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Jul 23, 2008 09:45 PM

Best cheap and healthy bang-for-your-buck?

I'll start off by throwing in my own 2 cents worth: Caracas in the EV and Nizza in Hells Kitchen are both inexpensive and (assuming you order the right things) the food is healthy as well as delicious.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. I personally love Josie's...Pita Grill too.

    1. Energy Kitchen has lots of tasty, healthy selections. (The bison cheesesteak wrap is a favorite.) Much better than the bland offerings at the similarly-themed Pump imo.

      1. I like Better Burger and Eva's

        1. Minca's in the EV for straight-from-the-earth ramen, and Maoz in Union Square for falafels with super-fresh veggies.

          1. Ayurveda Cafe for Indian vegetarian set meals on the UWS. Bottomless portions -- you can always ask for more -- but that kind of sort of defeats the purpose of healthy, doesn't it? I haven't been in a while but I used to pay $8 for lunch. It's a bit more during dinnertime. It gets you appetizer, rice, dal, vegetable, bread and dessert.

            Food is not highly salted and seasoned like most Indian restaurants. So I can see a lot of people finding the food bland and tasteless if that's where you're coming from. You need to appreciate this place for what it is -- very fresh and light. This is the only place where the food doesn't make me feel like a ton of bricks afterwards.

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              Try the vegetarian options at Burritoville. I like the megasoy. They provide free chips and a variety of salsas if you eat in.