U.S. News listed New York City as one of the most expensive places to visit in the world, alongside Tokyo, Paris and Vienna. How do you stretch your dollar when visiting the Big Apple? One of the ways to save money is to find the least expensive places to dine without compromising on the experience and quality.
We found 10 under $10 places to eat in New York City that will do just that – help you plan, eat well and most importantly, stay within your budget.
10 Under $10 Places to Eat in New York City:
One: Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
Artichoke has three locations in New York City. Francis Garcia and Sal Basille, cousins and best friends from Staten Island NY opened their first Artichoke Basille’s Pizza on 14th St. in 2008. Their popularity has led to two more Artichoke Basille’s Pizza locations in New York City.
For less than $10 you can get two large slices and a drink. For a party of four or six, order a whole pie for $30. Artichoke’s signature artichoke pizza is loaded with artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese.
Information: Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
Two: Terakawa Ramen
New York City has hundreds of ramen noodle houses. The basic Shoyu ramen price ranges from $9 to $13 and it depends on where you dine. Terakawa Ramen serves authentic ramen with different soup bases with prices starting at $9.
This establishment only takes cash and is always packed.
Location: 18 Lexington Ave (At 23rd St) New York, NY 10010 Tel: (212) 777-2939
Three: Chobani Soho
In recent years, the SoHo NYC area is becoming the place to find the best restaurants. New restaurants and cafés are being established there including a unique Greek yogurt bar- Chobani SoHo with fancy yogurt creations.
For a full bowl you pay only $5.95. Choose a sweet yogurt creation like pistachio and chocolate or a savory zucchini pesto and tomato yogurt creation. If you like to mix and match, get a half bowl of a sweet yogurt and another half bowl of savory yogurt for $4.75 each.
Chobani Soho serves bagels, soups and sandwiches all day too. Take a look at their menu here.
Information: Chobani SoHo
Four: Food Carts everywhere in the City
Any day and time of the year you will find a food cart in almost every street in New York City. These days the food trucks are parked alongside food carts serving all sorts of food including Korean bibimbap.
Getting a to go meal from a food cart or food truck is an inexpensive way to eat in NYC. You can get a lamb gyro for $5-7 depending on which part of the city you are in because busy areas like Times Square is more expensive compared to 14th Street. A chicken on rice platter is $7. NYC has plenty of public indoor and outdoor sitting areas for tourists to stop, eat and enjoy the city.
Five: Neighborhood Deli
Where there is a Burger King or McDonalds, there will be a neighborhood deli in New York City. These days, Jewish delis are diminishing in NYC and are being replaced by Korean owned delis with choices of sandwiches and cooked food priced by the pound starting at $5.95 per person (not including drinks).
You can easily find a place for a variety of deli food for less than $10 in one of these delis but you will not find less than $10 pastrami or corned beef on rye sandwiches in places like Katz’s or Carnegie Deli.
When in New York City you must eat bagels. Bagels hold an important part of the NYC food culture. Ess-a-Bagel came highly recommended by Anthony Bourdain from Travel Channel.
Eggs-a-Bagel has two locations in New York City. A lox cream cheese bagel is $4.25, a smoked tuna salad sandwich is $6.55 and a lemon grilled chicken sandwich is $6.50. These bagels are huge and will easily fill you up.
Seven: Dim Sum at Nom Wah Chinatown
If you are traveling with family members, try dim sum at Nom Wah Chinatown- the first dim sum place in New York City. A family of four can order eight to nine varieties of dim sum dishes and a pot of hot tea for $40.
A shrimp rice roll or spring roll is $4 per plate and if you prefer fried rice it starts at $8.50.
Since its opening in 1920 Nom Wah has attracted celebrities from around the world. Faces like Chef Mario Batali, actress Drew Barrymore and more are seen on their Instagram feed.
Information: Nom Wah Restaurant
Eight: Everywhere in Chinatown
Cheap food is everywhere in Chinatown. You can try wonton noodle soup or roast pork or rice or fried rice for $6 at Big Wong Restaurant on Mott Street. Flat noodles or Singapore fried noodles are $9 in Sun Sai Gai Restaurant on Canal Street. Or try a $5 for 5 dishes place on Centre Street.
Of all the places that serve $10 and below lunch or dinner, we recommend Big Wong on Mott Street.
Information: Big Wong
These days healthy Mediterranean restaurants and cafés are everywhere in New York City. Nanoosh serves hummus, wraps, salads and soups for dining in or taking out.
There are four Nanoosh locations in New York City. A hummus tahini wrap is $9.95, soup starts at $3.95 and a salad loaded with vegetables, nuts and dried fruits starts at $8.95.
Ten: Shake Shack
Shake Shack started out as a hot dog cart. Today this popular eatery has more than one location. If you are at the Grand Central Terminal area, Shake Shack is located at the lower level food court area.
A double hamburger is $5.85, Cheese dog is $3.50, cheese fries is $3.85 and Fair Shake is $5.50.
Information: Shake Shack
Think you can’t buy a meal for less than $10 in New York City? Where else have you found places to eat for less than $10 per person in New York City? Let us know.
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