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The Ultimate Guide To NYC Cheap Eats

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

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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!

1. The tostadas at Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos.

Where: 271 Starr St., Bushwick, Brooklyn

Cost: $6 to $7, depending on your order

"They're bomb, and the place is also BYO." —Caroline Kee

2. Lam Zhou dumplings at Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle.

Where: 40 Bowery St, Chinatown

Cost: $4 for 8 dumplings

—Gregory Addison

3. A donut from Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop.

Where: 727 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Cost: $1 each

—Megan Paolone

4. A beer, a shot, and a thing of dumplings from 169 Bar.

Where: 169 East Broadway, Lower East Side

Cost: Beer and a shot for $3; dumplings for $3.

"One-stop shopping, friends." —Weesie Vieira

5. Uncle Jesse Bao from Baohaus.

Where: 238 East 14th St., East Village

Cost: $5 each; two makes a meal for most people.

—Sally Kaplan

6. The fried chicken at Yafa Deli and Grocery.

Where: 907 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Cost: $1.50 per piece

"It's sexual." —Joe Bernstein

7. Korean ramen at Food Gallery 32 (the cafeteria in K-Town).

Where: 11 West 32nd St., Koreatown/Midtown West

Cost: $8.95

—Elaina Wahl

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

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Where: 8505 Broadway, Elmhurst, Queens

Cost: The soup is $6.75 to $7.75, depending on the kind you get; dumplings are $4.25 for an order of eight.

—Jenny Chang

9. Bahn mi at Banh Mi Saigon.

Where: 198 Grand St., Chinatown/Little Italy

Cost: $6.25 to $7.50 depending on the type you get.

"Delish." —Dennis Huynh

11. Falafel sandwich at Mamoun's.

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

Cost: $4.50 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

12. Or the falafel sandwich at BZ Grill, if you're in Queens.

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Where: 2702 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, Queens

Cost: $6.95

"Blows Mamoun's out of the water." —Kate Bubacz

13. Or the falafel sandwich and/or plate at Oasis Falafel, if you're in Brooklyn.

Where: 161 N. 7th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Cost: $3 for the sandwich; $6 for the plate

—James Harness

14. Phoenician fries from ilili Box.

Where: Locations at City Kitchen at Row Hotel NYC and Canal Street Market

Cost: $4.59

—Tabir Akhter

15. A grandma slice and garlic knots at Little Italy Pizza.

Where: 55 West 45th Street, Midtown West

Cost: $4.25 for the slice; $1.90 for the knots

"Mmmm." —Julia Reinstein

16. The spicy cumin lamb burger at Xi'an Famous Foods.

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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: $5

—Jessica Probus

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

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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: $8.00 for the spicy & sour spinach dumping soup; $6.00 for the spicy cucumber salad

—Sally Kaplan

18. Dumplings at Vanessa's Dumplings.

Where: Locations in Chinatown, Union Square, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Cost: $2 to $7 per order of 4

"Some of the best in the city!" —Terri Pous

19. The lard bread at Mazzola Bakery.

Where: 192 Union St., Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Cost: $6.75 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

20. Doubles at A&A Bake & Doubles Shop.

Where: 1337 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Cost: $1.50 each

—Gregory Addison

21. Or doubles at Gloria's.

Where: 764 Nostrand Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Cost: $2.75

—Otillia Steadman

22. Pierogi from Karczma.

Where: 136 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Cost: $9.50 per order

—Caroline Kee

23. Hand-pulled noodles at the New World Mall Food Court.

Where: 136-20 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, Queens

Cost: "You'd have to try realllllly hard to spend more than $10."

—Megan Paolone

24. The dulce de leche doughnut from Dough.

Where: Locations in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, and Times Square

Cost: $3 each

—Marie Telling

25. Bacon and eggs, hash browns, and toast at John's Coffee Donut Shop.

Where: 481 Myrtle Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Cost: $9.25

"All for fewer than five bucks — and you can probably get it in fewer than five minutes." —Maritsa Patrinos

26. The tacos from El Rey Del Taco Truck.

Where: 3301 30th Ave., Astoria, Queens

Cost: $9 for 3 tacos

—Kate Bubacz

27. Soupy dumplings from Shangai Cafe Deluxe

Where: 100 Mott St., Chinatown/Little Italy

Cost: $5 for 8

—Arielle Calderon

So there it is. Dope eats on a dime. ENJOY!

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UPDATE

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

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