Best Cheap Places to Eat in NYC

December 17, 2018 0 0

The best cheap eats in NYC aren’t hard to find. After all, New York City isn’t known for being affordable – but as these restaurants prove, going out to eat doesn’t have to break the bank. The city has plenty of affordable options for whatever you’re craving. So, fill your stomach without emptying your wallet with our list of the best cheap eats in NYC.

Name Location Description
Papaya King (American) 179 East 86th St. New York, NY 10028 Papaya King’s loaded hot dogs are guaranteed to fill you up. They’ve got plenty of toppings to choose from, like chili, sauerkraut, and sautéed onions. Complete your meal with one of their tropical drinks, juices, or smoothies.
Mighty Quinn’s (Barbecue) 225 Liberty St. New York, NY 10281 Mighty Quinn’s classic barbecue menu brings a taste of the South up North. Try the burnt ends or pulled pork with a side of sweet potato casserole for an authentic southern-style meal in NYC.
Pisillo Italian Panini (Italian) 97 Nassau St. New York, NY 10038 It’s fast food… but only because your order is ready in minutes. Here, you’ll find fresh Italian flavors that are perfect for lunch or a bite on the go.
LOS TACOS No. 1 (Mexican) 75 9th Ave. New York, NY 10011 Tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and mulas: LOS TACOS calls themselves #1 for a reason. For just a few bucks per taco, they provide an ideal spot to satisfy your taco Tuesday cravings.
Patsy’s Pizza (Italian) 2287 1st Ave. New York, NY 10035 Patsy’s thin crust, coal-oven pies are the real deal. Customize your order with a variety of delicious toppings, like portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh garlic, or choose from one of their specialty pies (we recommend the Bianca). Just be sure to bring dinero, since this is a cash-only spot.
Baohaus (Taiwanese) 238 E. 14th St. New York, NY 10003 If you’ve never had bao, you need to try these savory Taiwanese buns ASAP! Baohouse serves all different kinds of options including pork belly, fried chicken, tofu, and fish buns. Don’t forget your side of taro fries!
Sons of Thunder (Hawaiian) 204 E 38th St. New York, NY 10016


Sons of Thunder’s poke bowls taste just as good as they look (and trust us, these bowls are super Instagram-worthy). This fast food spot brings fresh Hawaiian-inspired flavors to you from two locations, in Murray Hill and the Financial District.
Gurra Cafe (Mediterranean) 2325 Arthur Ave. Bronx, NY 10458 Gurra Cafe is popular among the Albanian community for its home-style, Mediterranean cooking.  Unsure about what to get? Go for the combination to get a taste of everything.
Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings (Asian) 179 2nd Ave. New York, NY 10003 Everything at Mimi Cheng’s is prepared fresh using locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients. Try the chicken parm dumplings for a unique take on this classic staple. Their menu also features flavorful options for vegan and vegetarian customers.
Ramen Shack (Asian) 13-13 40th Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 Think twice before boiling that water for your ramen. At Ramen Shack, you can choose from a variety of specialty ramen bowls and burgers with ramen buns.



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Ciara Corcoran

Assistant Editor Ciara is a DC native and East Coast roamer with degrees in both English Professional Writing and Drama & Theatre Studies from Elon University. She's written for a variety of publications including Highway 64, Travel Writing at Elon, and Odyssey. More of her work can be found at

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