Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village

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I love restaurant hopping. Whenever a friend visits from Los Angeles, I'll take them on an extensive eating tour of the East Village where we'll eat at four to five restaurants consecutively without stopping. My only condition: We can only order one dish between the two of us to share.

By the end of the evening, we're stuffed to the brim, and my guest is sufficiently exposed to the different cuisines and restaurant atmospheres the area has to offer--without having to dish out an insane amount of money.

Here are our picks of great unique places in the East Village to go restaurant hopping. Most of these are order-at-the-counter, which means no tip required and less strain on the wallet.

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10. Mamoun's Falafel
Ah. The quintessential drunk food. Mamoun's iconic $2.50 falafel will draw a long line of New Yorkers and tourists alike everyday of the week. Truth be told, it doesn't have the best falafel in New York City like it claims--but it's the value and quick service that makes the joint worth stopping by.

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Clarissa Wei

9. Pommes Frites
You can't go wrong with fries. Beware of the long lines past 9 p.m., but the Belgian steak fries here are crisp to perfection and fried when ordered. The regular size, at $4.50, is more than enough for two. Pair them with the Vietnamese pineapple mayo and the sweet mango chutney sauce for a slightly sweet and salty combination.

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Clarissa Wei


8. Peels

Peels is a great place to stop for brunch, and its build-a-biscuit option is a hearty choice that is sure to jump-start your day. The buttermilk biscuit starts at $3, and additional ingredients range from $0.50 (red-eye gravy) to $3 (local organic scrambled egg).

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Xi'an Famous Foods

7. Xi'an Famous Foods
Try deviating a little from the typical Sichuan and American-Chinese fare in Manhattan with this restaurant. The joint draws inspiration from Xi'an, a province in China. It serves up Western Chinese comfort food and is known for its lamb burgers ($3) and hand-pulled noodles ($6-$7).


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Clarissa Wei

6. Caracas Arepa Bar
Arepas are Venezuelan tapas. Think corn-flour rounds stuffed with beans, chicken, and guacamole paired with a spicy hot sauce. The line here can get really long, but thankfully they have an entire section devoted to takeout. We recommend the Da Pabellon (shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese, and sweet plantains) for $7.50.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Mamoun's Falafel

22 St. Marks Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Pommes Frites

123 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Peels - CLOSED

325 Bowery, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Xi'an Famous Foods

81 St. Marks Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Caracas Arepa Bar

91 E. 7th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Sigiri

91 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Crif Dogs

113 St. Marks Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Panna II

93 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Otafuku

220 E. 9th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Streecha

33 E. 7th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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5 comments
Themsthefacts
Themsthefacts

Xi'an is NOT a province of China, it is a city in Shaanxi -- that place with the terracotta warriors, anyone? C'mon Village Voice...

John Brown007
John Brown007

Like the Xian famous foods selection, but other than that this list is seriously lacking- especially when considering you are talking about the East Village- one of the best restaurant neighborhoods in the world!!! Village Voice needs to learn from LA Weekly and hire a smart, irreverent, ethnic-food loving writer like Jonathan Gold... Yeah, he's like the Kareem of food critics, but that's your model.

Issac
Issac

Boycott the Ukranian Church basement place on 7th St. A dish of sauerkraut fell on the dirty kitchen floor and they just scooped it up and sold it to customers. I was really disgusted and left.

Joethree
Joethree

Polish food is disgusting, without exception.  Your picture does nothing to change that.  You missed Artichoke, the most popular cheap eats in the East Village.  Love X'ian Famous Foods, even though the portions keep getting smaller.

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