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Leg of Chicken at Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen
Photograph: Paul WagtouiczLeg of Chicken at Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen

The best cheap eats you can get in NYC for under $5

Written by
Alyssa Haak

A bit broke this week, huh? We feel you. As part of this week’s cheap eats issue, in which we divulge the latest and greatest in discounted dining, we also compile a few of the most dirt-cheap-iest standards in NYC, from one-buck pastries to late-night Latin American favorites. Check out the killer deals below—and if you’re jonesing for more than just affordable grub, discover the best cheap things to do in NYC.  


Three beignets at Cheeky Sandwiches (35 Orchard St, 646-504-8132; $1)

A doughnut at Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop (727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, 718-389-3676; $1.19)


Leg of chicken at Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen (115 Columbia St, Brooklyn, 718-855-4668; $2.75)

Chee cheong fun (rice-noodle rolls) at Hong Kong Dim Sum (777 60th St, Brooklyn; $1.75–$2.25)

Frankfurter with sauerkraut, onions and relish at Papaya King (various locations; $2.25)


Falafel sandwich at Oasis (161 North 7th St, Brooklyn, 718-218-7607; $3)

Blue morning glory sticky rice with grated coconut at Kopitiam (51B Canal St, 646-894-7081; $3)

Cherry sweet-cheese kolache at Brooklyn Kolache Co. (520 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, 718-398-1111; $3.50)

Steak taco at Guac (179 Ave B, 212-254-4822; $3.75)


Meatballs at Atlantic Social (673 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 718-623-2852; $4)

Six dumplings at Shanghai Traditional Dumpling (6319 Eighth Ave, Brooklyn, 718-745-2620; $4)

Chuzo desgranado at Arepa Lady (77-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, 347-730-6124; $4)

Moroccan carrot salatim (Israeli vegetable salad) at Dizengoff at Chelsea Market (75 Ninth Ave, 646-833-7097; $4)

Crêpe sucre at Crêpe Sucre at Gansevoort Market (353 W 14th St, 646-634-9467; $4.90)

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