Cheap eats in West Village: Best nosh on a budget

Cheap eats abound in the West Village, but which stand out from the rest? Fuel up at our critic-approved budget food spots.

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Whether you want to line your stomach before hitting the bars (or soak up the damage afterwards) or grab an inexpensive bite while shopping, there are plenty of cheap eats in the neighborhood, from Corner Bistro’s lauded no-frills burgers to some of the city’s best burritos.

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Amy’s Bread

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The hookup was bound to happen eventually: Beloved baker Amy Scherber has set up shop downtown right near Murray’s Cheese. It’s a dynamic duo if there ever was one. Scherber will offer her famous loaves—including that addictive raisin semolina—along with a full spread of breakfast pastries; grilled sandwiches, salads and soups for the lunch crowd, plus giant cookies and old-fashioned layer cakes. It’s open until midnight on weekends for a late-night sugar fix.

  1. 250 Bleecker St , (between Carmine and Leroy Sts)
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Corner Bistro

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The burgers at this dimly lit Village standby are legendary, and the New Yorkers who love them legion. You may have to wait in line for a good hour to get your hands on one (and you will need both hands). Fortunately, several $2.50 drafts (including McSorley’s Ale) will help you bide your time, as will the Yankees on the tube, and a jukebox that plays everything from Calexico to Coltrane. Go for the Bistro Burger, a fat patty of broiled beef, cheese and smoky bacon on a

  1. 331 W 4th St, (at Jane St), 10014
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Dos Toros

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Brothers Leo and Oliver Kremer bring their Food & Drink Award–winning take on Cal-Mex grub to the West Village with this spin-off of their East Side taqueria. You'll find the same short menu of simple bites made with primo ingredients, like local, antibiotic-free chicken and Cayuga Pure Organics pinto beans. Plug your protein of choice (carnitas, pollo asado, carne asada, or rice and beans) into a taco, quesadilla, "platos"or the joint's crown jewel: an overstuffed San

  1. 11 Carmine St, (between Sixth Ave and Bleecker St), 10014
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’ino

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This tiny, eight-table space may be unassuming, but it was in fact a forerunner of the booming enoteca scene. The sandwich-heavy menu, made famous by its truffled egg toast, also features bruschette, tramezzini and panini. A Cubano-like special marries roasted pork with fontina, pickled red onion and hot peppers on a ciabatta, while a refreshing fennel salad is tossed with arugula, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. Owners Jason and Jennifer Denton are devoted to local foods: The

  1. 21 Bedford St , (between Downing and W Houston Sts)
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Sweet Revenge

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This cupcake shop also sells savory cakes and sandwiches.

  1. 62 Carmine St, (between Bedford St and Seventh Ave)
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Taïm

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Falafel doesn’t usually come in different flavors—unless it’s made by an Israel-born chef who’s worked under Bobby Flay. At her falafel and smoothie bar, Taïm, Ludo chef Einat Admony seasons chickpea batter three ways: traditional (with parsley and cilantro), sweet (with roasted red pepper) and spicy (with Tunisian spices and garlic). She pairs the terrific falafel with tasty salads like marinated beets, spicy Moroccan carrot salad or baba ghanoush, and three dipping

  1. 222 Waverly Pl, (at W 11th St and Seventh Ave)
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