Best cheap eats: The sandcastle shortbread cookies from Black and Blanco are inspired by ghoriba, a Moroccan cookie, and come in flavors such as vanilla sprinkled with black sesame seeds and maple topped with crushed pumpkin seeds.
Best cheap eats: The Chinese hamburger with pork at Panda Dumpling House features a dense bun that’s griddled, split side to side and stuffed with sweet chunks of slow-cooked pork belly slathered IN a tangy-sweet Asian barbecue sauce.
Best cheap eats: The pork sticky rolls from Northern Spy on the High Line combine a soft pinwheel of yeast dough with hunks of slow-cooked, cinnamon-spiced pork. Before it’s served, the dish is heated and topped with a glaze fortified with maple and Dijon, plus parsnip icing.
Best cheap eats: The $20 prix-fixe menu at 606 R&D features an appetizer, main course, two sides and dessert. Recent meals have included crisp-skinned and juicy rotisserie chicken with baked mac and cheese.
Best cheap eats: For the brisket taco at Güeros Brooklyn, grass-fed beef is cooked low and slow with beer, cumin, jalapeños and other seasonings, then tucked into a griddled house-made flour tortilla and garnished with shredded Cabot cheddar, tomatillo salsa, onions and soft roasted poblano peppers.
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Sitting outside on the patio, quaffing giant steins of beer is possible year round at Loreley, a heated outdoor beer garden on the Lower East Side. If truly awful weather pushes you inside, grab a seat in the indoor beer hall. With rustic wood benches for seating and exposed brick walls, this bar and restaurant has a modern German aesthetic. Thirsty patrons can sample beers from Weihenstephaner—the world’s oldest brewery—and the 11 other German-inspired breweries on tap. Kolsch, hefeweizen, lager and IPA: this beer garden has it all. Not into the suds? There’s also a wine list and full bar available. The bartenders will even mix up specialty cocktails, if you’re so inclined. All that drinking got you feeling peckish? Order something from the kitchen. Loreley’s extensive menu features classic pub food and German favorites. Think everything from giant soft pretzels, currywurst and weiner schnitzel to buffalo wings, nachos and burgers. Keep an eye out for special events, like holiday brunches and weekend craft beer festivals.
Venue says: “We are the largest heated outdoor beer garden in Manhattan's lower east side and have a great selection of imported beers, wines & spirits.”