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Feb 2, 2008 01:26 PM

Alert: Best Meal in Manhattan for a Buck!!!!!

Forget about the Chinatown dumpling places. A Piece of Chicken (that's the name of the place)-take-out only, on 45th off 9th. A whole box of freshly deep fried chicken livers (yeah baby!) for only $1.00 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My daughter said they looked (and tasted to her) like catfood. Meow.

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    1. well hotdogs, but it is in the bronx, a hotdog Papaya style for 50cents. Only really cheap eats I know for under a dollar is in the Bronx. The hotdog place is on Fordham Road and Jerome Ave, off the 4 train going towards Valentine Ave. HUGE HUGE pizza slices looks like if you put 3 reg slices together, so one slice literally feeds 3 that is also in the Bronx on Castle Hill. the Slice costs 1.50. Inwood and Washington Hieghts, Spanish food, You can get pastellitoes, kipes and the like. Walk down 207 street from broadway to Nagel. Great Shop on 207 and Nagel names Fruitopia, they sell OUTSTANDING empanadas for 1 dollar, filled with cheese, chicken or beef, 1.50 have shrimp or vegetables.

      1. re: fabelmo

        Still Chinatown, but 1/4 lb. Best (brand name and in my book) beef jumbo hot dog for 92 cents, which comes to exactly $1 with tax. At Bowery and Canal - a take out window that has a Pawn Shop sign over it. If the Fun Wah bus is parked there you could easily miss this place.

        I haven't tried it, yet, and have just corrected the location of the new Fay Da near Penn Station, but it seems that you could get one item over rice for $1.25. Will have to confirm, though.

    2. will give the livers a try, how can I pass a good scarf for a buck, thanks for the tip

      1. Their fried chicken-also a buck a piece-is a top 3 contender in the city as an added bonus!

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        1. re: guttergourmet

          Even NY Magazine listed this place today as a post-recession recommendation.

          1. re: guttergourmet

            Did you actually try the fried chicken? What did you think?

          2. I, too, experience great joy in my heart when I find a fantastic food bargain. I also looove chicken livers and almost anything fried. But the ones, here, are hard, dry, and to my mind not very tasty. They come in abundant portions, but who wants that when the food's not actually good?

            BTW, your daughter is wise beyond her years. I've actually tried cat food and I kind of see/taste the resemblance.

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            1. re: cimui

              The fried chicken actually was great. The livers were admittedly not for everyone's taste (except for maybe me and my kitty).

              1. re: guttergourmet

                I should give it another go. The one time I tried the fried chicken, the coating was a bit soggy (I may be to blame since I didn't eat it on the spot) and the ratio of coating to meat was 2:1. Depending on what you like, though, the 2:1 ratio could be a good thing!

                I've heard the sides, esp. the mac & cheese, are stars of the show in their own right. I've only tried the collard greens and sweet potatoes (which were ok).

                1. re: cimui

                  I went for the livers instead of the sides but will definitely go back for the sides.

            2. That place is right near my husband's office and no one ever dares go there. When I pass by, it smells great and I'm tempted. My husband is too. Maybe one of these days when I'm in the neighborhood, I'll give it a shot.