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The Ultimate Guide To NYC Cheap Eats

Sourced from locals who know what's up. And all under $10!

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I asked the staff at our BuzzFeed offices in New York for the best cheap eats in the city — after all, ~locals~ always know best.

Here's what you've gotta try if you're looking for some delicious eats that won't wreck your budget. HAPPY EATING!


8. Noodle soup and eight pork dumplings at Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House.

Where: 85-05 Broadway, Elmhurst, Queens

Cost: The soup is $5 to $6, depending on the kind you get; dumplings are $3.75 for an order of eight.

—Jenny Chang


11. Falafel sandwich at Mamoun's.

Where: Two locations in the East Village (St. Mark's Place and MacDougal Street)

Cost: $3.50 for the sandwich (or the falafel and hummus for $4 is good, too)

"A New York classic! (And watch out for the hot sauce — one drop goes a long way.)" —Emmy Favilla


17. Or, for vegetarians, the spicy & sour spinach dumplings, chang-an spicy tofu, and spicy cucumber salad — all from Xi'an Famous Foods, too.

Where: Locations in Chinatown, the East Village, Midtown (2), the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, Nolita, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Flushing, Queens (2)

Cost: $7.50 for the spicy & sour spinach dumping soup; $2.75 for the spicy tofu; $5.00 for the spicy cucumber salad

—Sally Kaplan


19. The lard bread at Mazzola Bakery.

Where: 192 Union St., Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Cost: $6 per loaf

"If you're in the area around 4 a.m., you can even knock on the back door to the kitchen and get one fresh from the oven. Best drunk food in the whole wide world!" —Marie Telling



More details about Dough were added in #24. They also have a location in Times Square.