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Any cheap food places around 72nd and Bway on Upper West Side.

saobi Aug 31, 2008 05:34 PM

Just moved to 72 and Broadway on Upper West Side, any recommendations for any dirt cheap food places (Chinese, mexican, italian, etc)? The only place I know is Papaya dog on the corner of 72 and amsterdam.

Any other recommendations? Thanks!

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  1. JoanN RE: saobi Aug 31, 2008 06:08 PM

    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.

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      xigua RE: saobi Sep 1, 2008 09:32 AM

      Hummus place is cheap and very good

      Hummus Place
      305 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

      1. JungMann RE: saobi Sep 2, 2008 07:42 AM

        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.

        1. LNG212 RE: saobi Sep 2, 2008 07:45 AM

          I've always liked Caridad (Bway and 78th). Their rice isn't so great (usually really dry)but I like the beans, the sweet plaintains; DH likes the carne asada; my friend raves about the ropa vieja. Oh, and we also like the soupy rice thing (not sure what it's called).

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            Ora RE: LNG212 Sep 2, 2008 09:18 AM

            soupy rice is probably ASOPAO.

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            cimui RE: saobi Sep 2, 2008 09:53 AM

            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

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