Best cheap eats in the East Village

The porchetta sandwich
The porchetta sandwich at Porchetta

Photograph: Jeff Gurwin

Simon Sips
Simon Mammon’s coffee, tea and wine bar offers food options like pulled chicken with garlic and white wine on rye toast.

A shrine to central Italy’s classic boneless roasted pork.

Caracas Arepa Bar
Four buck, hand-made, pitalike pockets come with a variety of fillings, but include juayanes, a handmade cheese.

You’ll find some of the city’s best Middle Eastern food at this beloved cheap-eats haven.

Odessa Cafe
Although this venerable joint offers classic Greek and Italian dishes, it also pulls in a frugal, funky clientele for its Eastern European specialties.

This coffeehouse draws on Spanish, Italian and Middle Eastern traditions.

Mama’s Food Shop
Expect rib-sticking basics from this down-home spot.

This banh mi operation has expanded to also include pho–fragrant, spiced noodle soups.

Hummus Place
A smart selection condiments complements exemplary Hummus.

A relatively inexpensive Eastern European restaurant that will satisfy hearty appetites and sweet tooths.

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