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Please help me plan my trip! (Sichuan noodles, pastries, etc.)

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I'll be visiting NYC next week. I'll be going to the Guggenheim Museum, the MOMA, the Frick museum, shopping and dinner with friends, and hopefully with your suggestions, great places to eat for breakfast and lunch.

I'm a grad student, so my budget is pretty limited. And I'll be staying in East village--so I'd appreciate some recommendations for bagel stores or other cheap eats in that area. I'm also looking for good places in Chinatown for dumplings and Sichuan style noodles, general cheap eats for lunch (<$15) and bakeries/dessert/bagel places/pastry shops near the different museums. So far, I only have Banh Mi, La Maison du Chocolate, Teuscher, and Joe's Shanghai on my list. Hope you all can help me out!

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  1. Prosperity Dumpling at 46 Eldridge - $1 gets you five boiled or pan fried dumplings. $1.50 gets you a pork or beef sandwich.

    Punjab Deli on 1st street, between 1st and A. $5 gets you rice plus 3 choices of indian vegetarian entrees. Cheap and enormously filling.

    Sichuan noodles - dan dan mian. Very good version of this at Grand Sichuan on St Marks. I think it's $5 for those noodles.

    Baoguette on St Marks, betwen 2nd and 3rd Avenue. $5 Banh Mi, although Banh Mi So 1 on Broome or Saigon Bakery on Mott do it better for slightly cheaper.

    Caracas Arepas - 7th St between 1st and A.

    Porchetta, 7th st between 1st and A. Porchetta sandwiches.

    Otafuku on 9th st for yakisoba.

    1. Frank restaurant.... great italian not expensive..on 4th street and 2nd ave
      Murrays bagels...13th and 6th ave...
      ippudo....delicious ramen and pork buns....9th street 4th ave
      baked by melissa....amazing min stuffed cupcakes...A MUST!! Spring street btwn mercer and broadway..529 broadway

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      1. re: dcesaria

        Isn't Frank more expensive than Supper and Cacio e Vino? My impression is that it is. All three places are good.

        to meadowlandmoon: Cafe Mogador on St. Marks between 1st and A is very much worth going to, especially for breakfast/brunch or lunch, which are cheaper than dinner (though their dinner is not expensive, either). It's best to go there on a weekday, when it isn't so crowded.

        There are also inexpensive Polish and Ukrainian places in the East Vilage, including Little Poland (2nd Av. between 12th and 13th), Stage Restaurant (a counter on 2nd Av. between 7th and St Marks, next to the Orpheum Theater), and Ukrainian East Village (in the Ukrainian National Home on 2nd between St. Marks and 9th). They serve more or less inexpensive, homey food (Ukrainian East Village is a bit more expensive than the others).

      2. You might not be able to eat more economically anywhere in the US than in the non-tourist portions of Chinatown east of Bowery. In this area the restaurants are only serving locals plus itinerant laborers passing through town, who have limited dining budgets but still require a minimum quality of food. Restaurants in this area are too numerous to mention, but besides Prosperity Dumplings would include Dumpling House, Super Taste, and Young City Fish Balls, also all on Eldridge, Eastern Noodles on Forsyth, Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodles, Food Sing and Ah Ping Noodles on East Broadway, Hua Ji on Allen, etc. etc.

        1. Near the MoMA, I strongly recommend Indus Express for chaat, Pampano Taqueria for tacos, or Ess a Bagel for bagels. There's also an Ess-a-Bagel in midtown east / Murray Hill -- which would be on the way home for you from the MoMA.

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          Ess-a-Bagel
          831 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

          Indus Express
          48 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

          Pampano Taqueria
          805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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          1. re: cimui

            Thanks for the help! I'll definitely go to some of these places!

            Last request--any good pizza place in those areas that sell by the slice?

            1. re: meadowlandmoon

              In the EV / LES area, there's Artichoke Basille's Pizza (E. 14th near 2nd Ave.). It's a bit of a Chowhound / blog darling right now, so lines can be long. [I think I've seen posts on optimal times to go, when it's a little less busy, so please do a search of this board.]

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              Artichoke
              328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003