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May 3, 2011 11:23 AM

College Student Budget Friendly Food Specials?

Anyone have any good personal recommendations for specials around town that are around.

The few that I have been abusing are as follows, but I know there has to be more!

Gyu-Kaku's 50% off meats happy hour
East 55 - $12 shabu shabu on weekends
Indian lunch buffets.

I'm not looking for amazing food, but something that will satisfy the stomach with good value.


805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

East Japanese Restaurant
253 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Dude go to Chinatown and stuff yourself with char siu and roast duck at JM Family Noodle, plus they have all you can drink tea and its so cheap they're practically giving it away

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    1. re: AubWah

      Yeah I regularly go to Chinatown, meals come out to <$20 (for 2) which is awesome.

      I'm looking more along the lines of somewhat nicer restaurants that may have weekly/daily specials and such, kind of like the ones above.

      1. re: JBG89

        Arte Cafe on West 73rd Street has a well-priced early bird prix-fixe deal, especially if you avoid the supplements:

        Arte Cafe
        106 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

    2. Essex Restaurant has an $18 lobster special on Wednesdays, with half-price drinks 'til 9. I was there recently for the 8,000,000th time and can report that it's still a fine meal at a fair price. So there's your fancy cheap midweek date night dinner. Bonus: good bread.

      120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: small h


        Any more recommendations would be great!