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Jan 15, 2013 01:43 PM

fantastic but cheap rec's

will be in NYC this sunday and monday and looking for chow recs for fantastic but innexpensive meals. staying Times Square midtown but willing to go to soho the village chinnatown etc. very open to ethnic food, great pizza, deli sushi etc. need breakfast, lunch and dinner recs.

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  1. How cheap is cheap? I doubt you'll get great sushi for very cheap. I also find it questionable when certain items like raw fish are TOO cheap, you know?

    Do you eat spicy food?

    Some ideas:
    Mission Chinese - lunch is less crowded than dinner
    Zabb Elee
    Xian Famous Foods
    Crif Dogs
    Szechuan Gourmet
    Shake Shack
    53rd and 6th Halal cart
    Momofuku Ssam duck lunch special
    Lobster rolls at Luke's
    Vietnamese - banh mi in Chinatown, do a search! Or Num Pang
    Pretzels at Sigmund
    Sandwiches - Defonte's, Lamazou, No 7 Sub, Parm (long lines for dinner, try lunch), Faicco's
    La Churreria - Spanish sandwiches, fresh churros and dark hot chocolate (Spanish style, so no cinnamon), good lunch specials too
    Great NY Noodletown

    Regarding ethnic, definitely try a food truck or two:

    Have you considered doing a food crawl?

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:

    Maybe scoopG's self guided Chinatown tour:

    A West Village food crawl

    East Village:

    Cheap Eats You Want to Brag About:

    Have you checked out this site?

    5 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Good links for them.

      I think Ippudo, Luke's Lobster, are like a $20 lunch by the time you get done, and not the best values for that money.

      Mission Chinese would take careful ordering.

      I'll add Vanessa's dumplings downtown location as a good place to know about if you start running out of money and need to pad your stomachs.

      1. re: kathryn

        Are there any sandwiches worth you'd seek out in Chelsea/the Garment District/Hell's Kitchen/Midtown West, kathryn & sugartoof ?

            1. re: kathryn

              By the way, thanks for including the link to A Sandwich A Day.
              Was going to ask about Tunisian tuna sandwiches, and I found one at Balaboosta on Mulberry St, through the link

        1. Are there two of you? For an interesting NYC experience go to Katz's and split a nice pastrami sammich on rye, a knish and a Dr Brown soda. The sandwich is big enough for two hearty eaters to share.
          Take a stroll around the Lower East Side afterward.

          1. In Chinatown, Pho Grand on Grand St. and Old Sichuan on Bayard. Tasty and affordable!

              1. We are not poor. I just seem to always blow too much money in NYC and am trying to find the locals places that are more reasonable this time but have great food.

                6 Replies
                1. re: dining with doc

                  We locals blow too much money, too.

                  It's part of being a New Yorker.

                  1. re: Sneakeater

                    Yup!! Guilty too.
                    We do try our best to find small neighborhood places that are a good value.
                    We'll go to Nougatine when it is on someone elses expense account.

                    1. re: Motosport

                      ok where do you eat pizza, corned beef, hot dogs, breakfast, chinese, lox and bagels?

                      1. re: dining with doc

                        You still haven't given a desired budget.

                        You'll also find that the topic has been covered pretty frequently if you do a search.

                        Virtually every publication that covers food in depth runs a yearly cheap eats list of some sort.

                        1. re: dining with doc

                          Pizza: Motorino, Keste or Johns of Bleecker St
                          Corned beef: Katz's
                          Bagels and Lox: Ess-A-Bagel
                          Chinese: Wander Chinatown, so many choices

                    2. re: dining with doc

                      Pig and Khao ( thai, filipino, vietnamese, other)
                      Wong ( asian)
                      Robataya ( japanese)
                      Yokocho ( yakatori and more)
                      Porchetta ( pork) seating for about 4 people
                      Sheng ( hand pulled , or knife cut noodles)
                      Lucien ( french)
                      Nish Nush ( Yemenite falafel and hummus)
                      Georgia ( BBQ)
                      Salvation ( tacos, pig ears, sandwiches)
                      Le Petit Abeille ( burgers, mussels steak frites (Belgian)
                      Motorino ( pizza)
                      Katz's ( as mentioned above by other poster)
                      Ukrainian Home
                      Maharlika ( modern Filipino)
                      Misoya ( ramen)
                      Mary's Fish Camp ( Seafood)
                      Big Nick's ( great Burger)
                      Viet Cafe ( Vietnamese)
                      Kori ( Modern Korean)
                      Inoteca ) Italian small dishes)
                      MeatBall Shoppe ( meatballs)
                      Golden Unicorn ( dim sum)
                      Soba koh ( Japanese , soba)
                      Russ and daughters ( smoked fish,, take out)
                      Bugs ( japanese home cooking)
                      All Good Things ( sandwiches, chocolates, oysters, etc etc)