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The Top Five Cheap Eats in New York City

You don't have to spend a fortune to find delicious food in the Big Apple. Here are some of the best inexpensive places to grab a bite in New York City.

Pizza Pie from 2 Bros Pizza

It is no secret that New York City can be an expensive city to live in or visit. But if you know where to look, there are definitely bargains to be found. With that in mind, from $1 pizza slices to $5 Vietnamese sandwiches, here are the best cheap eats in New York City.

1. $1 Slice from 2 Bros Pizza

There are a ton of $1 slice pizzerias in New York City these days but the best is still 2 Bros Pizza. They have locations across the city and the slice has always a nice chewy crust, tasty sauce and lots of cheese. It basically has everything you could possibly want from a slice of pizza! Two slices and a can of soda will only set you back $2.75. You can't find a lunch anywhere else (especially in Midtown) for that price.


32 St. Marks Place, New York, NY

(212) 777-0600


2. $1.25 Dumplings from Tasty Dumpling

New York City has its fair amount of dumpling shops that are reasonably priced. Our recommendation, as the name implies is tasty and you will find some of the best pan fried dumplings that Chinatown has to offer. Tasty Dumpling is popular local hotspot and in fact, it is one of the most popular spots on our food tour. On an average day, you can find students, businessmen and women, locals, visitors etc. all waiting on line for some dumplings. For only $2, their pancake with beef is also a great deal.


42 Mulberry St, New York, New York, NY

(212) 349-0070

3. $5 House Special Sandwich from Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli

There is a tiny sandwich shop on the outskirts of Chinatown called the Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli and their $5 house special sandwich is an absolute steal! It is has three kinds of pork and vegetables. It is just loaded with flavor.


369 Broome St, New York, NY


4. $5.75 Chicken over Rice from Rafiqi's

Chicken over rice from Halal street cart food stands have become a staple in New York City cuisine and the most famous of them are probably The Halal Guys but our favorite is actually Rafiqi's. You have more choices of vegetables and their platter is simply a good delicious, hearty lunch that won't break the bank. You can't beat that!


44th St and 5th Ave, New York, NY

5. $3.50 Falafel Sandwich from Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant

Finally, you can find the best falafel (a patty of ground chickpeas and fava beans fried to perfection) at Mamoun’s Falafel Restaurant. Their falafel pops with delicious Middle Eastern flavor. For a few bucks more a platter is also a good buy.


119 MacDougal St, New York, NY

(212) 674-8685


About Alana Hoye

Alana Hoye Barnaba is the founder of Ahoy New York Tours and Tasting, a fun foodie adventure that explores two fascinating neighborhoods, Chinatown and Little Italy. Taste the best mozzarella from the oldest Italian cheese shop in America, learn about the original egg roll and much more!


Published November 10th, 2014