The best cheap eats in Chelsea

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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Gotham West Market

Gotham West Market Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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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Gotham West Market

  • Price band: 2/4

The building that houses this ground-floor food hall may be of the luxury variety, but the all-star eats inside are pleasantly wallet-friendly. Ease into the meal with Seamus Mullen’s shareable tapas, including deviled eggs zipped with smokedbacalao ($2), then make your way over to  Court Street Grocers for hefty hoagies like the coppa-and-salami Italian combo ($10). End on a sweet note at  the extended-through-winter

  1. 600 Eleventh Ave, (between 44th and 45th Sts), 10036
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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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Los Tacos No.1

  • Price band: 1/4

New York’s taco naysayers will have to find something else to complain about. At this perpetually-packed counter, a trio of West Coast transplants sling superlative bundles inspired by California street carts. Hand-pressed corn tortillas arrive piping hot, dressed with spit-roasted adobada pork and sweet pineapple batons ($4.50) or succulent, charred carne asada and creamy guacamole ($4.75). Beyond tacos, find nopal plates (cactus, beans and cheese for $5) and

  1. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave, (between 15th and 16th Sts), 10011
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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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Users say

Thor S
Thor S

Please stop having unpaid interns (or perhaps bots) compile your listings.  Rickshaw Dumplings closed six months ago.  In its place is a Cajun-Creole rice bowl place, which you might want to try.

Steven P
Steven P

Laaughable list! City Bakery should NEVER be in any article that has the word 'budget' or 'cheap' in the title (unless preceded by "ain't").  And Rickshaw Dumplings (aka "Dumptruck") had horrible food; thankfully they closed last year.


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