A fashion world favorite and tourist hub, SoHo isn’t exactly known for being budget-friendly. The Manhattan neighborhood is home to many upscale eateries and, surprisingly, to a number of cheap dining destinations. Just in time for 12 o’clock, here are the best affordable lunch spots in SoHo, New York City.
Diner, Asian, $$$
Asian fare is made accessible at Mooncake Foods
, a fusion joint specializing in what it calls “fun casual Asian comfort food.” The self-described “cheap eats” SoHo hot spot cooks up Vietnamese meatball heroes, tuna burgers with wasabi mayo, grilled chicken wings with soy and spices, and, in the process, something entirely original.
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
For when the neighborhood’s hipster coffee shops just won’t cut it, count on Fanelli Cafe
to hit the spot. Since 1847, Fanelli’s has been the local’s pick for down-to-earth snacking in SoHo. At this dive bar-cum-diner, tourists and locals alike dig into charred burgers, all-day breakfast, and strong drinks, including beers and Bloody Marys.
, a small space packing huge flavor, is the SoHo insider’s (and the off-duty taxi driver’s) premier pick for Indian and Pakistani home cooking. At this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it eatery, you’ll find biryani, samosas, an assortment of curries, and Lahore’s fan-favorite chai, all for under $10. Tip: Make Lahore an early daytime destination, as the counter is known to sell out of its more popular menu options.
Canal Street Market
Market, Asian, Contemporary, $$$
Chinatown food, SoHo style is what’s on the menu at Canal Street Market
. The self-described “new kind of street market” offers the boba, Asian barbecue takeaway, and hand rolls you know and love in a fashion-forward setting you haven’t experienced before.
While Soup Kiosk
itself is small, there’s no missing its line. Local lunch-breakers flock to this compact kiosk selling freshly squeezed juices and homemade soups for under $7. Accompanied by your choice of bread or crackers, soups such as Moroccan lamb stew, vegetarian chili, and chicken noodle make for a satisfying (and highly sought-after) SoHo lunch.
Greengrocer, Tapas, Spanish, $$$
for your office’s next lunch outing. At this tapas café situated inside a specialty Spanish grocer, the best of Spain’s hams, cheeses, and wines travel straight from the store’s shelves to your plate. Sandwiches, tortillas, and Basque-style small plates are just a sampling of the offerings at this informal—and unforgettable—SoHo haunt.
Sandwich Shop, Italian, $$$
For the best sandwiches in SoHo, look no further than Alidoro
. Here, Italian sandwiches featuring prosciutto, soppressata, fresh mozzarella, and much more come huge, cheap, and, if you believe what you read on Yelp, with a little bit of attitude—just how New Yorkers like it.
Smile To Go
At Smile To Go
, fast food that won’t slow you down is what’s for lunch. The casual counterpart of NoHo’s popular The Smile, this downtown destination serves the same healthy, Mediterranean-inspired fare at more wallet-friendly prices. With menu items such as steel-cut coconut milk oatmeal, Israeli couscous,
and Manouri cheese, pear, and truffle oil sandwiches, achieving your health goals has never been so easy or tasted this good.