Westville's Smoky Mac & Cheese, Our Cheap Eat of the Day
Smoky mac & cheese from Westville (multiple locations), $8
A cold-weather favorite from a neighborhood staple.
There's a reason Westville spawned line-commanding spin-offs beyond its original West 10th Street location: It's a quintessential neighborhood joint, a casual spot that serve simple food made from good ingredients. And in a city where kitchens are roughly the size of bottle caps, it helps that this is a spot you can pop into when you don't feel like cooking but don't feel like going out -- because you're going to get a solid, unassuming meal for a solid price. There are many ways to get full here on a budget, but our favorite is the smoky mac & cheese, the appetizer portion of which is substantial enough to constitute one person's dinner. Glazed with gouda and baked until a crust forms on top, this dish is best with additional bits of porky bacon. Great for a cold day. (Speaking of which, check out our list of the 10 best macaroni and cheeses in NYC.)
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Restaurants open at a dizzying pace in New York City, and keeping up with what's hot takes some serious cash. If you -- like us -- need the occasional reprieve from a food-forward spending spree, you're likely always on the lookout for cheap eats of high quality. In this space each day, we'll highlight a tasty dish that rings in for less than $10, spotlighting places worth checking out when you'd like to get full while giving your wallet a break. Know of a great affordable bite? Email us.