Cheap eats in Hell's Kitchen: The best nosh on a budget

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

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Whether you're looking for an inexpensive pre- or post-theater bite, or want to line your stomach before hitting the local bars (or soak up the damage afterwards), there are plenty of cheap eats in the neighborhood. Feast on everything from authentic tacos to superior ramen for less than $15.

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Amy's Bread

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. 672 Ninth Ave, (at 47th St)
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Blossom du Jour

  • Price band: 1/4

The 12-seat location of this café proves that vegan cuisine and comfort food aren't paradoxical terms. Look into the open kitchen, where chefs cook up meatless dishes, like the Midtown Melt (Cajun-spiced seitan, agave guacamole, vegan cheddar and chipotle aioli on rosemary focaccia) and a vegan burger with soy bacon and onion rings. Healthy organic fruit and vegetable juices are blended on site, including the Field of Green, which combines spinach, kale, ginger, lemon, apple,

  1. 617 Ninth Ave, (between 43rd and 44th Sts), 10036
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City Sandwich

Portuguese sandwiches are the specialty of this casual Hell's Kitchen restaurant.

  1. 649 Ninth Ave, (between 45th and 46th Sts )
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Donna Bell's Bake Shop

  • Price band: 1/4

Actor Pauley Perrette, best known as Abigail Sciuto on TV's NCIS, opened this Southern-style bakery as an homage to her late mother, Donna Bell. The Alabama housewife's visage is found in old framed photos hung throughout the quaint café, also outfitted with vintage wallpaper, gaslight lanterns and a wrought-iron chandelier. Sweet tooths can dig into homespun goodies, including red velvet cake and Mississippi mud pudding, while those craving a savory snack can opt for

  1. 301 W 49th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Gazala Place

  • Price band: 1/4

Israeli chef-owner Gazala Halabi brings a novelty to midtown: Druze cuisine.

  1. 709 Ninth Ave, (between 48th and 49th Sts)
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Peter's Since 1969

  • Price band: 1/4

The Williamsburg rotisserie chicken specialist brings its basted birds to a new outpost in Hell's Kitchen. Comfort foods round out the simple menu: house-made Polish sausage, along with desserts, including apple, cherry and chocolate-pecan pies.

  1. 587 Ninth Ave, (between 42nd and 43rd Sts)
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Pio Pio - Hell's Kitchen

Pio Pio Hell’s Kitchen offers inventive fusion ceviches as well as traditional Peruvian fare.

  1. 604 Tenth Avenue, 10036
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Sergimmo Salumeria

  • Price band: 1/4

Imported and house-made salumi, including sopressata and cacciatore, are the specialties of this Italian deli and café. Mozzarella, ricotta and the dried mozzarella scamorza are also made fresh daily, and the spot stocks pedigreed provisions, like Delverde pasta and San Marzano tomatoes. Hell's Kitchen lunchers can snag one of the Carrera-marble tables for a quick salad, pasta or panino on Pain d'Avignon bread. Look for the VIP (Very Italian Panini), which layers prosciutto di

  1. 456 Ninth Ave, (between 35th and 36th Sts), 10018
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Tehuitzingo Deli and Grocery

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

You won't need Spanish skills to gobble down $2.50 carnitas (pork seasoned with garlic, thyme and oregano) and garlicky, lime-marinated beef tacos at this tiny, fast-paced Mexican bodega. The two-layer tacos are easy for little ones to handle, as are the sopes (thick cornmeal tortillas) topped with cheese, beans and whatever meat you fancy. Work your way to the back of the store to find a handful of stools to eat at or, if weather permits, enjoy your feast at the Hell's Kitchen

  1. 695 Tenth Ave, (between 47th and 48th Sts)
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Totto Ramen

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Like a traditional Japanese ramen-ya, this narrow, below-street-level noodle joint is designed for quick meals. Most seats are along a counter, behind which the chefs crisp pork slices with a propane torch and tend to bubbling stockpots. The specialty here is paitan ramen, a creamy soup that’s a chicken-based variation on Hakata, Japan’s famous tonkotsu (pork) broth. The most basic version, the Totto chicken, is a flavorful, opaque soup bobbing with thin, straight noodles and

  1. 366 W 52nd St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Tulcingo Del Valle Restaurant & Deli

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The staffers behind the little counter are mole artists, rewarding devotees with authentic, complex versions of the sauce, and other rich offerings from the southern Mexican state of Puebla. You can order take-out or sit down in the no-frills seating area next door. Either way, there’s room to gather a group of friends, bring a few beers in brown bags, and eat yourselves silly on some of the city’s best Pueblan food. Even standbys like pork al pastor are rendered with love,

  1. 665 Tenth Ave, (between 46th and 47th Sts), 10036-29
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Rebecca
Rebecca

Awesome list, can't wait to try most. Just a note though, the "Pio Pio" listed up there is actually the address and photo of Pio Pio 8 which is the higher end sister of the Pio Pio family. Certainly not a cheap eat (but still great).