The best cheap eats in Little Italy and Nolita

Where can you get the best cheap eats in the area? Bypass the tourist traps and head for one of these wallet-friendly spots.

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Of course, Little Italy is known for its traditional Italian fare, but for the best cheap eats in the area, you may want to broaden the ethnic scope. Fill up on an Asian-accented hot dog or gourmet felafel. Alternatively, grab a superior sub or a slice of pizza, or head to Chinatown.

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Asiadog

  • Price band: 1/4

The Brooklyn Flea favorite has set up permanent digs for its beloved East-meets-West hot dogs. As at their pop-up stalls, owners Melanie Campbell and Stephen Porto give classic American junk food an artisanal Asian spin at this tiny takeout shop. Toppings like kimchi, Japanese curry and Asian sesame slaw finish off beef, chicken and veggie dogs tucked into soft buns. This location's expanded menu also includes a deep-fried Korean pancake corn dog, salads and yam fries.

  1. 66 Kenmare St, (between Mott and Mulberry Sts), 10021
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Black Seed

  • Price band: 1/4

Noah Bernamoff and Matt Kliegman gave the authentic New York bagel—that hand-rolled, boiled-and-baked throwback— new life with their fledgling Nolita bakery. The small, crusty Montreal-meets-Manhattan rounds ($1.50) are excellent with just a thick schmear of house-made cream cheese, but the real fun comes in inspired combinations like lox-and-dill spread with radish and sprouts ($7), ricotta with apple and honey ($6.50), and egg salad with butter lettuce, red onions and

  1. 170 Elizabeth St, (between Kenmare and Spring Sts), 10012
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Café Gitane

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Lingerers are welcome at this Parisian-style café, whether they’re outside smoking and sipping lattes or inside gossiping over salmon tartare in the cool blue- and orange-painted space. The clientele is almost too hip for an activity as mundane as eating. Too bad for them. The menu is full of appealing bites, such as merguez with raisin-and-pine-nut couscous, plus affordable beer and wine.

  1. 242 Mott St, (at Prince St), 10012
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Egg Shop

  • Price band: 1/4

At Sarah Schneider and Demetri Makoulis’s cheery egg-head hang, a.m. bodega standards like the bacon-egg-and-cheese get a serious upgrade: The house B.E.C. ($10) is built with Black Forest bacon, Shelburne cheddar, tomato jam and runny yolks dripping sensuously over a bouncy panino roll. Or you can build your own breakfast sandwich ($7) with fixins like egg whites with feta and caramelized-onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit. Still hungry? Slap a helping  of fried

  1. 151 Elizabeth St, (between Broome and Kenmare Sts), 10012
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Parm

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone started small with their first project together, a sandwich shop that opened in 2009, serving hoagies by day and tasting menus by night. But Torrisi Italian Specialties, that low-key debut, blew up in a flash, its inventive riffs on Italian-American classics catapulting the young chefs onto the national stage. Soon there were glossy magazine profiles, restaurant awards and long lines out the door. It wasn’t long before they outgrew their very

  1. 248 Mulberry St, (between Prince and Spring Sts)
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Prosperity Dumpling

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The dumpling rivalry between Chinatown’s Prosperity and one-street-over Vanessa’s has been at a Yankees–Red Sox pitch for years, but there’s one clear department where Prosperity rules: price. While Vanessa’s has inflated  to $1.25 for four dumplings, good ol’ Prosperity has kept its reliably plump, pan-fried pouches set at a measly dollar. Beyond those pork-and-chive–filled wrappers, find other for-a-buck bites including light, spongy sesame pancakes and

  1. 46 Eldridge St, (between Canal and Hester Sts)
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Taïm Nolita

  • Price band: 1/4

Chef Einat Admony and her husband, Stefan Nafziger, bring their wildly popular falafel to Nolita with this 17-seat outpost. The chickpea fritters come in three flavors: green (parsley and cilantro), red (roasted red peppers) and spicy harissa. New plates include a seasonally changing salad (such as chopped kale mixed with crispy shallots, pears and roasted almonds), plus fruit smoothies with dates, ginger and coconut milk. Pick up one of the house-made products, like spicy

  1. 45 Spring St, (at Mulberry St), 10012
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