Best <$5 lunches in East Village, West Village, Chinatown and Union Square
Hi. Where are your favorites less than $5 lunches in the EV, WV, Union Square, Chinatown and possibly even the LES/Alphabet City? Here are some of my favs
A Chau Deli (Banh Mi - I think $3.50)
Saigon Banh Mi (Banh Mi - I think $3.50)
Chinese Place ($1 dumplings, $1 for 2 fried chicken legs, $2.75 for 3 choices of food and rice) corner of Broome and Mott Street
Cart at the corner of 4th & Broadway ($3.50 Gyro)
Mamoun's Falafel ($2.95 falafel sandwich)
Wendy's (Super Value Menu)
Dosa Man (all vegetarian items under $5)
There's the Lunch Box Buffet aka Central Buffet at 195 Centre. Last time I was there it was $3 for four items which is even cheaper than the buck a plate stuff you find sometimes in the poorer non-Asian neighborhoods. And you can more than fill yourself up for under $5 at any of the Chinese bakery/cafes with dim sum type baked goods and sandwiches (e.g., Fay Da among dozens in Chinatown).
There is a 5-sides for $4 Chinese hot&cold buffet a block north from Canal & Broadway. You can take out, and they have plenty of sit down tables but no air conditioning. the white rice you get with the plate is considered a side, so make sure you refuse it when you first pay in order to get something else. if you want additional sides or baked goods most are just another $1
Sammy's Halal cart (offshoot of 2006 Vendy winner)
4th St. between Broadway & Lafayette
chicken over rice - $4
chicken & gyro meat combo over rice - $5 (my fave)
Extra white sauce, extra hot sauce. Next time I'm going to have to check if they have the green sauce like in Jackson Heights.
26 Eldridge Street (between Canal & Division)
spicy beef hnd-pulled noodle soup - $4.25
118 Eldridge Street
sesame pancake with beef - $1.50 (squirt some Sriracha & it's like a mini banh mi)
pork & chive fried dumplings - $1 for 5
Caracas in East Village does great arepas and $5 gets you an empanada and creamy venezuelan guacamole. El Cocotero in Chelsea had even better arepas - while most arepas are $6-7, I had the avocado arepa for just a shade under $5, and it was overflowing. Really filling and delish. You could also have 2 pastelitos for five bucks and all the empanadas are under $5. Real good value.
The Puerto Rican place on lafayette between spring and prince. Get anything! Ugh hungry for rice and beans at 8am.
Also: The bangladesh deli on Mott and Grand (grand?). I'm usually falling down drunk there on friday nights and have been going long enough the guys know me. It changed its name a bunch of times. Used to be called Kandakhar (spelling?). Anyway get the spicy chicken special sandwich, and there's another chicken dish that has ramen noodles crushed up in it but don't remember the name.
Yeah that's it. So good. I'm not so sure about those prices. I don't think everything is $7. I'm sure rice n beans with maduros is 5 or less. The chicken soup is a meal in itself, that's definitely under 5. Tripe stew is prolly 5, maybe even beef stew. I think roast chicken or pork with rice and beans is maybe a bit over 5, but that's more than I can eat in one sitting and I'm still a growing boy.
The harissa falafel from Taim ($5): http://www.eatingintranslation.com/20...
I'm also fond of:
Stromboli from Faicco's (half-pound, $4
)Lentil soup at Bereket ($3.75)
Pork sausage and sage roll from Tuck Shop ($2.75)
Grilled cheese at Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop ($4.25)
Cheung fun at 3 Wang Cafe (three for $2)
Hay-and-honey pecorino from DiPalo's ($3.25 per quarter-pound)
Mustard green sandwich and fresh-scooped tofu ($1 each) at Fuzhou Good Taste Grocery
A banh mi (about $3) and a durian mung bean cake ($1.50) at Viet-Nam Banh Mi So 1
Crushed-peanut rice ball (50 cents) and a basil seed drink with mango ($3.50) at Sunkiss Market
Hooligan cheese ($5 per quarter-pound) from Cato Corner Farm, at the Union Square Greenmarket
260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Di Palo's Fine Foods
200 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
222 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014
187 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
68 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003
Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop
127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
3 Wang Cafe
7 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Fuzhou Good Taste Grocery
75 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Saigon Banh Mi 1
369 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
160 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Union Square Greenmarket
Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
I'm a huge fan of Punjab Deli on 114 E. 1st St (btw 1st and Ave. A). They usually have around 7 tasty Indian dishes/curries in a fridge which they warm and serve over basmati rice. Almost all of the dishes are vegetarian and have a nice spicy kick to them. The best part is that a "combo" with 2 curries is only 3 bucks! You can get a larger combo with the choice of 3 curries for 5 bucks! I always get the $3 combo and leave quite satisfied and full. Mind you it's not mindblowing Indian cuisine (you can't expect TOO much since all the dishes are prepared in advance, refridgerated and microwaved for you on the spot) but Punjab really hits the spot when I'm broke and starving in the East Village/LES.
The place itself is a tiny hole in the wall where a lot of cabbies seem to pick up lunch/dinner (added bonus: it's open 24/7). There's a sliver of a counter where you can theoretically eat in, but you're much better off getting the food to go and eating it in one of the nearby parks.