New York is a city of many nations in that there are probably more nations represented in the dining options of New York than any other city in the world. You can find wonderful food options that represent these many nations and won’t smash your wallet. Dining on the cheap in New York City isn’t nearly as hard as you may thing it is.
Falafel restaurants and eatery are the first places I can recommend. This may very well be the best falafel shop in New York City. If you’ve never tried falafel you are definitely in for a tasty treat. Falafel is essentially a ball of veggies and spices that has been fried and placed into a pita along with tomato, hummus, lettuce, and yogurt.
Gray’s Papaya, a thing of the past, used to offer the best hot dogs in the city, particularly when you consider the fact that it is hard to mess up hot dogs, especially when that’s all you do for the price. The price in fact is what keeps packing the customers in by the herd. Where else in New York can you get two hot dogs and a drink for two dollars? Not anymore though. The decor and atmosphere used to be about what you’d expect in a restaurant that charged two bucks for the average meal and don’t expect a Jimmy Buffet type of atmosphere with umbrella drinks and neon colors.
For hoagies of heroic or would that be epic proportions you really must try Tony Luke’s. The decor is simple and the service is quick. You won’t find a huge menu or massive variety of specialty breads or carb friendly diet options here (there are some items but not a massive selection). The food is good and the price is right making this one of the best cheap places to eat in the city.
Whether you refer to it as southern fare or soul food, the Soul Spot has it going on. They offer many of the traditional Sunday dinner types of foods such as fried catfish, fried chicken, and vegetables dripping in ‘drippings’ for those willing to risk the impending heart attack. This food is certainly and fabulous example of the culinary delights one would experience in the south while also being offered at a price that is comparable to what you would pay on a Mississippi Sunday afternoon. They do offer a lunch menu that is a little bit less expensive than the dinner menu and either offers a great value for the money.
Schnack is another institution of inexpensive dining excellence in the great big city of New York. Be assured however that you also have other choices if the cheap little burgers aren’t really your thing. If you make it in before 5 PM you can have eggs almost anyway you can think of having them and if you have the time and the room you really should try Harry’s Famous Warm Chocolate and Banana Bread Pudding.
If you know where to look you can not only find cheap entertainment but also cheap food. You can enjoy the best that New York City has to offer without breaking your budget. And cheap isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Oh and by the way, here I found an access to a $100 McDonald’s gift card.