Cheap eats for every occasion
Thu Jul 10 2008
Singas Famous Pizza
Skip the pizza and opt for the Bombay street nosh known as frankies. Warm bread swaddles a variety of fillings like cheese ($5.50) and potato ($4.50), making the wraps easy to eat on the run. 176 Second Ave between 11th and 12th Sts (212-253-7300)
Photograph: Shani Bar-On
Each day, chef-owner Gazala Halabi prepares fresh cornmeal-flecked flatbread at her Israeli-Druze restaurant. It’s perfect as a base for a pie topped with ground beef, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts ($5.95), or stuffed with delicate falafel ($4.50). 709 Ninth Ave between 48th and 49th Sts (212-245-0709)
To save time, call your order into this tight Jamaican café before swinging by to pick it up. Try small platters of tender jerk chicken ($10) and goat stew ($11) that come with enough rice and beans to sate any hunger, without breaking the bank. 803 Washington Ave between Eastern Pkwy and Lincoln Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-398-3575)—Daniel Gritzer
Chef Kevin Schuttenberg’s boisterous Mexican hangout also peddles in fine taqueria-quality takeout. Housemade corn tortillas encase fillings like pork belly ($6) and tongue ($5) in Cabrito’s excellent tacos, and $8 snacks like a generous helping of guacamole buzzing with cilantro and jalapeo peppers stuffed with red snapper and pumpkin seeds are a cheap, fiery thrill. 50 Carmine St between Bedford and Bleecker Sts (212-929-5050).
Myers of Keswick
Dispatching sausage rolls ($3.25) and Cornish pasties (beef-and-onion pies, $3.75) since 1978, this refuge for British expats provides all manner of economical Anglo snacks. Splurge on a deep-fried Scotch egg, just $2.95. 634 Hudson St between Horatio and Jane Sts (212-691-4194)
Leave the floppy Ray’s slices to the amateurs. This Billyburg pizzeria nails the blistered, elastic crust, sweet tomato sauce and milky mozzarella essential to a top-notch pie. The best part: a Fior di Latte version (tomato and basil) can be yours to-go for just $10. 319 Graham Ave between Ainslie and Devoe Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-8899)
Ptes et Traditions
The star of P&T’s pan-Gallic menu: buckwheat crpes. Swing by for a savory crpes like the $9 Forestire (mushroom, ham, parsley and garlic) or a sweet version—the crpes au marron features creamy chestnut spread for just $4.50. 52 Havemeyer St at North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (646-409-4019)
This paddock for cheese and cured meat aficionados also offers a rotating selection of house sandwiches. Break a ten-spot for Barnyard’s excellent take on a Cuban—$9 with slow-roasted pork, pickles, jalapenos, swiss cheese and avocado. 149 Ave C between 9th and 10th Sts (212-674-2276).
Fluffy pitas, dense chickpea balls and unlimited salad bar with fixings like fried cauliflower draw lines to the Union Square flagship of this mini-chain, where falafel sandwiches top out at $7. 38 Union Sq East between 16th and 17th Sts, 212-260-1988
Scan the voluminous blackboard menu at this veggie sanctum. All of this can be yours for $7.50 a pop. We’re suckers for the junky seitan Philly “cheesesteak,” with soy cheese, pepper and onions; more virtuous eaters can go for the curried cauliflower wrap, stuffed with chick peas, brown rice and mango chutney. 45 Eighth Ave at W 4th St (212-645-0310); 315 Fifth Ave at 3rd St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-788-2121)