If you can afford to live in New York City you’re either so rich you’re reading this blog ironically or so poor that diving into your couch looking for change has become a regular end-of-month fixture in your apartment. Here, we’re catering to the second group.
Here’s how New Yorkers can eat like a king on the budget of a pauper.
1. Tim Ho Wan
This restaurant is so hot it’s not even open yet. Tim Ho Wan, a Michelin star restaurant from Hong Kong, recently announced it will be opening up a location in NYC this September. Dumplings and other small dishes will come in at under $5, making it one of the cheapest and best restaurants in the world.
2. Shake Shack
OK, you’ve probably tried this one. While it might seem strange to put Shake Shack in a list alongside Michelin star cuisine, this NYC-founded chain earns its spot. From its humble beginnings as a food cart in Madison Square Park, Shake Shack has grown into gourmet fast-food hotspot while maintaining its low prices. But maybe avoid this particular one though…
Multiple NYC locations including Madison Ave & E.23rd St.
3. Wilma Jean
Some of the best reviewed Southern food in New York City comes at a price that’ll have you coming back for more. Make your own menu with a huge range of sides and toppings from $1-$2.
345 Smith St.
4. Black Seed Bagels
If you’re looking for cheap eats, grabbing a bagel in the city is always a good bet. But to guarantee you’re not disappointed, head to Black Seed Bagels which is not only easy on the wallet (depending on what you order; some items are quite expensive), but also a really great place for tasty, wood-fired bagels.
170 Elizabeth St.
5. Egg Shop
You could spend a lot of money in this egg Mecca if you were so inclined; they have a menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But a great egg and cheese sandwich at Egg Shop will only set you back $7.
151 Elizabeth St.
6. Pok Pok NY
With a Michelin star under its belt, this Thai and Vietnamese spot has gone from strength to strength since its beginnings in Portland. With main courses from $9 and side dishes at just $3, this Brooklyn eatery is a must visit for food buffs whether you’re strapped for cash or not.
117 Columbia St.
7. Dos Toros Taqueria
You can’t beat a burrito or a quesadilla for some cheap grub. And you really can’t beat Dos Toros Taqueria for the perfect price-quality balance. Tacos are less than $5 with plenty of cheap extras to spice things up.
137 Fourth Ave.
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