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really good cheap eats near St. Marks Place

Looking for quick lunch somewhere near St. Marks Place. Had a nice shawarma at chickpea last year but heard it closed/went downhill. Any suggestions?

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  1. B&H dairy has pretty good knish, blintz, and wide selection of soups and sandwiches. it's mostly vegetarian with the occasional exception (like salmon croquettes).

    i haven't had them in a while, but i've liked the grilled rice balls at yakitori taisho in the past. according to menupages, they now run between $1.75 and $3. (2-3 should be enough for the average adult.)

    and if you prefer to self cater, m2m and sunrise mart both have inexpensive takeout (and m2m has a few seats in its cafe).

    1. Cafe Magador...excellent and great value. I eat there whenever I am near St Marks at mealtime.

      1. Caracas on 7th btw 1st and A is an absolute winner. Order your choice of Arepa and you'll know why it's one of the most popular local spots in the East Village.

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        1. re: silencespeak

          Hmmm...$6 for one arepa just isn't cheap to me.

          1. re: Pan

            It's the East Village, you get what you can.

            1. re: silencespeak

              I live here, and it's no longer a good value to me, so I go elsewhere.

            2. re: Pan

              depending on which one you get, it will be filling as all heck; a pabellon does it for me, personally.

            3. re: silencespeak

              Thanks silencespeak. Caracas will work. Any shawarma in the area as well?

              1. re: kcchef

                You could always go to Mamoun's on St Marks, but get the lamb shawarma only. I had chicken shawarma a couple of weeks ago, and it was dry and leaden. On the whole, I think falafel is the best bet at Mamoun's.

            4. Hummus Place (much better than Chickpea).
              Ask for Malaysian style food at Plump Dumpling - the owner is Malaysian and it's a little different than their budget Chinese menu.
              If you're bringing food home, pierogi deli on 1st avenue just south of saint mark's.

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              1. re: hungrycomposer

                cinderella's falafel on their wrap is pretty damn good.

              2. otafuku for interesting Japanese bites like takoyaki, small selection but good prices