Best cheap eats in East Village

Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery

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Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery
Though the lines have subsided a bit at this amply hyped new slice joint (a 2008 Eat Out Award winner), the signature cheesy oil-slicked spinach-artichoke slice ($4) is as rich and filling as ever. 328 E 14th St between First and Second Aves (212-228-2004,

Michael “Bao” Huynh’s second outpost of Baoguette, perhaps the most inviting of the bunch (the brand is rapidly taking over New York), is about much more than sandwiches. Along with classic banh mi ($5), there are refreshing cold noodles with charred proteins on top (beef b’un bo, $9) and exceptional bowls of copious soup (spicy beef pho, $8). 37 St. Marks Pl between Second and Third Aves (212-380-1487,

B&H Dairy
Pull up a stool for huge portions of the simple, wholesome Ashkenazi fare once in abundance in the neighborhood. Enormous fried potato pierogi ($6 for four) are tried-and-true munchie killers, while a cup of cold borscht ($4) is just the thing on a hot summer day. 127 Second Ave between St. Marks Pl and E 7th St (212-505-8065)

Black Iron Burger
Black Iron’s beautifully griddled specimens are a welcome respite from the city’s many tricked-out high-end burgers. The Iron Horse ($10)—two patties, grilled onions, horseradish cheddar—is a fine juicy mess and so filling you won’t even need the $4 fries (although they are exceptional). 540 E 5th St between Aves A and B (212-677-6067,

Casa Adela
Puerto Rican chicken maestro Adela Fargas roasts her succulent birds on a spit, then serves them in fragrant halves with buttery rice and toothsome braised beans ($8.50). Don’t forget to ladle on plenty of the accompanying intense garlic oil. 66 Ave C at 5th St (212-473-1882)

Crif Dogs
This wiener dive offers the best Jersey-style dogs this side of the Hudson: handmade smoked-pork tube-steaks deep-fried until they’re bursting out of their skin. While you can order them wrapped in bacon and drowning in chili ($4.75), we’re partial to the classic ($2.75) with mustard and kraut. 113 St. Marks Pl between First Ave and Ave A (212-614-2728)

Elvie’s Turo
Turo Copious, dirt-cheap Filipino home cooking has earned this slice of Manila downtown a loyal following. Turo Turo means “point point,” which is just how you order. Scan the day’s fragrant stews—chicken adobo, sweet-and-sour braised beef—selecting a pair for just $9.95. 214 First Ave between 12th and 13th Sts (212-473-7785)

Hummus Place
The original East Village branch of this hummus institution is still one of the best places in town for a sit-down bowl of fresh-made warm chickpea puree, topped off with whole chickpeas or fava bean stew and a hard-boiled egg ($5.95 with pickles, olives and spongy pita). 109 St. Marks Pl between First Ave and Ave A (212-529-9198,

Admittedly, we’ve been slavish devotees of Sara Jenkins’s porcine shoebox since the moment it opened last fall. For $9, you get a very fine meal in a bun—the namesake crisp-skinned Italian roast pork stuffed into a Sullivan Street Bakery ciabatta roll. 110 E 7th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-777-2151,

Wechsler’s Currywurst & Bratwurst
Wechsler’s griddled boar and lamb sausages ($6) are fine, but the currywurst ($6) is the draw at this new Berlin-style beer and link slinger: white sausage served with slim fries and a more-hot-than-sweet house-made curried ketchup. 120 First Ave between St. Marks Pl and E 7th St (212-228-1170)

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