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Recession Eats!

oystersallday Dec 9, 2008 06:53 AM

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 bucks...my 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. PlomeekSoup RE: oystersallday Dec 9, 2008 11:21 AM

    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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573654

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      redgirl RE: oystersallday Dec 9, 2008 06:13 PM

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

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        oystersallday RE: redgirl Jan 11, 2009 06:52 AM

        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.

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          brooklyndigest RE: oystersallday Mar 10, 2009 11:49 AM

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

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            Bob Martinez RE: brooklyndigest Mar 11, 2009 06:23 AM

            Google leads to Chowhound - http://www.chow.com/places/17771

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              brooklyndigest RE: Bob Martinez Mar 11, 2009 03:00 PM

              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!!

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                Bob Martinez RE: brooklyndigest Mar 12, 2009 06:23 AM

                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.

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        JFores RE: oystersallday Dec 14, 2008 06:52 AM

        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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          citygrrl2000 RE: JFores Dec 14, 2008 08:39 AM

          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.

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            AnnBR RE: citygrrl2000 Mar 9, 2009 09:13 PM

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

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            NYJewboy RE: JFores Mar 10, 2009 09:07 AM

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

          3. The Chowhound Team RE: oystersallday Dec 15, 2008 02:34 PM

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

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              Geo8rge RE: oystersallday Dec 18, 2008 06:47 PM

              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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                oystersallday RE: Geo8rge Dec 19, 2008 11:59 AM

                i forgot about dieting...

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                  lambretta76 RE: Geo8rge Mar 11, 2009 05:25 AM

                  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)

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                  zemilideias RE: oystersallday Dec 19, 2008 01:11 PM

                  So a $4 slice of pizza is recession eats?? Huh???

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                    MikeNYPT RE: zemilideias Dec 20, 2008 04:06 AM

                    It's the CULT of DiFara's.........

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                      NYJewboy RE: zemilideias Dec 20, 2008 05:33 AM

                      No, it is $4 for something spectacular. Beat that!

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                        oystersallday RE: NYJewboy Jan 10, 2009 02:47 PM

                        yes. i admit that 4 dollars is pricey for pizza but it's still considered cheap eating. and delicious eating at that.
                        plus you get to see "dom" take steaming pizza out of the oven with his hands (!)

                        (thanks for all these recs everyone. )

                    2. MellieGal RE: oystersallday Dec 21, 2008 08:16 AM

                      I highly recommend the daily soup specials at the cozy and warmly decorated Colombian restaurant Pollos A La Brasa Marion on Roosevelt Ave and 69th Street in Woodside. Splurge and order the large soup of the day, all are great, and costing no more than $7.95 which includes rice, salad and a meat sampling. I actually always take home half my meal! The coffee is to die for. On one recent visit I was treated to a sampling of delicious doughnut-like bunuelos, on the house. The warm and friendly service cannot be beat! The restaurant was recommended to me by my Ecuadorian born brother-in-law who finds the food authentic and reminds him of his dining experiences back home.

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                        DeeDee RE: oystersallday Jan 11, 2009 05:27 AM

                        chicken curry roti from Gloria's on Nostrand Avenue (huge serving 7 bucks)
                        doubles from Gloria's on Nostrand Avenue (1.50)

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                          badassforesthills RE: oystersallday Jan 12, 2009 08:43 PM

                          here is my recipes for tightening pocket style :
                          - buy any kind of roll regular like tuna,sptuna, california, spsalmon at Megumi at 96-05 metro ,forest hills they have 3 rolls for $ 7.50,- amazing price !!! who can beat them?
                          - buy wonton soup,or chicken wing at Chinese food wing wah at Metro ave( 3.25 for 4 pc chicken
                          - buy pizza at woodside ave ( 1.25 /per slice big )
                          eat super cheap,healthy , tight pocket and get enough sleep..even we are at the trouble of DEBT of DEEP ....

                          1. VeggieBooty RE: oystersallday Mar 3, 2009 08:12 PM

                            I'm living in Greenpoint and am unemployed.

                            I noticed that Baker's Dozen bagels on Manhattan sells a dozen bagels on Wednesday for $6 - I am thinking I could slice them and freeze them to save a little bit.

                            And Papacito's has tacos for $1.50 at lunch time!

                            Has anyone else found any more deals?

                            1. Polecat RE: oystersallday Mar 4, 2009 08:42 AM

                              Not just budget, but to hold you over until the cold blast thaws out: A bag of hot, roasted sweet potatoes for five bucks, available in the H-Mart parking lot, Union Street, Flushing. Haven't had a bag myself yet - I always go for the Taiyaki-like anko fish pastries inside - but they smell great. Reminds me of the street-food scene in Seoul.

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                                phunkykim RE: Polecat Mar 4, 2009 09:54 AM

                                how do they season/spice the sweet potatoes?
                                i am a huge sp fan and live nearby.....

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                                  Polecat RE: phunkykim Mar 4, 2009 10:17 AM

                                  Good question. And, as I always say, there's only one way to find out. Sample a bag - they're 5 bucks.

