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Dec 28, 2010 11:58 AM

Will be attending NYU in fall and need some good, cheap eats, comrades!

I'm creating a list of restaurants and various eateries to hit up next year when I'm at NYU. Please offer me your insight on yummy, inexpensive spots in and around Greenwich Village/NYU.

If you have any further recommendations, I love Mexican, Afghan, and Greek food. Italian goes without know what, this isn't working, I like all types of food :D

Thank you kindly, fellow New Yorkers!

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      1. re: mulligatawny

        I practically lived there when I moved to the city after college. You can go vegan or get a shwarma and get meat.

        But one word of advice, skip the $0.99 pizza. Its bad, really bad.
        Two other words:
        Benny's burritos

        Three other words:
        Down the hatch-happy hour and wings! (its a rite of passage)!

        1. re: AdamD

          Mamoun's for falafel, not a fan of their shawarma.
          Artichoke just opened up in the area, I really enjoy their Sicilian slices.
          Pluck U chicken wings are a guilty pleasure.
          Dos Toros has good, fresh tasting burritos more Cal-Mex than authentic Mexican.
          Khyber Pass is a bit of a walk but nearby in the east village for Afghan food.
          On 6th ave, there's the El Idolo truck for Mexican or Sammy's Halal cart for yummy chicken and rice both are inexpensive options.

          Happy eating!

          Khyber Pass
          34 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Pluck U
          230 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

          El Idolo
          W 14th St and 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          Dos Toros
          137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: deabot

            I've heard good things about Artichoke..
            I will definitely have to check out Khyber Pass. Thanks so much deabot!

            Khyber Pass
            34 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: deabot

              Dos Toros es muy mediocre. You might have to leave the neighborhood or the borough to get good Mex.

              Dos Toros
              137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

      2. If you're not coming here until the fall, a lot of the places you're noting for next year might close -- the NYC restaurant scene moves fast, especially with food carts/trucks. Also Time Out NY updates their "cheap eats" list every summer so watch out for the 2011 version.

        Some links that might help your explorations:

        Please help me eat during a month in New York - some of the nouveau cheap eats around town

        Don't leave NY without eating these foods - focused on the more iconic NYC foods

        For cheap eats, try out some street food -- lots of interesting ethnic here that you might not find at home:

        I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour as a way to do some of the iconic NYC foods, just sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:

        Best cheap eats in New York City
        Everything under $10!

        cheap eats west 90s

        Cheap Eats NYC Trip Report

        Looking for Best Cheap Eats in Manhattan

        Cheap-eats food itinerary for 4 days in Manhattan?

        Best street food

        Need recession reco's for East Village!

        $10 or less for delicious lunches

        Where 25 people can eat dinner for $12 each in Manhattan

        Current Favorite Dish/Item for Less than $10?

        $10 and under, family friendly, Fresh, Good, Clean, and worth leaving the Outer Boroughs for?

        More Cheap Eats, but cheap for college kids?

        cheap eats tour of greenwich/ west village--ideas?

        Pickle Guys
        49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: mulligatawny

            theres a taco truck parked right next to the christopher st subway stop- its awesome. go there.

            and taim off 7th ave really isnt that far from nyu's campus- it's well worth the walk

            1. re: InSearchOfTacos

              thanks- i see you are a fan of tacos InSearchofTacos, I will trust your advice then!

              1. re: mulligatawny

                i do love tacos :) and these arent amazing or anything- but they are satisfying cheap eats in the west village

              2. re: InSearchOfTacos

                Taim is definitely worth the walk out of Washington Square. How Mamoun's is so popular boggles my mind -- I can only imagine it's the price, because it's certainly not the dry falafel.

                1. re: InSearchOfTacos

                  I walk past all the time and wonder how the tacos are -- it's the truck in front of the Chase, right? South side of West 4th, east side of 7th Ave?

                  What do you like there?

                  1. re: kathryn

                    It's been a while since I've visited the El Angelo truck, but I remember their chorizo tortas being very good. They also have cemitas.

            2. This is probably on one of kathryn's links, but I loved the dosa cart on the south side of Washington Square Park, right across from the old law school building. They were just as good as ever last time I tried a masala dosa. My other recommendations may be a little stale - I haven't spent much time around NYU in a few years - but here are a few more:

              I used to also like the crepes (and wine) at Shade Bar on W 3rd.

              The Belgian beer place (can't remember the name) on W 4th used to have tasty frites.

              I will always have a soft spot for Red Bamboo - entirely vegetarian and largely fake meat place. That creole soul chicken and the faux wings are favorites.

              Sandwich Shop(pe?) on Greenwich is a short walk away for pretty good sandwiches.

              Red Bamboo
              140 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

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              1. re: Olive123

                The Belgian Beer place is called Vol de Nuit and they do have tasty fries.

                Vol de Nuit
                148 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

                1. re: Olive123

                  red bamboo is looking especially appealing since i'm trying to go veg. i'll do it.. eventually.
                  thanks Olive123

                2. You lucky s.o.b.....ok, well, you've definitely got to hit up Corner Bistro at least once a week for bacon cheeseburgers and cheap beer (there Ale is $1 a mug i believe). You can get Awesome Bahn Mi Sandwiches at Baoguette Cafe (on St. Marks Pl) - if you've never had Bahn Mi - run don't walk - i prefer the Pork or Catfish Sandwich, but they're all good and cheap. And, of course, Pizza from Joe's. I'd keep these 3 places in your rotation for sure. Have fun man, time of your life.

                  Corner Bistro
                  331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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                  1. re: jdross19

                    thanks jdross!
                    that sounds like a good deal, and I think I've been to Joe's on a visit, it's right by that great gelato place, Grom right? - I agree, amazing pizza!

                    Thanks, I can't wait!

                    233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                  2. Welcome to New York. Get yourself acquainted with Crif Dogs quick. Some of the best (and most creative) hot dogs in the city, they're all you'll need for your drunken freshman year late-night snack attacks.


                    Crif Dogs
                    113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009