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Cheap Dining in New York City by:Evvie Meier

Cheap Dining in New York City by:Evvie Meier

New York City is well known for its culinary dichotomy between notoriously overpriced dining and shockingly cheap eats

. While the Big Apple certainly has no shortage of quick pizza shops and street carts, those on a NYC vacation might find these joints to be a bit hit-or-miss. Pooling the wisdom of locals, this cheap NYC food list identifies some low-price gems that one might not naturally stumble upon while traveling to New York. For diners more concerned with a low price tag and great taste, these cheap New York City dining ideas may offer the perfect bite.

NY Dosas Cart, Washington Square

This NYU quick eats staple offers authentic Indian meals that are 100% vegan and all for under $10. Located at Washington Square at Sullivan Street, the cart's signature dish is its dosa, a south Indian rice crepe filled with potatoes, vegetables, and spices. Additional highlights are the samosas and flavorful chutneys. This popular cart can attract the crowd; the line is made enjoyable by the delightful vendor, Thiru "Dosa Man" Kumar, a well known character throughout Manhattan.

Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery, East VillageCheap Dining in New York City by:Evvie Meier

This standing-only New York City pizza joint is a hit with locals, celebrities, and late-night crowds. Offering a twist on the idolized New York pizza slice, Artichoke's signature dish is a deep crusted artichoke pie, a rich combination of pizza and artichoke deep that can have has many devout followers. For diners with a more traditional pizza palette, the Sicilian and the Crab slice also elicit rave reviews. Archioke is known for its long lines and standing-room only dining style; wise customers enjoy a beer while in line and carry their pizza to Union Square to enjoy. Slices are less than $4 each.

Tehuitzingo Deli Grocery, Hells Kitchen

If your trip to New York City brings you to Hells Kitchen with an appetite, check out this well-disguised cheap eatery tucked in the back of a traditional bodega. Weave through the compact store's Mexican produce to the back window for cheap and authentic tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. Most of these cheap Mexican treats are under $3.


For the ultimate quick and tasty cheap New York City food, Chinatown's famous Pork Buns are a safe bet. Walk into any of Chinatown's many bakeries or dim sum parlors for Cha siu baau, or a pork bun, a savory pastry filled with pork or a variety of fillings, all for less than $1. While New Yorkers dispute the best venue for this tasty Big Apple treat, with at least one traditional Chinese bakery per block, visitors to Chinatown won't struggle to find ample options.

About the author

Evvie Meier is the Marketing Manager at, a leading travel meta-search engine. Trax performs comprehensive and unbiased searches of airfare, hotels, and cars, from more than 200 travel company suppliers. Find the cheapest and most extensive travel options available at
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