New York City is known for being pricey, but if you know where to look, it doesn’t have to be. Many of the foods that make NYC famous – like pizza, hot dogs and classic deli fare – are also some of the city’s cheapest, so there’s no reason to spend big bucks on food. Some of the best restaurants in New York are quite affordable. Here are some of the best cheap eats in the Big Apple.
Since this St Mark’s staple opened a second location in Williamsburg, its hot dogs are more accessible than ever. Known for its adventurous items, Crif Dogs tops its hand-made dogs with everything from sour cream and peanut butter to the spices that grace an everything bagel. Feeling inspired yourself? Crif Dogs also allows eaters to customize their own creations, ensuring crushed cravings every time.
Hidden inside Chelsea Market at Los Tacos No. 1 you’ll find what are often hailed as NYC’s best tacos. Given that the market caters to an upscale clientele in an upscale neighborhood, these reasonably priced cheap bites are even more beloved. All their tacos are under $5, but as we all know, it’s hard to order just one. For something more substantial go for a quesadilla, and know that you’ll be pleased with anything you order.
First opening its doors in 1971 in Greenwich Village, Mamoun’s Falafel now has numerous locations throughout New York. The simple ground-chickpea delicacy of falafel takes center stage at the outlets, which aim to be New York’s best falafel restaurants. Everything served is made from scratch using the freshest natural ingredients, finest imported spices and Mamoun’s signature recipes. As well as the famous falafel, the restaurant also offers tasty shawarmas and a selection of chicken, shish and kofta kebabs.
For a cheap sandwich that’s crazy good, head to The Kati Roll Company. If you’ve never had a kati roll, prepare to be dazzled – it’s basically an Indian wrap made with paratha bread (a buttery croissant-like flatbread) and stuffed with whatever meats, cheeses and Indian spices you could want. There’s tons to choose from on the menu, and nearly half the options are $5 or under. The first location opened in Greenwich Village in 2002, and now Kati Roll has locations throughout NYC.
This Trinidadian snack shop in Bed Stuy relocated from Nostrand Avenue around the corner to Fulton Street. Owners Geeta and Noel Brown offer a cheap yet delicious menu featuring their namesake doubles, which are small flatbreads sandwiching curry chickpea filling, tamarind and pepper sauces. Bakes are also offered here – hence the name – which consist of fillings ranging from cod to herring and shark jammed into a round roll. The menu also includes rotis with anything from goat to duck inside, as well as an array of curry.
Michael LoRé contributed additional reporting to this article.