You can get NYC’s best new fried chicken sandwich in two sizes, including the $9 ‘Lil Rowdy, at Unapologetic Foods’ Rowdy Rooster. Its marvellous Indian fried chicken is available across five heat intensity levels and served on excellent pao that mirrors the bread at the groups Dhamaka, which was also the best new restaurant of 2021, farther downtown.
“Cheap” has a unique meaning in NYC. There are people in other parts of the country (or at least on the internet) who will try to tell you that they can get a whole house, college education or town hall bribe for $10 where they’re from. This is, of course, untrue, but the five boroughs are certainly more expensive than most places.
That’s why satisfying “cheap eats” for $10 and under are noteworthy in New York. In a city where it costs $5.50 just to get to work and back by subway, finding something to fill you up for a little less than twice that much can be a cheerless relief. If said item is also actually tasty, it reintroduces some levity back into the occasion. So the next time you’re choosing between a four-bedroom in Anytown, USA or excellent slices, chopped cheese, fried chicken sandwiches, falafel or tacos, have a look below and know that you made the right choice.
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