Cheap eats: East 7th Street food crawl

eaticoncheapeats50-150x150The East Village is loaded with great restaurants, which makes it hard to choose a favorite stretch for a proper food crawl. But East 7th Street is certainly a contender. Buy an $18 ticket to this weekend's "Taste of 7th Street" and you get a half-size lobster roll from Luke's Lobster, a mini porchetta sandwich from Porchetta, two cupcakes from Butter Lane, a beef arepa from Caracas Arepa Bar and a smoothie from Xoom. You can spread the eating out over the entire weekend, or cram it all into one day—then chill with $1-off beers at Burp Castle, Jimmy's No. 43 and Standings. The deal is good during regular business hours at every participating venue except Caracas, where you can get your arepa from noon to 5pm. The tickets will be available online until midnight tonight (or until they run out) at Scoop St.—M. Elizabeth Sheldon