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The 9 Best Cheap Eats in New York City
The 9 Best Cheap Eats in New York City

Victoria Randall

The 9 Best Cheap Eats in New York City

We all know that taking a trip to New York City can be outrageously expensive. Cut back some of your costs while still getting a taste of authentic flavors from all parts of the world with this guide to the best cheap eats in NYC.halal

The Halal Guys

Several Locations

You can smell this food truck from a mile away. For $7 a plate you can fill up on delicious halal food. It’s quick, easy and delicious. Try the chicken platter with extra white sauce. There are several locations all over the city, visit their website to find one near you.

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Los Tacos No. 1

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Located in Chelsea Market, this place serves up some of the best inexpensive tacos in NYC. You can never go wrong with homemade tortillas, perfectly cooked and marinated meats, and fresh salsa.


Cheeky Sandwiches

35 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

This hidden gem offers some of the greatest soul food right in the heart of the city. For 10$ you can get a tasty sandwich ranging from fried chicken with gravy on a biscuit to a dressed shrimp po’boy. Don’t forget to finish off your meal with some of their famous beignets.


Caracas Arepa Bar

91 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

If you haven’t had an arepa do yourself a favor and take a visit to Carcas Arepa Bar. You might be wondering “what is an arepa”? An arepa is a corn bun that is stuffed with marinated meats, beans, cheeses, and veggies. Big on flavor and easy on your wallet, head down to East Village for a taste of this authentic Venezuelan cuisine.


Gaia Italian Café

251 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Most Italian restaurants in the NYC area are can be very pricey, but lo and behold this little café offer tons of affordable homemade Italian dishes that will make your mouth water. For around $10 you can enjoy classic Italian dishes such as meat lasagna or if you’re feeling daring try something out of the ordinary like potatoes and meatballs.


Xi’an Famous Foods

Several Locations

This restaurant was named after the city Xi’an in the northwestern region of China. The cuisine here mocks the flavors of China and the Middle East. Popular menu items include the “biang biang” noodles seared in hot oil or jalapeno lamb burgers which are all priced between $5-$10.



83 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

American food with a twist is the perfect way to describe the food at Breakroom. Burgers and fries are loaded with pork belly, over easy eggs, and jalapenos while the tacos are filled with cheesesteak or tempura battered fish. Fill up on one of these delicious meals for only $7.

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Prince Street Pizza

27 Prince St A, New York, NY 10012

This is New York pizza at its finest, in fact, many coin it as the best pizza in the city. From the fresh pepperoni to the gooey cheese, one slice will have you coming back for more the next time you’re in the city.

taim falafel


Several Locations

This vegetarian restaurant serves Mediterranean inspired dishes that average about $10 a plate. Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, Taim offers something light and healthy that will please anybody’s taste buds. Their famous falafel will have you hooked after the first bite.


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