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                                    Linda RE: Polecat Mar 11, 2009 09:46 AM

                                    are you talking about the korean sweet potato, goguma?

                                    i feel like they may be slightly different from the traditional yams/sweet potatoes. as a child, my mom would buy them in bulk from the korean supermarket. they had purple skin and the inside was a dark orange color. she would literally wrap it up in tin foil, stick it in the oven, and then we would eat it like that. i don't believe that she put in any spices/seasoning. the natural sugar would be released from the goguma during the heating, i believe.

                                    don't mark my words, as my mom could've snuck things without telling me. :)

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                                      Polecat RE: Linda Mar 11, 2009 01:49 PM

                                      I'll have to sample a bag and get back to you. I've only spied the stand, which is right by the entrance to H-Mart in the parking lot, on my way to buy groceries. Since we steam yams at home, I haven't really had reason to buy a bag, and I don't think they sell them singly. But I am curious.

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                                mybaby RE: oystersallday Mar 4, 2009 11:00 AM

                                I highly recommend the lunch specials for $7 includes soup or salad @ El Patron Mexican Grill in Flushing, I was there on Friday with my friends and they have fresh guacamole for $ 5.5, fajitas for $7, salmon, etc. Their Happy Hour specials are amazing!!

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                                  phunkykim RE: mybaby Mar 5, 2009 06:19 AM

                                  very true polecat - i'll let you know when i stop by....
                                  and mybaby.... do you know if el patron's lunch specials & happy hours are every day or just mon-fri? Are their happy hour specials on both food & drink?

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                                    mybaby RE: phunkykim Mar 5, 2009 08:00 AM

                                    Phunkykim, lunch special is everyday from 11:30 to 3 and Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7
                                    Sat-Sun 2-6 for happy hour they offer taquitos for $ 1, chicken wings for $ 25c

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                                  comestible RE: oystersallday Mar 10, 2009 07:21 AM

                                  In Staten Island, there is a Sunday buffet at an excellent Sri Lankan place (SanRasa) that is $10, but it's all you can eat. I arrived hungry at lunchtime and didn't need dinner that day. It's about a 15 min. walk from the ferry.

                                  I wrote about the specifics toward the end of this thread:


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                                    mike in brooklyn RE: oystersallday Mar 11, 2009 05:10 AM

                                    There are two Chinese Cafes on Ave U in Booklyn.
                                    One on North side of U between E 17 - one on South side U between
                                    Ocean Ave. and E 19.
                                    They both offer a lunch which includes either chicken, beef ribs, pork ribs,
                                    salted fish, or ground beef. All are served over rice with a large helping of cooked
                                    cabbage and a fried egg.


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                                      BonnieB. RE: mike in brooklyn Mar 11, 2009 02:06 PM

                                      Wow, $2.75! I usually pay 3.50 at a place on 8th and 64th, not to much veg and definately no egg. I'm going to schlep my daughter with me this weekend and check that out.

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                                        mike in brooklyn RE: BonnieB. Mar 12, 2009 05:01 AM

                                        There a few of these type lunches available on 8th Ave - one I remember
                                        on 8th bet. 57 & 58 . These are the ones that let you choose about 3 or 4
                                        different cooked foods that they put over rice. They usually offer some kind
                                        of fish, meat stew, vegetables. They are actually better than the ones
                                        on Ave. U.
                                        For real recession eats

                                        Forget the restaurants and start COOKING - beans, lentils, tofu lots of vegetables !

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                                          Pulpio RE: mike in brooklyn Mar 12, 2009 12:07 PM

                                          Has anyone tried the relatively new $4.75 rice-and-four place on 9th St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope?

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                                            oystersallday RE: Pulpio Mar 13, 2009 03:49 PM

                                            what is rice-and-four? i am unfamiliar.

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                                              Pulpio RE: oystersallday Mar 13, 2009 04:50 PM

                                              You get your choice of four dishes – meat, fish, tofu, vegetables, etc. – over rice. Or noodles. Plus soup.

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                                                oystersallday RE: Pulpio Mar 14, 2009 07:35 AM

                                                ahh thanks. understood. i will stay clear of the spot you mention.

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                                      Kitchop RE: oystersallday Mar 11, 2009 11:47 AM

                                      Two more suggestions:

                                      1. Anything at Tacos Matamoros in Sunset Park. BYOB.
                                      2. Share fajitas, a side of guacamole and a pitcher of margaritas at Elora's in Windsor Terrace.

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                                        The Vapors RE: Kitchop Mar 14, 2009 07:50 AM

                                        Second Matamoros, get the small tacos....
                                        But closer to my hood, Fast and Fresh Burrito Grill on Hoyt at Atlantic.
                                        Three good, not great soft tacos, whichever type they have that day, $6.
                                        But the real deal is the $2 Bohemia cervezas. 3 tacos, 2 beers, $10-no tax.

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                                          oystersallday RE: The Vapors Aug 8, 2009 06:20 AM

                                          just wanted to thank everyone for these great suggestions. i fell off chowhound for awhile, but i'm back.

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