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5 Days in NYC on a budget

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hello manhattan board!

I will be coming up from New Orleans to NYC for the new year. I'm looking for great food that wont run much over $50 for two people. I am staying in Chelsea, so recs in the neighborhood are a plus. I appreciate any feedback you have to give!

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  1. Does $50 for two people include tax, tip, wine/drinks?

    If it is $25pp for food only, you can still do pretty well, especially if you like burgers, pizza, non-Western ethnic, food trucks, etc.

    Cheap eats in Chelsea:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785528
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805336
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/812468

    Cheap eats all over town:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771039
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786608
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776251

    You may wish to consider RGR's famous self-guided eating tour of the LES:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/493333

    Note two changes: Guss's Pickles has closed, so substitute The Pickle Guys, on Essex off Grand. And the correct address for Economy Candy is 108, not 145.

    See also:
    http://newyork.timeout.com/restaurant...
    http://realcheapeats.com/nyc/

    1. For $50, without wine/beer, you could do well at Momofuku, Noodle Bar. Just went tonight and dined very well for less than $100 including drinks for 2.

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      Momofuku Noodle Bar
      171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

        The OP said - "I'm looking for great food that wont run much over $50 for two people." Spending just under $100 for 2 at Noodle Bar wouldn't do the trick.

        1. re: Bob Martinez

          As I said, you can dine at Noodle Bar for $50 for 2, sans drinks.

      2. Donatella? I've heard great things about this Neapolitan pizzeria. You should be able to eat here for $50 for 2 for sure.

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        Donatella
        184 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011