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
Zaragoza Mexican Deli is awesome. $2 tacos (get two and you're good for a light lunch). They've typically got a few different meat items, but they're all good. Its on Avenue A, between 12th and 13th I believe.
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