Eat Cheaply: Mexican, Pakistani, and Uruguayan Fare
Spendy weekend? Need to tighten the belt to make it to your next paycheck? We have you covered. Our cheap eats this week span the globe without leaving the boroughs. Not a single one will set you back more than $10.
Oaxaca Taqueria via Facebook
Oaxaca Taqueria, multiple locations
One of a slew of new places to open along Bedford Avenue in Bed-Stuy in the last few months, Oaxaca Taco gets points for delivering hearty portions of Gringo Mexicano ("authentic," it is not, but we're OK with that) at slim prices. During lunch, you could go for a lunch special -- two tacos, enchiladas, a quesadilla, or a torta, with salsa, rice, and beans -- for $7.95 and not have to eat for hours. We like the burritos -- full-on pints of rice, beans, and whatever meat you so choose. For the $6-$8 you'll spend, they're a full-on feast, or two smaller meals at lower-than-Chipotle prices, made with comparable quality and freshness. --Hannah Palmer Egan
Lahore Deli, 132 Crosby Street, 212-965-1777
A cheap eats haven for taxi drivers and downtown shoppers, Lahore's cramped storefront -- punctuated by a nondescript backlit sign on Crosby Street -- is an instant escape from the tumult of SoHo. Vegetable samosas are paunchy and fried to a golden crisp, holding a seasoned mash of turmeric-inflected potatoes and peas. Diners can pick up the $1 snacks anytime, as this deli stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other highlights ladled forth from Lahore's steam trays include spicy mashed cauliflower, chicken kabobs, silky lentil soup, and heavy containers of meat-studded biryani. End your meal with the deep-fried milk solids dumpling called gulab jamun, which comes submerged in spiced sugar syrup. --Zachary Feldman