A $6.50 Fried Fish Sandwich and Dishes From Russia Among This Week's Cheap Eats
This week's round-up of cheap eats takes us to three boroughs and four continents, highlighting dishes from all corners of the former Soviet Union and an Uruguayan regional specialty. So if you're strapped for cash, you can still eat well.
Zachary Feldman Famous Fish Market's whiting sandwich
Kebeer, 1003 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-934-9005
If the Olympic spirit moves you to enjoy a cheap Russian-influenced meal, you could do worse than Kebeer, a spacious beer garden whose cuisine hits most corners of the former Soviet Union. Try a plate of lamb plav ($7.50), Uzbek for "pilaf," with green peas and carrots. Or tatse manty ($6.50), plump, salty lamb dumplings with plenty of onion that come with or without soup. --Hannah Palmer Egan
Fried whiting sandwich at Famous Fish Market, 684 St. Nicholas Avenue, 212-491-8323
Harlem is a fried fish utopia, you just have to know where to look. Nestled into the ground floor of an apartment building with a lone awning for identification, it's easy to miss this bare-walled, nondescript fried seafood counter provided there's no line out the door (a common sight). One of the reasons for those waits, the towering fried whiting sandwich ($6.50) centers around a gnarled tangle of greaseless fish fried crisp in peppery batter. Served between two pillow-soft slices of wheat bread, the flaky white fish begs for both hot and tartar sauces. Dress your sandwich with a few liberal squeezes from the condiment bottles and indulge in a superlative neighborhood favorite. --Zachary Feldman