Eat Cheaply: Hand-Filled Cannoli and French Lunch
We've combed the city once more for a list of cheap eats, tasty dishes under $10 meant to get you to your next paycheck. This week's roundup includes a dish ideal for weathering the polar vortex, a Chinatown mainstay, and a good, cheap burger that doesn't come from Shake Shack.
Hannah Palmer Egan Hand pulled noodles with duck from Tasty Handpulled Noodle
Tasty Handpulled Noodles, 1 Doyers Street, 212-791-1817
Most of the menu at this no-frills Chinatown noodle joint is under $10, excepting a few "chef's specialties" in the $10 to $15 range. But those specialties seem rather misnamed anyway; what Tasty Handpulled does best is also what it's named for -- so go with the noodles. We like the beef noodle soup with thin hand-pulled noodle, swimming in rich, boney broth with tender slices of beef, carrots, onions, and greens. The dumplings (get them fried), wrapped in super-thin handmade noodle casings, are a solid bet, as are the dry noodle, which we like with bone-in duck, its skin salted and crisped. -- Hannah Palmer Egan
Cannoli at Madonia Brothers Bakery, 2348 Arthur Avenue, Bronx, 718-295-5573
You could put together a cheap roving feast along the Bronx's Arthur Avenue (and, uh, we did, a couple of weeks ago). But after you've snacked your way through meats, cheeses, and roadside seafood stands, you'll want to pop into this bakery for dessert, where cannoli are filled to order. Spring for the large version at $2 a pop or have a small one for $1.25. -- Laura Shunk