Best fast food restaurants in NYC
There may be only one location left of this legendary 24-hour hot-dog spot, but that only adds to the legend. Since 1973, Gray’s has received shout-outs from the likes of Anthony Bourdain and the ladies of Sex and the City. Your mission: score two dogs for $4.50 and find out what the noise is all about.
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Since 2013, Otto Cedena’s taco favorite has filled the void of Southern California-style tacos in NYC. You can make yourself a small feast of three-buck tacos, including shrimp, chicken and mushroom, but if you’re looking for the signature Otto’s experience, indulge in a jumbo-sized, deep-fried Gorgon and a Mexican beer.
If you ever have an interview, appointment or date in Manhattan and need a quick pick-me-up, you’re likely to find a pick-me-up at one of Prêt’s nearly two-dozen locations. With clean shops and quality prepared sandwiches, Pret is a go-to alternative for the Starbucks-intolerant.
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Pretty much everything on this solid sushi menu is below ten bucks, so go to town on $6 noodle salads, $7 pickled daikon rolls and $3 black-bean sweet-potato brownies. Top it off with a strawberry Yuzo juice for a desk lunch you can be proud of.