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August 3, 2010

Cheap Places to Eat in New York

The cosmopolitan city of New York has one of the most diverse and internationally acclaimed restaurant scenes in the world, with new venues opening on daily bases and offerings ranging from the exotic to the innovative.

However, all this magic in the kitchen comes at a price and eating out in such a huge, buzzing city can be an expensive proposition, so here are some tips on eating on a budget in New York!

1. New York burgers with all the works.

America has long been famous for hamburgers (and not least McDonald’s) and New York is no exception. Try Blue 9 Burger on Third Avenue for some authentic food, New York-style, where dinner adds up to as little as $6. This may be a fast-food joint but they’re known for the fresh, hand-cut ingredients, as well as a trademark spicy mango sauce.

2. Deli-icious.

And it doesn’t stop with burgers: the city is renowned for its range of great meals that can be picked up on the cheap. Think cheesecake, club sandwiches and salt-beef bagels… and around the Lower East and Upper West Sides, there are numerous delis serving up these specialties with affordable prices and big portions.

3. Splurge at Happy Hour.

Although discounts at happy hour are not unique to New York, few cities can offer such great value. On weekdays between about 4 and 7pm (which is far too early for those trendy New York night-owls), even the most fashionable cocktail bars and restaurants drop their prices. Head to the Mole Mexican Bar & Grill on Allen Street for a $5 fresh-squeezed lime margarita and some equally reasonable Mexican cooking.

4. Go international.

New York is home to a huge range of international eateries and, even though they do have some more expensive restaurants, Little Italy and Chinatown, typically offer cheaper and tastier meals than touristy neighborhoods like Times Square. The popular Veselka in the East Village serves Ukrainian comfort food that won’t break the bank and (in typical New York-style) stays open until dawn.

5. Eat in.

For the truly budget-conscious visitor to New York, there’s another great alternative for cutting costs – head to one of the lovely small shops clustered in Chelsea or the farmers’ market at Union Square to pick up fresh ingredients, and then create your own dishes! Most New York hostels across Manhattan and Brooklyn have self-catering facilities so guests can sample some of those New York delicacies, even on a shoestring.

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