$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.
In the East Village:
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.
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.
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.
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.
1049 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022
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
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.
Saigon Banh Mi
Bread (half sandwich and soup combo)
Hoomoos Asli (falafel sandwich)
Great NY Noodletown, Chao Chow, Bo Ky, Wing Huang, East Corner Wonton (haven't been there in years, but liked it, and it's gotten some very good writeups on Chowhound lately). There are other worthwhile cheap places in Chinatown, but those will get you started.
East Corner Wonton:
Fujian immigrants have opened up 5-6 homemade hand-pulled noodle soup shops where you can replenish your soul for $5.
Amazing 66 - some 66+ lunch specials all for $5.25. Make sure you ask for their special lunch menu though, otherwise you will be handed their dinner menu!
I second the Porchetta rec.
Caracas Arepas Bar (de pollo arepa with juice of day, my fave)
Westville East (great turkey burger $9)
Zabb City (excellent thai. Not all under $10, but lots)
La Esquina (take out side. Must try tacos, $3-$4 each. Cocinita pibil, my fave)
Dumplings. I like Mosco Street. 5 for $1
There are others, you could do a dumpling tour and compare.
BB Sandwich Bar, West 3rd and McDougal. Owner's interpretation of philly cheese steaks--I'm not trying to say they're authentic, with their low simmered onions and pepper relish, but they sure are delicious.