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Best Budget Bites in New York City

by Katie Skrzek

Apr 14, 2016

Gray’s Papaya, New York City © Vivian Nguyen | Flickr

Tips / Destination

New York City’s ever-evolving culinary scene offers something for every budget. Being on a budget shouldn’t mean you don’t enjoy flavorful food. Check out one of these classic New York spots for the city’s best cheap eats.

 

Vanessa’s Dumpling House

With locations in Chinatown, Union Square and Williamsburg, this dumpling shop serves up enticing noodles and dumplings at even more enticing prices — the most expensive item on the menu is $6. Try the pork-fried buns. An order of three costs $1.25.

 

Fish

Seafood lovers, try Fish for a great raw bar deal. Order either six blue point oysters or six clams and a drink (a Pabst Blue Ribbon, glass of Chardonnay or glass of Merlot) for $9.

 

Gray’s Papaya

A New York City institution, the hot dog shop is known for their “recession special.” At $6, the meal includes two hot dogs and a drink. Sauerkraut and onions are free. Gray’s Papaya is open 24 hours.

 

Mamoun’s Falafel

This popular falafel restaurant has two locations in Manhattan, plus other storefronts in New Jersey. Enjoy a falafel sandwich for $3.50. If you’re really hungry, order a sandwich plate, with double the amount of sandwich plus a salad for $6.

 

Joe’s Pizza

For a classic New York slice, stop by New York City favorite Joe’s Pizza. A plain slice costs $2.75.

 

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