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May 3, 2009 03:54 PM

$10 or less for delicious lunches

My boyfriend is saving his money for a car so I do not want to empty his wallet ever time we go out for our weekend lunch. ISO tasty...any ethnicity, but not too spicy as he has a bad stomach from that...$10 or less per person...have already enjoyed Baoguette, Grey's Papaya and Pita Joe. Any other suggestions, please?

MUST BE anywhere in Manhattan. We love to explore the city.


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  1. In the East Village:
    Hummus Place
    Porchetta (a sandwich costs $9 and it's crowded for lunch, but very delicious)
    Cafe Orlin or Mogador's breakfast special (cheap, with great espresso, but only on weekdays until 4)
    I think Grand Sichuan has a cheap lunch special too, but I've never tried it.

    7 Replies
    1. re: hungrycomposer

      I don't recommend their lunch special. I always order a la carte, but it usually costs more than $10 (closer to $20).

      1. re: Pan

        That's good to know, I never ordered the lunch special myself.

        If you take into account the fact that Grand Sichuan's leftovers make great meals, and the portions are large, order carefully and you'll get another meal out of your lunch. But it would be hard to serve 2 for $20.

        1. re: hungrycomposer

          I agree. More like $40/2 people, but yeah, leftovers are definitely possible.

          1. re: Pan

            Really? I have a pretty healthy appetite, but I am happy with the size of the Grand Sichuan lunch or a small plate and appetizer at the 7th Avenue location.

            1. re: JungMann

              I don't know what your "really" is in response to. I've never been to the 7th Av. location. But my problem with the lunch specials at the other locations I've been to is that few if any of the dishes are genuine Sichuan-style, and the accompaniments (spring rolls, hot & sour or egg drop soup) pretty much suck.

              1. re: Pan

                Really was in reference to needing to order $20-worth of food per person. The lunch specials at GS are typically of the Americanized variety, which sometimes satisfy a particular craving, but there are also okay Szechuanese options like the twice-cooked pork that can be plenty filling. Typically I order one of the ma la appetizers like ox tongue or beef tendon that are enough for my lunch and under $10.

          2. re: hungrycomposer

            Grand Sichuan Eastern, Chong Qing Sour Cabbage Fish is an enormous soup with a whole fish in it, feeds 3 for $20 (plus rice).

            Also the Chong Qing Spicy Mountain Chicken (make sure spicy, they sometimes dumb it down) is an enormous "soupy" chicken arrangement, $15 plus rice and can more than feed 2. When I complained about the dumbed down one, which was tasteless, they just took it back, jazzed it up with the sichuan peppercorns, and sent it back out. Now, I'm ordinarily quite irritated by that sort of shortcut... but I do have to admit, in this case it worked, it was its old self again. I guess the entire flavor of that dish comes from the peppercorns.

            Grand Sichuan
            1049 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

      2. Taqueria truck on 96th between Bway and West End - great Mexican for $10 or less, Charm Thai - Amsterdam btwn 95th and 96th - $8 lunch special, Sophie's Cuban Cuisine - several locations in Manhattan and lots of lunch options under ten, Lime Jungle on 9th ave and 53rd, Island Burgers and Shakes - 9th ave and 51st

        1. I like 'wichcraft on 8th St. near Broadway. There are other locations around the city--

          1. On the UES, Cafe Mingala (Burmese, $6.95):


            Many (if not all) of the restaurants in Chinatown have lunch specials under $10, some under $5. Pick one that you thought was "delicious" at dinner, and go there for lunch. I like Congee Village, but everyone and her mom will have a favorite.


            1. Shake Shack
              Saigon Banh Mi
              Bread (half sandwich and soup combo)
              Pinche Taqueria
              Hoomoos Asli (falafel sandwich)
              Prosperity Dumpling
              V&T pizza