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May 26, 2009 08:44 PM

More Cheap Eats, but cheap for college kids?

Ok - so the last post asked for sub-$20 recommendations. What about sub-$10 places to eat? We're penniless college kids, and one of us is a tolerant vegetarian. I once ate at a tiny hole-in-the-wall chinese place, where I spent around five bucks and we got enough food for two guys. This is the kind of inexpensive (not necessarily cheap i.e. crappy food) eatery i'm looking for.

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  1. dumpling house on eldridge- i think its called Vanessa's Dumplings now? very cheap dumplings but i really dig the sesame pancake with roasted pork. i can leave absolutely stuffed, maybe with leftovers, for $4.50-5.00.

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    1. re: scott.

      I second dumpling house. You could feed an army for $10 there. It used to be a tiny window-front where you had to go elsewhere to eat, but they've expaned and now have tables. The beef sandwich on sesame bread with cilantro is also delicious, but the friend pork dumplings are by far the best item on the menu. More on the dumpling house here:

      1. re: OliveRuth

        Day 4 of dinner from this thread. I ordered Chive & Pork Dumplings, Fried (5 pcs) and a Sesame Pancake Sandwich with Roast Pork. Delicious and it totaled $5.40!! I think it was someone on Yelp who said it best: 'I came for the dumplings, but I'll stay for the Sesame Pancake Sandwich'. The pork was pretty fatty in the sandwich (but that only added more flavor if you ask me). I look forward to coming back here to try the huge Steamed Buns.

        1. re: kathryn

          3rd for Baoguette!! 2nd Maoz and I will add a few:

          Republic on Union Square is great for the higher end of the $10 price point. A bowl of their noodle soups or rice dishes runs between $10-13 and is plenty for a full meal.

          Go Go Curry is really fantastic and you can get out of there seriously stuffed for under $10. It's on 38th and 8th.

          Margon on 46th between 6th and 7th (or is it Broadway) has really interesting Latin food that you can easily get out of there for well under $10 with a plate full of oxtails, cod, beans, plantains, and whatever else they have that day.

        2. re: Lettucepray

          Thanks so much for the Baoguette recommendation! I took a 5 minute walk to St. Marks and am thoroughly enjoying this late dinner of the classic Bahn Mi.

          1. re: Lettucepray

            Had a Purple Joe (Eggplant & Egg Sandwich) at Pita Joe for dinner. Delicious but I was a little surprised by the price. $6.88 before 20% off student discount (which I didn't know about 'til I was finished). The tahini and hot sauce shined though! I think I'd return here to try other dishes.

            Pita Joe
            2 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

          2. In the village I like Kati Roll. In east village, Crif Dogs, Caracas Arepas, S'mac

            Caracas Arepa Bar
            93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

            Kati Roll Co.
            99 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

            345 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

            Crif Dogs
            113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

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            1. re: YummyInTheCity

              I think Caracas Arepas Bar is probably over $10. I usually get two arepas, and they're $6-7 each.

              1. re: YummyInTheCity

                These are good choices. Pinch is also good for pizza and Empanada Mama in Hell's Kitchen. I do not know where the OP goes to school.

                1. re: YummyInTheCity

                  OK, I made it to S'Mac for dinner tonight. I broke my under $10 rule ($10.57), but is was incredibly delicious. I got the medium 4-Cheese to-go. I cannot even explain how anxious I was to dig into this thing. 100% I return and bring friends along next time. I want to try some of the more exotic variations next time!

                2. Lots of places in Chinatown. Great NY Noodletown, East Corner Wonton, Bo Ky, Chao Chow, Wing Huang, the Fuzhounese noodle places (those might be hard for a vegetarian, though)...

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                  1. re: Pan

                    I agree with Chinatown. Moon House kept me well-fed and when it was open for around $5 a pop. I'd also add Prosperity Dumpling, Banh Mi Saigon, Wah Fung and the better pho houses to the mix. They definitely trumped the usual falafel, Thai, pizza rotation around NYU. Post-college I also discovered Piece of Chicken, Tehuitzingo, Taqueria Fonda y la Mexicana, and Taza de Oro closer to some other college campuses.

                  2. These might help:

                    $10 or less for delicious lunches

                    Where 25 people can eat dinner for $12 each in Manhattan

                    Current Favorite Dish/Item for Less than $10?

                    $10 and under, family friendly, Fresh, Good, Clean, and worth leaving the Outer Boroughs for?