Eat Cheaply: Dumplings, Hot Dogs, and Tabouli Salad
While we comb the boroughs for good meals, we're always on the lookout for cheap eats, and we round up five of those sub-$10 meals for you here each week. This week's line-up includes wontons and dumplings, hot dogs, and a pair of Middle Eastern restaurants in different parts of Manhattan.
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Happy hour at Ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, 212-683-2929
We favor this spot as a post-work go-to in the Flatiron neighborhood thanks to a happy hour that runs from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. During that window, dip into some hummus, have a little labne with vegetables, or snag the beef shawarma, substantial enough to be a light dinner. Nothing on the list climbs above $9, and you can pair your bites to a reasonably priced drink or two, too. --Laura Shunk
HK Wonton Garden, 79 Mulberry Street, 212-349-1495
This place is known for its namesake wontons, and those are pleasantly plump, stuffed with pork and shrimp. At around $5 with noodles and broth, they are a worthy lunch any day of the week. But HK Wonton's sleeper cheap eats are the dumplings: fist-sized and steamed soft, you'll only need two (maybe three) to feel full. We like the vegetarian ones, cased in thinnest noodle wraps and stuffed with diced mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, onion, and glass noodles. These also come with or without noodles, in broth or dry, or stuffed with pork and chive or shrimp and pork. --Hannah Palmer Egan