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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)

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  1. 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).

    1. 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

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      1. re: Joe Berger

        Isn't that place on Centre and not Broadway?

      2. 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.

        1. As for bahn mi, I personally prefer Saigon Bakery, on Mott, a little south of Grand. $3.25.

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          1. re: eatfood

            go to the big enchildada on 12th and university. 3 beef tacos are 1.59 each.

            1. re: ricky7

              Dumpling House on Eldridge. 5 great dumplings for $1. You can also have a nice big beef sesame pancake for an extra $1.50.

          2. 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.

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            Super Taste
            26 Eldridge Street (between Canal & Division)

            spicy beef hnd-pulled noodle soup - $4.25

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            Dumpling House
            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

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            1. re: spanky28

              I used to like Sammy's, but after trying Rafiqi's at 9th and Broadway, I've converted to their lamb and chicken rice plate. The pieces are bigger and less shredded, which I prefer, and I find their lamb to be much better than Sammy's. I think it's 4.50 for the mixed plate.

              1. re: spchang

                Thanks for the recommendation. I will have to try it since it's closer to me that Sammy's. Will report back.