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Going to NYC in March...recommendations for cheap eats $10 and under?

cha_siu_bao Feb 28, 2010 01:33 PM

Hi fellow foodies!

I will be visiting NYC during March Break (from March 12-16). I will be living near Soho area...since I blew most of my budget on accomodations, I need to watch my budget a little more carefully...

Any suggestions would be appreciated for breakfast, lunch or dinner :) and of course, dessert.


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    small h RE: cha_siu_bao Feb 28, 2010 01:41 PM

    Start here:


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      pbjluver RE: cha_siu_bao Feb 28, 2010 02:29 PM

      for the best bahn mi
      25th and Lexington


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        pbjluver RE: pbjluver Feb 28, 2010 02:33 PM

        also a huge fav of mine...PITA JOE
        a great meal for $6.00


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          fein RE: pbjluver Mar 2, 2010 11:23 AM

          i second pita joe. so delicious. the meatball shop just opened les, supposed to be really good. defonte's for a yummy sandwich. shake shack. motorino has a $12 lunch special..i didn't love motorino but it seems to be the new best pizza. artichoke pizza if you can stand the line.

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          StrongIsland RE: pbjluver Feb 28, 2010 03:43 PM

          Bahn mi closer to you would be Saigon Bakery on Mott. Also Baoguette has a place on St. Marks as well. Preferred Saigon Bakery myself.

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            MVNYC RE: pbjluver Mar 2, 2010 07:26 PM

            Baoguette is really not very good. If you want a good one, try Vietnam Banh Mi So 1 on Broome and Mott.

          2. CantStopEating RE: cha_siu_bao Feb 28, 2010 02:40 PM

            Check out the burgers at Broome St bar.


            1. NAtiveNewYorker RE: cha_siu_bao Feb 28, 2010 03:04 PM

              The gyro at Karavas (two West Village locations) is excellent and very filling.

              Rice Balls at Faicco's (Bleeker, near you) are $1 a piece and great cold.

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                cha_siu_bao RE: NAtiveNewYorker Mar 1, 2010 06:08 PM

                Thank you for your recommendations! Looking forward to visiting :D

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                wvvm RE: cha_siu_bao Mar 2, 2010 06:06 AM

                Pizza at Grandaisy Bakery

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                  yting RE: cha_siu_bao Mar 2, 2010 11:18 AM

                  to;cha siu bao:
                  NO to Baoguette. check out the links in Chowhound.

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                      Peter Cherches RE: cha_siu_bao Mar 3, 2010 04:16 PM

                      There are several 4+rice places in Chinatown on Division St. and one some on Grand. I've only been to the one on Grand east of Bowery, but a large selection, and I think it's 4 choices plus rice or Lo Mein for $4.

                      Ali Baba aka Shawarma King on Bleecker for great lamb shawarma.


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                        cha_siu_bao RE: Peter Cherches Mar 8, 2010 06:54 PM

                        I might check out the NanXiang xiao long bao's you mentioned in your blog. Would like to compare that to some of my fave dumplings in Toronto.

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                        sugartoof RE: cha_siu_bao Mar 3, 2010 06:11 PM

                        ukranian home, or veselka
                        soosoom for falafel
                        lan sheng (order modest or go at lunch)
                        torissi sandwich shop
                        caracas arepa bar

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                          daffyduck RE: sugartoof Mar 4, 2010 08:34 AM

                          good recs, if u do artichoke u should also stop by led zeppole next door. they have pretty cheap, tasty sweets.

                        2. MVNYC RE: cha_siu_bao Mar 4, 2010 09:15 AM

                          If you are in the East Village, the Chicken/Lamb and Rice guy on First ave and 11th street opposite the Islamic center makes pretty good stuff for very cheap. A pita sandwich runs about $5.

                          Also in the East Village you can get some good ramen, Setagaya will set you back about $10 as will Rei Rei Ken though i like Setagaya more.

                          Chinatown has tons of Cheap eats, search the board for more recs. Chanoodle has a couple of good didhes for around $6, their clams with pork and black bean sauce and salt baked squid.

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                            cha_siu_bao RE: MVNYC Mar 8, 2010 06:49 PM

                            Thanks for remidning me about Chinatown. I remember having some really good BBQ pork there...i only remember the Chinese phonetics of the place called "Dai Wong"...will try to find that palce again ...Thanks a lot fellow chowhounders!

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