The Best Cheap Eats in NYC

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So you’re planning a trip to NYC and you  want to eat all of the best meal without returning home penniless? This guide will be your friend, with a list of 10 of the best cheap eats in NYC. The spots on this list are sure to keep you (and your wallet) happy, with a meals under $10. 

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1. Souvlaki GR 

Transport yourself to Greece in the heart of NYC’s Lower East Side. This spot might be affordable, but it isn’t lacking on ambiance and decor. Perfect for a casual date night. 

Cost: Order one of the pitas, with an option of Tzatziki or Spicy Feta. Pitas range from $6.50 to 9.75.

Address: 116 Stanton Street 


2. 88 Lan Zhou Handmade Noodles

If you’re in the mood for a big plate of steaming dumplings, then this is the spot for you. The place could use a bit more ambience, but it’s hard to beat the price and quality. This is a cash-only establishment so make sure to hit the ATM before sitting down to dine. 

Cost: $4 for a plate of steamed or fried pork dumplings 

Address: 40 Bowery 

Plate of dumplings from Chinatown, NY

3. Joe’s Pizza 

No cheap eats in NYC guide could be complete without a pizzeria. Joe’s is a classic NYC haunt, with locations all over the city including the West Village, Gramercy Park, and Williamsburg. 

Cost: $3 for a classic “plain” slice or $3.50 for a Sicilian slice 

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4. Napoli’s Pizza and Pasta 

This mom and pop Italian shop is more than worth the trek “all the way to Astoria”. With all of the classic Italian dishes ringing in at under $10, this is a prime example of one of the best cheap eats in NYC.

Cost: All of pasta dishes stick to the $10 and under budget, with many of their main dishes making the cut as well. Do yourself a favor and order the Chicken Parmagiana ($9.95), the Spagetti Aglio e Olio ($7.50), and the Penne alla Vodka ($7.95). 

Address: 33-02 35th Ave, Astoria, NY


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5. Tortaria 

This tiny spot near Union Square is famous for their fast service and strong margaritas. The margaritas might tip you over your budget, but there are plenty of affordable and filling dinner options. Be sure to snap an Instagram worthy shot outside. 

Cost: $10 for a Milanesa de Pollo Torta, among other delicious options 

Address: 94 University Place 


6. Thailand Cafe 

Delicious Thai food in the heart of the East Village. Come during the summer months and snag a seat by the open doors. Linger a bit and enjoy their $6 cocktail happy hour, available on weekends as well. 

Cost: $10 lunch special entrees with classics like Pad Thai, Cashew Nut Stir Fry, and a variety of curries. 

Address: 95 2nd Ave 


7. Saigon Shack 

Right in the hustle and bustle of West Village’s Macdougal Street. This Vietnamese eatery is always busy, with servers dishing out endless banh mi and steaming bowls of pho. 

Cost: The classic pho just makes the $10 budget cut, at $9.95 a bowl. The classic banh mi is a steal at $5, but the lemongrass chicken banh mi priced at $9 is a delicious option as well. 

Address: 114 Macdougal Street 


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8. Taqueria St Marks Place 

Located on NYC’s famous St Marks Place, Taqueria is a fun option for a casual date or group dinner before a night out. 

Cost: $3.50 per taco and quesadillas starting at $4.95

Address: 79 St Marks Place 



9. Arepa Factory

The Arepa Factory is a perfect take-out dinner spot for a cheap, hearty meal. These delicious, Venezualan dishes are 

Cost: Just under $10 for any of their arepas. Del Corral is a favorite, with Del Campo a great alternative for vegetarians. 


10. Bombay’s 

It can be a struggle to find cheap, delicious food options down in the Financial District. Bombay’s is a great option for fueling up downtown. 

Cost: A platter of one chicken entree, one vegetarian entree (or two vegetarian entrees), and rice for $10. 


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  1. July 12, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    MMMM great list and I love that it covers so many different ethnicities, that’s VERY New York. Huge fan of arepas so I’ll have to try Arepa Factory next time I’m in town.

    • tavernatravels
      July 13, 2019 / 9:52 pm

      There are literally SO many different types of cuisines in NYC, I love it!

  2. July 12, 2019 / 7:43 pm

    The Arepa Factory has been our list forever and we never seem to make it there! Someday!!!

    • tavernatravels
      July 13, 2019 / 9:51 pm

      Omg its SO good! Definitely check it out and let me know what you think!

  3. July 12, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    I’m headed back to NYC soon on a very different budget from when I lived there so I really appreciate this helpful post!

    • tavernatravels
      July 13, 2019 / 9:49 pm

      Its always great to have great, cheap spots to hit up!

  4. Kay
    July 12, 2019 / 9:47 pm

    Food in NYC is unmatched!!! I’m drooling already – I can’t wait to go back!

    • tavernatravels
      July 13, 2019 / 9:51 pm

      You’ll have to let me know when you’re here 🙂

    • tavernatravels
      July 13, 2019 / 9:48 pm

      Thanks! There are SO many delicious places!

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