Cheap eats in Chelsea: The best places to nosh on a budget

Cheap eats abound in Chelsea, 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. Among our favorite cheap eats are the cult slice at Artichoke Basille’s Pizzeria and the eponymous Asian snacks at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar.

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Artichoke Basille's Pizza and Bar

  • Critics choice

The owners of the perpetually packed East Village slice shop have expanded to Chelsea.

  1. 457 W 17th St, (at Tenth Ave)
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City Bakery

  • Critics choice

Pastry genius Maury Rubin’s loft-size City Bakery is jammed with Chelsea shoppers loading up on unusual salad-bar choices (grilled pineapple with ancho chili, bean sprouts with smoked tofu, excellent salmon salad). There’s also a small selection of soups, pizzas and hot dishes. But to heck with all that: The thick, incredibly rich hot chocolate with fat house-made marshmallows is heaven in a cup (replaced by fruit-infused lemonade in the summer), and the moist “melted”

  1. 3 W 18th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10003
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Joe the Art of Coffee

  • Critics choice

West Siders have experienced a restaurant revolution, and now they can boast grade-A espresso too, thanks to the most recent location of the boutique-coffee chain. In addition to espresso-based drinks, a single-cup, drip-coffee bar dispenses a rotating selection of brews, while baked goods from companies like Ceci-Cela and Donut Plant provide just the kind of snacks a coffee drinker needs.

  1. 405 W 23rd St, (between Ninth and Tenth Aves)
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Rickshaw Dumpling Bar

Kenny Lao’s concept for a dumpling bar was a winner in a business-plan contest at NYU’s Stern School of Business, so he’s put it to the test at Rickshaw Dumpling Bar. Annisa chef Anita Lo developed the menu, which includes six different dumplings, each inspired by an Asian cuisine and matched with its own dipping sauce: classic Chinese pork and chive with a soy vinegar, for instance, or Thai chicken with peanut satay. If you want a full meal, pair your dumplings with a big

  1. 61 W 23rd St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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Tia Pol

  • Critics choice

In Spain, grazing on tapas is as much a social celebration as a culinary one, and leisurely Tia Pol embraces this tradition con gusto. Seating is on high stools, with spill-over at the bustling bar, where handsome diners stand cheek-by-jowl while guzzling fruity sangria. Reaching crowd capacity at Tia Pol isn’t tough: It’s as slender as the white asparagus that garnishes some of its dishes. The memorable menu is one part classical, two parts wholly original: Munch on superb

  1. 205 Tenth Ave, (between 22nd and 23rd Sts), 10011
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