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Cheap Eats 2007: Cafe Steinhof
Cafe Steinhof

Photo: Evan Sung


Pork ribs and more at Pyza
Greenpoint's cheapest Polish eatery looks like a hospital room, but the food's far better than Bellevue's. A plate of pork ribs with peaks of mashed potatoes and a side of pickles, carrot and cabbage costs just $5.50. A $5 order of two cheese blintzes—foot-long gems—came dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop of sour cream and applesauce. 118 Nassau Ave between Eckford St and Mc Guinness Blvd, Greenpoint (718-349-8829)

Jerk chicken at Culpepper's
Culpepper's Bajan (Barbadian) takeout joint transcends Bedford-Stuyvesant's bevy of bake-and-doubles outfits with tasty island fare. Juicy jerk chicken comes perched on a bed of spicy rice with fried plantains and veggies for a measly $6.50 (small) or $8.50 (large). For a buck more, score a gooey pot of way-better-than-Kraft mac and cheese. 1082 Nostrand Ave at Lincoln Rd, Flatbush (718-940-4122)

Dim sum at Family Dumpling
This dim sum spot's bleak exterior and growling counterfolk are uncomfortably reminiscent of a prison mess hall, but the dumplings might be worth getting shivved for. Ten moon-shaped pork and chive dumplings can be yours for $4. And if you like what you see, take home a tray of 30 frozen dumplings for just $6, perfect for house-party snacks. 5602 Seventh Ave at 56th St, Sunset Park (718-492-0686)

Monday nights at Cafe Steinhof
A favorite south Slope hang, the intimate Austrian Cafe Steinhof offers Monday night deals like six-buck goulash or fried trout with Viennese potato salad, and a shareable plate of $3 apple bread pudding. Come to the bar before 7pm any night and enjoy German and Austrian brews like Kstritzer Black and Gsser lager for just $3. 422 Seventh Ave at 14th St, Park Slope (718-369-7776)

Dinner at Vostok
Inside this long, windowless dining room you'll find legions of Jewish Uzbek families sharing ample plates of lamb-strewn pilaf ($7.99), warm, black-sesame-seed-flecked hubs of tandoori-style bread ($2) and smoky kebabs, like the savory Lyu-Tyu (beef, $2.50), lanced on swordlike spits. Glasses of vodka are just $4 a pop, but be like the locals and BYO. 5507 13th Ave at 55th St, Borough Park (718-437-2596)

Everything at Bukhari
Spicy bowls of dal ($4), rich, tender curries ($5) and cumin-studded pucks of $1 aloo tiki (potato patties) are just some of the pleasures available at this humble Pakistani spot on Coney Island Avenue. Mop up the toothsome grub with bubbly rounds of nan, a carb-rich deal at just $1 each. 1095 Coney Island Ave between Ave H and Glenwood Rd (718-859-8044)— Jordana Rothman

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