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Dec 9, 2008 06:53 AM

Recession Eats!

that are not spam.

Here are mine so far:

1. 1/2 roast chicken, side of rice and beans at El Gran Castillo de Jagua - 7.75

2. Pizza at Di Faras - 4 bucks, byob

3. chicken/veal pelmeni at Cafe Glechnik - 5 bucks. (and their borscht and vareniki...also byob)

4. jerk chicken, rice and peas - from Islands. i get this delivered. its byob but service can be super slow.

5. beef patties from Chrysties - 2 friend jamaican friend claims they aren't so authentic but they are convenient for me and yummy.

6. thai from Song -- cheap. decent. 7/8 bucks

7. sushi lunch special from Taro. 8 bucks

8. tibetan at Cafe Tibet on cortelyou - still experimenting with this place but i've enjoyed dumplings/soups. 6 bucks.


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  1. Thanks for the suggestions - I miss the mamey shake at El Gran Castillo de Jagua...

    You might want to also take a look at this thread:

    1. steam table at madina on coney island ave. (indian/pak and yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm): not sure how much but cheap.

      5 Replies
      1. re: redgirl

        finally got take out from madina last night. we ordered

        aloo palak-spinach curry cooked with potatoes (3.99)
        saada bhindi - okra cooked with tomatoes and onions (3.99)
        chicken kadai with green chilies, ginger, and tomatoes and rice and naan (99).

        i also got some dessert (gulab jaman)

        over all we were impressed. our food could have been a bit hotter in terms of temperature but it was rich and flavorful and well spiced. (spinach packed a mean punch and was a bit too spicy for my gf). either way, we will definitely go back. the man behind the counter was also really helpful.

        of course, i prefer my galab jamun fresh and swimming in the hot sweet syrup, but such is one of the drawbacks of going to counter-style place.

        also fyi
        i don't think that anything on the menu is over 8 bucks except the boneless (whole) tilapia ringing in at 11.99 and we have a lot of leftovers for today.

        1. re: oystersallday

          Where exactly on CIA can I find Madina? I've heard tell of it and I'm right by CIA on Church...

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              ooh, that's both an obvious way to answer my question (i.e. I shoulda figured that out myself) and embarrassingly close to my house... thanks!!

              1. re: brooklyndigest

                I just enter the restaurant name and borough (Queens, Brooklyn, etc.) into Google. The location will pop up, sometimes their website, and often links to posts on CH and reviews on Citysearch, Yelp, NY Magazine, etc. I don't think it's ever failed.

      2. Anything from Ghoroa on Hillside Avenue defines recession bites. I am frequently in awe of how cheap stuff I order is. Like, I've had 3 course meals there and I go up and ask how much in Bangla and I'm nearly floored when they say 4 dollars.

        Oh yeah, I've known the people there for about two years so I can't say that everyone will get such low prices.

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        1. re: JFores

          St Germain's in Bay Ridge at 8303 3rd Ave. is offering on a dinner for 2 you get the 2nd entree FREE on Wednesday and Thursday. Nice French food in a quiet atmosphere.

          1. re: citygrrl2000

            is st germain still offering this deal? they took the sign down.

          2. re: JFores

            Ghoroa has been closed both times I went there, which seemed to conform to posted hours. Is there a method?

          3. We moved a couple of Manhattan-related posts to the Manhattan board - they're at:

            1. Indian food in a pouch, Trader Joe's, $2.20 don't foget to hit the free samples in the back.

              El Gran Castillo de Jagua. - Mofungo.

              Dieting, free

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                1. re: Geo8rge

                  I'm a big fan of the $1 ones from Patel Bros. (I forget the brand) - the saag paneer is a bit weird, but the paneer in "red sauce" is quite tasty. (I usually add some homemade paneer as they're a bit stingy on the stuff)