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top 5 cheap places to eat spicy food

i'm visiting NYC next month but i'm a student. what are your top 5?

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  1. Grand Scichuan International! Get the double cooked pork (fatty or Chinese style), spicy. Also, their braised beef with chili sauce.

    1. Woorijip 12 W 32nd St is a Korean-style convenience store with a great buffet and hot and cold packaged food. If you're on a tight budget but want some quality food, go for the Chap Chae. At around three dollars, it can't be beat. Woorijip is open 24-hours and is perfect for a quick early-morning food fix.

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      1. re: designerboy01

        There is nothign really spicy at Woorijip. In fact I am eating lunch taken from there as I type (spicy grilled tofu, but it's not ever spicy, steamed spinach and brown rice). Not spicy but a really good deal.

        1. re: prunefeet

          They use to have a kitchen in the back and they can make you spicy stuff if you ask. He wants cheap too!

      2. Skyway Malaysian Restaurant at Allen St. between Division and Canal. And of course someone will mention Sripraphai in Woodside, Queens, so I might as well be the first. Queens is after all part of "NYC"! And while Grand Sichuan is the best Sichuan-style restaurant in Manhattan, if you're willing to go to Flushing, Spicy & Tasty has them beat by a country mile!

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        1. re: Pan

          Definitely second Spicy & Tasty-- that place beats Grand Sichuan (which I do like) by a mile.

          1. re: jonasblank

            I like Grand Sichuan, too. I live in the East Village, and most of the staff at the St. Marks location know me by name.

        2. Try a kimchi jigae at Dosirak (off university place/13th st).

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          1. re: jeanki

            Or try the same dish on 32nd between FIfth & Broadway, which is K-Town, I go to Dae Dong, but Kunjip is really good too. Lunch is the time, tons of food, but cheaper.

          2. Saigon Banh Mi on Mott for an extra spicy bahn mi.


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            1. re: CTownFeedR

              Oh yes, I should have mentioned them, too. But it's Banh Mi Saigon Bakery.

            2. Sigiri at 1st Ave and 6th St. Sri Lankan food is just about as spicy as it comes, and it's not the same old, same old. Going there for Sunday brunch gives you the opportuniity to try several dishes.

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              1. re: iraform

                Wow, I never heard about this, I did a search just now, and it looks really great! Thanks.

                1. re: iraform

                  Great food, wonderfully friendly service, and when you leave, your lips will be numb.

                2. It is hard to get any cheaper than Punjabi, a cabbie crawlspace down where 1st Avenue runs parallel to Houston (stone's throw away from the 2nd Avenue F train stop). Mix and match samosas with yogurt and chickpeas and/or other spicey combinations. although everything is heated in a microwave, these eats are tasty, quick and cheap. the indian coffee is a sweet treat as well.

                  1. Go to Natural Tofu, a soontofu place on 32nd Street on the 2nd floor between 5th and Broadway. Order the soft tofu casserole extra spicy (there are 4 levels of spiciness).

                    1. Malaysian - Nyonya 194 Grand Street - it's all spicy and high quality.

                      1. I strongly recommend the Joll Noodle Salad at Mandoo Bar, 2 West 32nd Street. It's not the most authentic Korean meal by any means, but this particular salad is SPICY.