image of a new york food truck one of the best cheap eats places in New York City (NYC)

Best Cheap Eats Places in New York City (NYC)

When you’re visiting an expensive city like New York one of the ways you can make your trip that much more affordable is by refueling on cheap eats. Luckily for you NYC offers a bevy of cheap places to eat. Here are some of the best.

Check Groupon for Deals on New York Restaurants

image of Groupon one of the ways to save when you are planning a cheap vacation

Hungry for great food at a great price? One place to start is by perusing the latest New York food and drink deals on Groupon, the money-saving website that features local discounts in 150 cities.

Visit the New York “Food & Drink” Groupon page and you’ll find savings from 40% and up on breakfast, lunch and dinner spots.

The New York “Food & Drink” Groupon page is a smart place to check out when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your New York visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.

Pizza for $1

You can’t go far in New York without crossing paths with one of the City’s mostfamous cheap eats—pizza slices for a $1.

Some of the notable cheap places to eat when you want to grab a slice are 2 Bros. Pizza, 99¢ Fresh Pizza and Joey’s Pepperoni Pizza where you can get two slices and a drink for $2.75.

Feel Like Dawgin’ It?

If your idea of a cheap eat is a hot dog then one of the cheap places to eat in New York City you have to check out is Gray’s Papaya.

Not only are the dogs good at Gray’s Papaya, it’s a landmark too, having been featured in movies like You’ve Got Mail, Fools Rush In, Die Hard with a Vengeance, For Love or Money, and the TV show Sex in the City.

A popular cheap eat here is their Recession Special—two hot dogs and a drink for $5.

If you want to give another hot dog a go, keep an eye out for the Feed Your Hole food truck. It’s hard not to miss—it’s decked out with a green zombie hand devouring a hot dog.

This wagon serves up all kinds of mouthwatering variations on the dawg for around $4. To find where it’s parked, follow @feedyourhole on Twitter.

Fabulous Food Trucks

You’re never far from a cheap place to eat in New York because many of City’s best cheap eats are mobile.

Food trucks abound in Gotham, serving up everything from tacos, falafels, dumplings, noodles, sausages, burgers and more.

Satisfy your sweet tooth

The best cheap eats shouldn’t be reserved for a meal. Dessert should count too and it does with these three cheap places to eat in New York City when your sweet tooth is calling.

How about stopping by the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop for a Choinkwich, an ice cream sandwich made from chocolate chip cookies, soft chocolate ice cream and a layer of bacon marmalade—just $6.

The next day, why not indulge in a Cookies and Cream Sundae from Dessert Club Chickalicious. It’s made using three different types of cookies and creamy vanilla bean soft serve. It’s all yours for $6.95.

And if you’re facing a day of walking and exploring, why not start things off with a delectable sugar rush—a half pound apple fritter from D’Aiuto. Caked in sweet apple pieces and glorious glaze, this decadent cheap eat is only $2.25.

Seafood on Staten Island

All that touring around Staten Island may make you hungry for seafood.

Not a problem.

Just head to Cole’s Dockside where the cheap eats include $1 oysters and 50¢ clams.

Or settle in at Lacey’s Bridge Tavern, another great cheap place to eat in New York City, and enjoy the $1.25 shrimp and 50¢ clams.


If you’re exploring Chinatown, you’ve got to take time to devour some dumplings.

One of the best cheap places to get dumplings in New York City is Lam Zhou, here you can order up 12 dumplings for just $3.

Another popular spot is Vanessa’s Dumpling House, where you can get five chive-and-pork dumplings for just a dollar.

The Burger

Year after year one of the best cheap eats in New York City has been the ShackBurger at Shake Shack.

Made from fresh ground beef and always topped with fresh lettuce and tomato and the famous shack sauce, this is one burger that will hit the spot without leaving your wallet feeling empty.

Hungry for More Cheap Eats?

Want to add some more cheap places to eat in New York City to your menu?

Here are some helpful links to check out:

The Underground Gourmet’s 2012 NYC Cheap Eats List

The Best Cheap Eats in New York City

Real Cheap Eats NYC

Urban Spoon Reviews for Cheap Places to Eat in New York City

Be thrifty and practical! This information was accurate when published, but can change without notice. We recommend you confirm all details with the provider in question before planning your excursion.

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