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Aug 31, 2009 09:49 PM

Starving Foodie Student

Just moved to NYC from Boston, attending NYU and would love to know some affordable places to eat in the East Village/Union Square area- aside form the NYU dining halls... Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and especially places that are quick or good for take out.

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  1. check out Grand Sichuan on St.Mark's, Cafe Mogador for Moroccan breakfasts, Zaab City on 13th St for grilled pork salad and green papaya salad, Cacio e Vino for Sicilian food...

    Also, i'd recommend doing a search on this board under: "East Village" plus "takeout", "affordable", "NYU" and "cheap", and you'll get hundreds of suggestions...

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      Royale (alphabet city)
      Pete's Tavern
      Momofuku Ssam and Noodle
      Rai Rai Ken
      Peanut Butter & Co

      That's off the top of my head (I went to NYU as well)

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          1 Reply
          1. re: kathryn

            I second Time Out NY's Cheap Eats issue/link. It's a good resource.
            On the website, they categorize by neighborhood. Neighborhoods closest to NYU are east village, greenwich village, soho. A little further is chinatown or murray hill.
            Also check out this website:
            They usually have some places in ny.

          2. Artichoke Basille's and, a bit farther afield, you're not *that* far from walking to Chinatown. Hard to find a better, more filling $2.50 lunch than a sesame pancake with beef and an order of dumplings at Prosperity.

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            1. re: craig_g

              Pita Joe's on 14th St / 5th Ave

              1. re: craig_g

                I second Prosperity. Their $1 Sesame Pancake with Vegetables will definitely make one of the cheapest and most filling lunches you can find. And it's delicious. Dumplings and pork buns are too.

                Non-take out:
                There is supposed to be some crazy all you can eat/drink happy hour at Boka on St Marks for Korean Fried Chicken and Beer. I wanna say it was in the low $20s for all you can consume.

                Also Pukk on 1st and 4th if you want a sit down place to share food and cocktails with friends. Cocktails are $5, and pretty good, entrees are around $8, apps are $5. Its vegetarian, but I like it, and I'm a dedicated carnivore. You have to know to order some things extra spicy, or they're too sweet (like the curries). They do delivery too.

                Cheap sushi around the corner at Jeollado -- they usually have some sort of special that is ridiculously cheap. Also a good place for friends, since getting a large table is easy.