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Feb 10, 2011 07:56 AM

Any hot new cheap food recommends?

hi all,

I am going to stay in NYC for about 3 Weeks. For the fact that I have a "rather" limited budget I would be really pleased to get some cheap food recommends from you.
Here are the hard facts:
- I am staying in a place near queensborough plaza in Long Island City
-I am planning to cruise many many places so I don't really care about the adress of recommendations
-I am mostly interested in take out places - something to get quick during an very intensive day of sightseeing and so one
-My food favourites are classic burger stuff, sweets and japanese.

Above all: It has to be cheap!!!! So please mention whatever comes to your mind when you think about cheap food around NYC.

I would be really greatfull to get some information from you!

best wishes,

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  1. Hummus Place--handful of them around the city. LIke $8 for a combo.

    1. Gray's Papaya has always been a very good quick fix for me. Really good grilled Sabrette's. There's one on W.72nd & Bwy, W. 37th & 8th Ave, and Avenue of the Americas (aka 6th Ave.) & W. 8th Street. New Wonton Garden on 56 Mott St. in Chinatown has some of the best beef stew and curry beef stew in the City. Being that staying in LIC, you're practically sitting next to the Three Roads to Great Food: Northern Blvd going into Chinatown & Koreatown/Flushing, 21st Street (north bound) going into Astoria for Greek and the Pulaski Bridge/McGuiness Blvd going into Greenpoint & Williamsburg for Polish, Spanish and a ton of "Hipster" joints. All along those roads there will be a very generous mix of inexpensive places which do take-out as a habit. New York is your oyster, buddy.

      Gray's Papaya
      539 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

      1. For Long Island City you need to post to the Outer Boroughs boards. Since this is the Manhattan board, we'll need to limit our recommendations to Manhattan.

        Any particular destinations on your sightseeing itinerary?

        Since you'll be here for three weeks, can you squeeze some sit down restaurants in? For ones especially in Chinatown, you can be in and out rather quickly. If you can spare an hour, there's a wealth of possibilities: Old Sichuan, Famous Sichuan, Shanghai Cafe, Noodle Village, Great NY Noodletown.

        Check out also the Midtown Lunch (midtownlunch.com) site.

        I can't really think of that many great burger places aside from Shake Shack that are good on the go.

        For Japanese, you could always try some of the noodles shops like Ippudo or Soba Ya, a Japanese bakery like Cafe Zaiya, or go to Otafuku? OMS/B ?

        Here's an awesome cheap eats report from someone who visited a few months ago:

        Don't leave NY without eating these foods -- most of these are cheap to begin with

        Pizza in NYC -- the classic NY slice (gas oven) is typically cheap, however the Naples inspired sit down restaurants are the ones really flourishing these days, but they're not super expensive either

        Street food is typically pretty cheap as well and fits your "on the go" request:

        BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:

        Time Out has a great cheap eats guide:

        Snacks in the City

        Here are some self-guided walking tour discussions -- most of the options mentioned are inexpensive.

        Dessert Tour of the West Side

        How about RGR's self-guided Lower East Side Gustatory Tour? But note that Guss' has moved, do Pickle Guys instead:

        Loved RGR's LES food tour - now what?

        East 7th Street Tour: Porchetta, Butter Lane, Luke's Lobster, Caracas Arepa Bar

        Cold weather LES/EV food tour tips

        Create your own walking tour

        MMRuth's list isn't a tour - but it hits some of the good spots in the Village/Soho:

        Looking for RGR-type LES "Tour" with Asian Emphasis

        NYC Food Gluttony Tour

        Chocolate Obsession Tour recomendations please

        Looking for best places for breakfast pastries and strong coffee

        sweets tour of manhattan

        your favorite desserts that make you fly like scooby doo

        Sweet Tooth Heaven

        Pickle Guys
        49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

        Noodle Village
        13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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

        Cafe Zaiya
        18 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

        236 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

        65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Famous Sichuan
        10 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

        110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        Butter Lane
        123 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        Luke's Lobster
        93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        Old Sichuan
        65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: kathryn

          Extremely excellent post kathryn!!!! Kudo to you!

        2. Falafel from Taïm. Super cheap, totally delicious.

          1. i'm sure you'll find these listed in some of the links that Kathryn provided, but pay special attention to Caracas, This Little Piggy, Vanessa's Dumplings, Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwich, and Hyo Dong Gak.

            Caracas is a favorite, regardless of the cost. They could double the charge and i'd still line up. absolutely love it. these aren't your street fair arepas. gotta try it.

            This Little Piggy has its fans and haters. I'm the former. It's big, messy, salty and wouldn't please your mother to know you're eating it.

            Vanessa's Dumplings on Eldridge is one of the 5/$1 dumpling spots. the dumplings are serviceable, at best, but the scallion pancake can warm your belly for $1 on even the coldest day.

            Nicky's...just go. no questions asked. bring $10...order the pork sandwich and go home with $5 still in your pocket (or have another).

            Hyo Dong Gak - don't know if it's ever mentioned on the board, but they do a decent Chinese-Korean menu. black noodle dishes are priced somewhere around $7. ask for uni jah jahn and extra napkins.

            i'm also gonna include East, the sushi place on 3rd Ave and 25th (or so). it's far from the best sushi in New York, but it's fairly priced. it's very americanized (do they serve Mexican rolls in Japan?), but i enjoy sitting at the conveyor belt bar and watching as my tuna avocado turns the corner.

            Hyo Dong Gak
            51 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

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            1. re: coasts

              Thanks all for that amazing amount of information!!!! I have just started looking through it and already found a lot of great places I didn't knew yet. I posted my question on the Manhattan Board because I couldn't decide where to post it. Sorry for that.

              1. re: sabrina m.

                cheap food? manhattan? i wouldnt leave chinatown except for the 96th and broadway taco truck

                1. re: AubWah

                  Aw, Aub, you know that's not true. We have so many great options for $10 or less.