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Best Cheap Eats in New York City

You can afford to eat delicious food in New York City on the cheap!


Unless you're living on a limitless budget for your visit to New York City, you'll find it helpful to plan to have a few cheap meals during your trip. But just because you're trying to eat on the cheap, doesn't mean you shouldn't get to savor some of New York City's best food and restaurants!

1. Have a New York City Bagel

Poppyseed bagel with lox spread  A lotta lox spread.
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Skip the overpriced (& underwhelming) breakfast buffet at your hotel and head out for a delicious (and filling) bagel for breakfast. Not only will you be able to enjoy breakfast (with coffee!) for under $5, but you'll be experiencing one of New York City's most famous foods.

2. Savor a Slice of Pizza

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Be warned -- eating pizza in New York City is dangerous: you may never be able to enjoy your old standby delivery pie back home once you've experienced New York City's outstanding pizza. Whether you're grabbing a quick slice or sitting down for a delicious coal- or brick-oven pie at one of New York City's famous pizza parlors, pizza is a great cheap eat in New York City.

3. Eat in Chinatown

Sure, not every restaurant in Chinatown is dirt-cheap, but there are many Chinatown restaurants where you can fill up on dumplings or noodles for next to nothing -- all the while enjoying the bustling atmosphere and the experience of New York City's diversity.

4. Have Lunch from a NYC Street Vendor

Sure, you've heard of the ubiquitous "dirty water dog" or had a stale pretzel from a street cart, but there are also street vendors serving up delicious, cheap meals from carts all over New York City. From falafel and dosas to barbecue and sausages, New York City Street Vendors serve up tasty, affordable meals to local New Yorkers every day. Just follow the crowds (and your nose) to find something delicious.

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5. Meals for $5 or Less

Whether you want a slice of pizza, steaming dumplings or a hot dog, these cheap eat options offer filling, delicious meals for less than $5!

6. Meals for $10 or Less

We've assembled a list of great meals for $10 or less, many of which are at sit-down restaurants and your options include everything from outstanding hamburgers and ban mi to Indian buffets and hot Ruebens.

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