white grain with tart tamarind.
For those who crave familiar vegetarian Indian fare, northern specialties like palak paneer and baingan bharta are offered.
A few blocks from the Journal Square PATH stop.
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