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Vegetarian beggar budget - UES

I've been going to Hunter College for 2 years now, and have had only two slices of pizza from the nearby area because of the seemingly high costs of eating out. Even the college cafeteria charges 8 dollars for sushi and 7 for standard prison-quality food.

Is there any restaurant within a 10-block radius that offers college-student-budget vegetarian options? I'm talking 4-5 dollars a meal, or 2 dollars for something to stave off the hunger.

I've read of China Fun so far, which looks great, but the threads are years old.

Thanks for any ideas, I appreciate it and understand that food doesn't grow on trees.

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  1. I've had a few lunch specials at China Fun - it's standard issue cheap(ish) Chinese. There's a Pick-A-Bagel on Lex & 77th. Grace's Marketplace & Food Emporium on Third sell sushi and sandwiches.

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    Grace's Marketplace
    1237 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

    1. Food grows on trees. It is called fruit. That said $4-$5 is hard to deal with in that area. For $7 or so you can get a hummus plate at Nanoosh which is decent. Near the hospitals you can find falafel cart vendors which could also fall into your price range.

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      Nanoosh
      1273 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

      1. That is a bit of a rough budget in that neighborhood (or in other neighborhoods outside of Chinatown in Manhattan). I can totally commiserate as when I was in grad school, my budget was around the same. I ended up bringing in my lunch most of the time. For $4-5 bucks, you can eat like a queen if you prepare your food at home.

        Have you checked out some of the hospital cafeterias? I remember there were a lot of outsiders who ate at the cafeteria at Bellevue Hospital because it was cheaper than going to a diner.

        1. Suggest you check menu pages:
          http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

          Good luck with school and finding inexpensive restaurant food in one of NYC's priciest areas. Also hope your "beggar" (which, btw, I believe would be more aptly described as "pauper") budget increases rapidly and exponentially upon graduation.

          1. Definitely go to Lenny's on 1st Avenue and 68th (bagel and deli shop, lots of veggie choices and cheap), The New Market Place on 70th and 1st (deli with vegetarian options for under 6 bucks), Shanghai 2nd Ave between 71 and 72 (cheap chinese, friendly service, okay food), I know a lot of cheap places to eat but most of them are either closer to 90th street on the east side cause that's where I live and am on a major budget a lot of the times and am a veg.

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            New Market Place
            419 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021

            Shanghai
            1388 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

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            1. re: mccaugheyd

              Mccaugheyd: please share your budget vegi picks in the low 90's. My wife & I (both veg) have just moved to 2nd&91, & would love to hear about cheaper options than we've been finding.

              1. re: mrken

                Buddha BBeeQ is inexpensive, LOADS of veggie options, and extremely close to where you live. I mean extremely. It's a small family run place serving homey Korean food.

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                Buddha BBeeQ
                1750 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  I love Buddha BBeeQ and have posted on it in another thread. I hope everyone keeps going there to keep it open behind the 2nd ave. mess. But I was hoping for more suggestions (can't eat there every night after all).

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                  Buddha BBeeQ
                  1750 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                  1. re: mrken

                    There's a new-ish falafel place near you also - called Pita Off The Corner It's on 1st Ave between 91 - 92. Good falafel, good humus, very casual - you get your food at a counter but there are tables.

                    Also have you been going to San Matteo, on the corner of 90th & 2nd? Plenty of veggie options there and the food is quite good (especially the pizza). And it's a charming little place. Incredibly nice people and very accomodating.

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                    San Matteo
                    1739 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                    1. re: gutsofsteel

                      The eggplant parm at San Matteo is the best I've had anywhere in the hood. It's an appetizer but would be a perfect lunch portion.

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                      San Matteo
                      1739 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

            2. I typed this and later realized, you were looking for something near Hunter. Tried to delete, but couldn't... I like Mamoun's falafel, humus, & tabouli. All under $3.00. I usually go to the one on Macdougal. I especially like their hot sauce to go with it.

              1. Melange Food Fair on 1st Ave between 68th and 69th. A bunch of good take-out middle eastern stuff, nice folks, reasonably priced. Huge plates of baklava and other desserts in the window to lure you in.

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                1. re: visciole

                  +1 for Melange. People are so nice there. Also, at le pain quotidien right across the street, I would often get a really good organic steel cut oatmeal for breakfast - that would be in your budget.