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May 31, 2010 03:34 AM

Manhattan on the cheap

Where can I find the best food cheap? We are coming down for the weekend and looking for really good food, but can't break the bank (the hotel room already did that). We don't like tourist traps. We like small spots for locals. Suggestions?

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  1. i'm sure there are a ton of posts exactly like this already, but i'll just name a few to start.

    Caracas Arepa Bar (each arepa is about $5. two for lunch would be plenty)
    Congee Bowery (gf & I can eat here for less than $20 and still take home leftovers)
    Rhong-Tiam ($12 dinner entrees and $5 apps)
    Shake Shack ($5 burgers. think Wendy's but edible and delicious)
    Panna II (not GREAT food, but a lot of fun; BYOB)

    Shake Shack
    Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

    Congee Bowery
    207 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

    87 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    Caracas Arepa Bar
    93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

    Panna II
    93 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    1. You can start with the links listed in this recent thread. Yours is a common request.

      1. Obao - 53rd St between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

        1. Molly's for a burger and a Guinness, Motorino for a pizza. Maybe some oysters, at the bar, at Jay Shaffer's place (haven't been in awhile). Wine and nibbles at Otto is pretty good.
          Life's too short for crap food.

          349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. How cheap is cheap? For sit down restaurants make sure you account for tax and tip. Arey you OK eating outside, standing up? Do you plan to spend $10 per person? $15? Where do you plan to be? A lot of tourist attractions have restaurants and carts who hike up the prices due to proximity, but if you're savvy, you can still find the "deals" around.

            What's in the itinerary and when do you plan to visit so we can tell you about, say, upcoming interesting street fairs?

            Otherwise, all of our answers will start to blend together.