Cheap eats in SoHo
I used to live in Hell's Kitchen, but am back home on the west coast these days. Visiting next week, staying in SoHo, need recommendations for cheap but really good food. Where do the locals eat?
Grandaisy (formerly Sullivan Street Bakery) for bread, pizza, and pastries; Alidoro on Sullivan for Italian sandwiches; Fanelli's on Prince for burgers; Snack on Thompson for Greek; the taco truck on Wooster north of Prince (though I'm not sure of the hours beyond weekday lunchtime); pizza at Lombardi's, Arturo's, or DeMarco's.
re: Katherine H
Cheapest and best that I've found in SoHo (besides the Calexico mexican food cart at Wooster and Prince which you might not want to bother with, being from the west coast) is the hole-in-the-wall Dominican spot La Conquita, NW corner of Lafayette at Spring. Take it to go or eat at the counter and glare happily at the puzzled outdoor mallrats as they walk by. A huge platter of rice, beans, maduro, bbq chicken or a stew for little more than a fiver. Especially since you can't find this stuff on the left coast.
So Katherine H, how's Grandaisy (ugh) since the switchover? Still worth being the other SoHo standby after La Conquita?
Jerry's is cheap and cheerful.
Cafe Habana, on Spring and Elizabeth (?) won't break the bank in the evening. The Cubano sandwich there is excellent, as are the prawns.
Buffa's, tragically, is gone, and with it, a link to the old days of Italian Soho, and the Scorsese tradition east of Broadway.
Even Gitane, a hipster spot on Elizabeth (I get mixed up) opposite Old St Patrick's, has excellent food, full of value. Like the cous cous, or the chicken sandwich, or the salads. Really good, and very Soho.