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

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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      1. re: pbjluver

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


        1. re: pbjluver

          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.

        2. re: pbjluver

          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.

          1. re: pbjluver

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

          2. Check out the burgers at Broome St bar.


            1. 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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              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

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

              2. Pizza at Grandaisy Bakery

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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: Peter Cherches

                        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.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: sugartoof

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

                        2. 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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                          1. re: MVNYC

                            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!