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2nd Ave. between 12th and 13th .. good and cheap suggestions please

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Would really appreciate some good cheap (student cheap) places in the area of 2nd. and 12th. East village, Chinatown as well ..
Any kind of food for a student chowhound living in NYC for the summer, willing to try anything but on a tight budget.

TIA

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  1. Well....

    For middle eastern, there's a Chickpea at 3rd and 14th. Pretty cheap and also pretty close.

    Right nearby this is Vanessa's dumplings which are pretty good considering their incredibly low price. I like them more than plump dumpling and dumpling man.

    There's a pretty good Cheesesteak place at 13th and 3rd called 99 Miles to Philly. Most don't like it as much as Carls, but it's one of the best in the city.

    Professor Thoms at 2nd and 14th has very good burgers. It is, however, a big Red Sox bar, so if you're wary of Sox fans, it's probably not the place for you.

    If you're into Tapas, Bar Carerra on 2nd around 12th is pretty good. They can add up if you get a lot, but if you're looking for a quick snack, you can get a couple of things for under $10.

    There will be a Saigon Grill opening up near Union Square soon (I think it's around 11th and University place) which will be great, fast and cheap.

    Also, there's always the sub-$8 dinner specials at most of the Indian joints on 6th between 1st and 2nd ave.

    Lots more, but that should give you a start.

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    1. re: keith

      "For middle eastern, there's a Chickpea at 3rd and 14th."

      They opened a new branch?

    2. Burritoville or Chipotle for Mexican. Otafuku or Minca for Japanese. Nicky's for banh mi. 99 Miles to Philly for cheesesteaks. Cafe Orlin for a coffeeshop.

      1. b & h next to paul's burgers on 2nd and st. marks has an inexpensive selection of soups and the buttered challah can't be beat!

        1. Walk 1 block to 1st avenue and go to Luzzo's between 12th & 13th. They have fantastic pizza (easily top 10 in NYC) and good other italian items. Not fancy, but lively and dependable. No hard liquor and try to get seated in the back room.

          1. Thanks .. great suggestions.