Any cheap food places around 72nd and Bway on Upper West Side.
Wok City on Amsterdam betw. 67 & 68. Take out and delivery only. The prices have gone up lately (whose haven't?) and quality varies more than it used to, but it's still pretty good food for the money--especially the special combinations that include and egg roll and fried rice.
Finding something cheap in the neighborhood has been a struggle since I moved there. Normally I go to Fairway or head up to the ethnic takeaways in Morningside. I find them much more satisfying and reliable. More locally there's:
Big Nick's - burgers
Grandaisy Bakery - pizza, bread
Dinastia China - Chinese-Latin
The Cottage - Chinese-American
Arte Around the Corner - coffee, sandwiches, Italian specialties
Shake Shack - soon-to-open burger place
There's also a Chilean pizza parlor on Amsterdam between 74th and 75th that has Chilean-style empanadas and some interesting toppings.
cafe con leche, just north of 80th on b'way, is about the same price range as caridad. if you're a fairly normal sized human, one of the substantial cubano, pernil or steak sandwiches should do you for a meal and cost you around 6 bucks. for about the same price, you can pick up mofongo, which might last you two meals.
a large steamed roast pork bun at china fun (columbus between 71st and 72nd) is $1.75 and about as filling as a hot dog, probably.
Cafe con Leche
424 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024