Cheap eats for every occasion



Pak Punjab Deli & Grocery
The East Village is full of holes-in-the-wall hawking South Asian food to cabbies and drunken yuppies, but this one seldom becomes overrun. Look past the dingy exterior and load up on rich, savory chana masala ($3.50) and gut-busting, flaky samosas ($1). 50 Second Ave at 3rd St (212-614-0107)

Photograph: Shani Bar-On

Sometimes, at 2am, only a burger will do. This artsy hangout has 13 varieties, like the New Yorker ($5.95)—a juicy organic patty with all the fixings and spicy mayo. Add fries for $2. 262 Taaffe Pl between DeKalb and Willoughby Aves, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (718-398-6666)

Gottino Enoteca e Salumeri
This tiny wine-focused Village nook offers small but satisfying snacks till 2am. Savor the salty-sweet combo of mini apples stuffed with cotechino sausage ($8), or crunch on light crostini smeared with ricotta and ground fava beans ($5). 52 Greenwich Ave between Charles and Perry Sts (212-633-2590)—Ethan LaCroix

Most favor the falafel at this Middle Eastern perennial, open daily till 5am. But we’ve learned to appreciate the chicken kebab sandwich ($4.50)—browned chicken, slices of tomato, lettuce and smoky tahini inside a warm pita—and sticky baklava ($1.50). (119 MacDougal St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts, 212-674-8685),

Bar Jamn
Until 2am, a multitude of snacks can be enjoyed at this Spanish wine bar from chefs Mario Batali and Andy Nusser. Sample the pan tomate ($5), a toasted baguette rubbed with a healthy dose of raw garlic and tomatoes—perfect vehicles for translucent slices of the buttery jamn serrano ($15 for a plate for two people). (125 E 17th St at Irving Pl, 212-253-2773.)

Great NY Noodletown
While the ambience is gritty and cafeteria-like, the steaming-hot, flavorful fare lures us to Chinatown for late-night munchies, as does the 3:30am closing time (4:30am on weekends). We can’t resist the house’s succulent roasted pork ($6.50) and the crispy panfried noodles with chicken and black-bean sauce ($9.95). (28 Bowery at Bayard St, 212-349-0923)

Crif Dogs
This junk-food favorite in the East Village makes some bad-ass dogs until 2am on weekdays and 4am on Saturday nights. Consider the Spicy Redneck (bacon-wrapped and covered in chili, coleslaw and jalapeos, $5.15) and the Chihuahua (bacon-wrapped with sour cream and avocado, $4.88). Vegetarians: Try the gooey waffle cheese fries ($4 for a whopping large) and excellent root-beer floats ($5). (113 St. Marks Pl between First Ave and Ave A, 212-614-2728)

Swing by Batali’s Village trattoria after 10:30pm (Sunday--Thursday) for a $26 three-course “Roman meal.” Choose from antipasti like broccoli rabe with ricotta and pastas including a carbonara. Dessert and a glass of vino are included, too. (170 Thompson St between Bleecker and Houston Sts, 212-982-5089)

Han Bat
Munch on an excellent bi bim bap ($11.95) with a first-rate rice crust and more Korean home cooking at this reliable 24-hour north-of-K Town destination. (53 W 35th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-629-5588)

Black Iron Burger Shop
This East Village hole-in-the-wall serves fine budget burgers most nights until 3am, griddled to order. The house-special Iron Horse burger ($7)—two patties with grilled onion and strong horseradish cheddar—is a delicious, sinus-clearing concoction. It goes awfully well with a side of extra-crispy onion rings and a thick chocolate shake. (540 E 5th St between Aves A and B, 212-677-6067)



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