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.