$10 - $15 Entree Challenge!
Still trying to build our 4 day cheap and cheerful NYC food itinerary for February. It's a recession so we're trying to get entrees for between $10-$15 (less is even better) plus the usual drink/tax/tip additions.
No fish or seafood or fancy food. Love big breakfasts that last us all day then in the evening sandwiches, steaks, burgers, ramen, noodles, fried chicken, ribs, wings, pasta, soups, thai.
For breakfast we're pretty confident of trying Clinton St & The Smith and are really looking forward to that.
Dinner, now that's the bit we're struggling with. I think we have our heart set on Dinosaur for one dinner and we'll head to Shake Shack before the Knicks game which leaves two more up for grabs. Possibly Co. but we're open to suggestions. It would be nice to get one asian dish in there - ramen, noodles etc.
Have been to NYC several times when $$ has not been as much of an issue - but what can I say, times are hard!
I recently had dinner at Republic, which I like, so that's what I thought of when I read your note. As far as I can tell from menupages, the highest price on their menu is $13, which fits in your price range. Between the food, the prices, and the location, the place is pretty popular. Not a problem for getting seated, when I've been there, but part of why it's really loud in there. I mean REALLY LOUD! The two 25-ish girls sitting next to my wife & me seemed perfectly comfortable talking in their parade-ground voices about their recent breakups and what not; for us it was a bit much. (Not to wave you off, just trying for an informed consent kinda situation.)
37 Union Sq W, New York, NY 10003
Angelo's Pizza on 57th between 6th & 7th or at 55th & 2nd ave. You can get a small pizza (definitely enough for 2) for $15, and one of the small salads, also plenty for 2, for less than $10. The "family size" things easily feed 3 or 4. Here's the menu link: http://www.angelospizzany.com/menus.htm
Most Chinese restaurants in Chinatown would be fine for you, in terms of price. Great NY Noodletown comes to mind, in particular. If you want Thai, I particularly recommend the original Wondee. Stick to the "Secret Thai" menu and tell them to make it really spicy and Thai style, if you can handle it. Pam's Real Thai on 49th St. is another good place, at similar prices (within your budget).
Since you like big breakfasts, you'll want to have a look at the Best Brunch thread:
I recommend Cafe Mogador, excellent breakfast/lunch/brunch every day.
I didn't think the Smith's brunch was anything special -- Shopsin's however lives up to the hype. Every single bit!