The Best Cheap Meals in New York City

Jan 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
These are the best cheap eats in New York City
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Whether they've lived here three months or 30 years, ask any New Yorker how expensive it can be to eat in any of the five boroughs, and you'll likely be met with eye rolls and shrugs. That defeated response comes courtesy of the fact that it's very easy to spend a big ol' chunk of change on good grub here in NYC. As such, finding a place that not only serves up good food but at an affordable price (think $20 or less) is like finding an ocean in the Sahara Desert (read: rare and treasured).

And so, with cheap eats on the brain and a yearning to find some goodies across this great city, we've put together a shortlist of the best places to eat for $20 or less. Keeping in mind you can likely get at least a main and a drink at this price point, it's hard to argue you're getting anything less than the best for your buck. Additionally, because variety is the spice of life, don't expect to find any of your typical chains or just a bunch of burger joints (although we did find a few good ones!) here.

Are you ready to whet your appetite for good NYC eats? Then keep reading.

1 /15: Between the Bread

1/15 :Between the Bread

2 /15: Baohaus in Manhattan

2/15 :Baohaus in Manhattan

3 /15: Soho Tiffin Junction

3/15 :Soho Tiffin Junction

4 /15: Cheese Grille in Manhattan

4/15 :Cheese Grille in Manhattan

5 /15: Toad Style

5/15 :Toad Style

6 /15: A&A Bake & Doubles Shop

6/15 :A&A Bake & Doubles Shop

7/15 :Blue Collar

8/15 :Purbird

9 /15: The Halal Guys

9/15 :The Halal Guys

10 /15: Arepa Lady

10/15 :Arepa Lady

11 /15: Lechonera & Pollo Sabroso

11/15 :Lechonera & Pollo Sabroso

12 /15: Gurra Café

12/15 :Gurra Café

13 /15: Knish Nosh Knishes & Franks

13/15 :Knish Nosh Knishes & Franks

14 /15: Hillside Dosa Hutt

14/15 :Hillside Dosa Hutt

15 /15: Taqueria Diana

15/15 :Taqueria Diana