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Mar 7, 2012 06:31 AM

Best Dinner Under $30

Title says it all. If you had only $30 to your name where would you eat.

Please sit-down places only, no food carts.

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  1. If $30 is per person and includes tax and tip, I'd say the middle eastern places on Atlantic are obvious choices. But I'd rather go to Chip Shop or Hibino if I were it that area with that budget. At Hibino, you can get a set dinner (great tonkatsu) and even sneak in a beer for that amount. At Chip shop, I can get a salad, great fish & chips and a pint of ale for under $30.

    333 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Atlantic Chip Shop
    129 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: Bkeats

      Depends on where you are. If you're anywhere near Flushing, this is the best bang for the buck. Fu Run, Little Pepper, etc.... all excellent and impossible to spend more. If you're in Sunset Park, there are plenty of Mexican places on 5th Ave (Matamoros) where $30 is more than enough for a very good meal and Chinese/Vietnamese, etc on 8th Ave. abound. Yemen Cafe on Atlantic is a decent choice, as is Waterfront Ale House (pulled pork w/great beers).

      Yemen Cafe
      176 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Fu Run
      40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

      Waterfront Ale House
      155 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      Tacos Matamoros
      4508 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

      Little Pepper
      18-24 College Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11356

    2. In Brooklyn: Junior's pastrami sammich on rye, Vanilla egg cream and strawberry cheese pie for dessert.
      With tax and tip I may be pushing the $30 limit.

      386 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

      1. This is an incredibly broad question - the overwhelming majority of the time we eat out we spend less than 30 dollars per person, but that may be because our tastes run ethnic, and our budget runs hole in the wall.

        Mile end had a lamb sausage with pureed eggplant and harissa on the menu the last time i went for dinner that was just outstanding, and was probably 13 or 14 bucks.

        A pizza and salad (split) at Toby's public house is under your budget, and really crave-worthy.
        The fried chicken (and fried sweet potato, lettuce and tomato) sandwiches are very tasty and your price would leave room for a beer or two.

        As steve mentioned many many ethnic places would more than meet your price - off hand we really like (like Steve R) Matamoros, Tacos el bronco (they have a sit down location on 4th ave in addition to the truck on fifth) yunnan flavor snack would be on my list as well.

        Yunnan Flavour Snack Shop
        775 49th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        Tacos Matamoros
        4508 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        Toby's Public House
        686 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        Mile End
        97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        Tacos El Bronco
        4324 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

        Tacos El Bronco
        5th Ave 43rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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        1. re: tex.s.toast

          I'm sorry if this was broad. I guess I meant to pose it as something like: "You have $30 in your pocket and know you are going to die the next morning. Where would you go for your last meal?"

          I'm looking for people's favorites in that price range. Of course if your favorite meal costing under $30 would actually be under $20 that's fine. But I'm looking for where you would really want to spend your absolute last $30.

          For example, I know a lot of people like the Franco-Caribbean place Kaz An Nou in Prospect Heights and it looks like you could get out of there having 2 courses for under $30.

          Kaz An Nou
          53 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        2. Large order of wings (with chips and their chipotle sauce) and a Margarita at Lobo*, with dessert from Blue Marble on the next block.

          (* I know, Lobo's mexican food isn't that great. But the wings... and the red chipotle sauce they come with... sigh)

          218 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          Blue Marble Ice Cream
          196 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

          1. For $30 (including tax, no tipping) for a Plain Round pie (8 slices), I think DiFara's is last meal worthy, as long as you are sure that you have the hour to wait for it to be ready. Since 8 slices will easily serve two, if you had a dining mate, you could add a special topping like baby eggplant ($4) and even bring in an inexpensive bottle of wine and still stay under $30 pp.

            Di Fara Pizza
            1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230