10 Best Incredibly Cheap Eats in New York

Get this Korean fried assortment for less than $5 at Boon Sik Zip.

Despite the upscaling of restaurants in general, and common foodstuffs in particular, there is still hope for eating some great stuff, even if you aren't rich. We set ourselves the challenge of finding the best meals $5 or under, and this is what we came up with. Please tell us of similar places that you like. If we visit and do a piece - you'll get credit for it among the dancing electrons of Fork in the Road.

10. Deep Fried Assortment at Boon Sik Zip in Food Gallery 32 - This open-late Korean food court is a wonderland of cheap eats, and it's hard to spend $10 here. Yet, our $5 limit was something of a challenge, until we stumbled on this amazing $4.99 assortment of tempura-fried food, including squid, white sweet potato, pumpkin, and vermicelli-filled kelp rolls. With the dipping sauce, it makes a very cheery and nutritious meal. 11 West 32nd Street, 212-967-1678

9. Falafel at Oasis - Yes, you can get a cheaper falafel than the one here that costs $3, but you can't get a better or bigger one. This beauty has three big balls, pickled cabbage, tahini, hot sauce, and various other roughages on a pita soft enough to be a winter mitten. Will it fill you up? I defy you to finish it! 161 North Seventh Street, Brooklyn, 718-218-7607

8. Quarter chicken at 2 Bros. - While this is one of the places offering 75 cent pizza, another specialty has recently appeared on the counter - a quarter roasted chicken, annealed with either plain, jerk, or barbecue sauces. The birds are baked in the pizza oven, then kept warm in the steam cabinet, so the flesh becomes even more tender. With as much yellow rice studded with vegetables as you want to eat. The price? $2! 1015 Sixth Avenue, 212-575-1216


Location Info



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37-33 74th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Mei Wei Kitchen

82-53 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY

Category: Restaurant

Wah Fung No. 1 Fast Food

79 Chrystie St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bombay Fast Food & Pizza

1013 6th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


1 Beard St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Tacos Cachanilla

5807 5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Cachanilla

5807 5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Yi Zhang Fishball, Inc.

9 Eldridge St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


161 N. Seventh St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Food Gallery 32

11 W. 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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Would have liked to see a little more variety in this list. Most of the restaurants you've featured are Asian cuisine. 

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