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Jul 31, 2011 08:52 AM

NYC weekend - College Budget Edition

My friend and I will be visiting NYC next weekend. We've both been to NYC - I used to live there - and would like to steer clear of tourist traps.

In addition we're now both unemployed, recent college grads; we're foodies (one of us is a vegetarian, but will eat meat on a "cultural experience basis") - we love ethnic food - but on a very tight budget.

We've combed through the obvious cheap eats columns, but a lot of them are all over the outer boroughs, and many are not even that cheap (we'd prefer most meals under $10pp, maybe one around $20 - yes we know, this is difficult). Can you chowhounds give us some recommendations?

We'll be staying in morningside heights, which we know is not a culinary wonderland by any means - obviously we'll be spending a lot of time downtown.

We also wanted to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and get pizza. Grimaldi's is obviously an option, but we'd like something a little better that isn't a total shlep across Brooklyn. We thought about Lucali's but it's twice the price of Grimaldi's! Suggestions?

Thanks all!

47 W 20th St, New York, NY 10010

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  1. For Brooklyn pizza suggestions, you'll need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.

    If you're looking for eats more in the $10 range, take a peek at Real Cheap Eats. Everything on this page is under $10.

    Also have you looked at Midtown Lunch? Nothing is ever over $10, and they have a downtown and Flatiron section as well.

    Last year's reader's poll picks:

    Flatiron Lunch archives

    Downtown archives

    BTW I hope you like Chinatown:

    IMO it is better to start on the Brooklyn side of the bridge, and walk back to Manhattan, and eat a cheap lunch/dinner in Chinatown. Then go do Motorino's $12 salad and lunch deal on a weekday. Another option is Keste's $6 lunchtime special (to go only). You can try two of the best and most popular pizzerias in town and stay in your price range, if you go for lunch.

    As for other non-pizza options, you'll probably want to look into:
    Fried dumplings
    Banh mi [note: I had the winner the other day and while it was good, I wasn't a huge fan of the pork floss in there
    ]Arepas at Caracas Arepas Bar or other
    Falafel at Taim, Azuri, etc.
    Hot dogs at Crif Dogs - I'm a fan of the Deragon dog

    222 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014

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

    Azuri Cafe
    465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

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

    Keste Pizza & Vino
    271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003