Our Five Best Cheap Eats This Week
Tax Day no doubt left at least a few of you feeling a little bit poorer, and it's for you especially this week that we present a list of five great NYC restaurants where you can eat for less than $10. Nothing striking your fancy? Check out our Cheap Eats archives for more ideas.
Laura Shunk Francela
Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos, 271 Starr Street, Brooklyn, 718-456-3422
Part tortilla factory, part taco counter, this Bushwick standby is favored by longtime residents and noobs alike, and it offers the cheapest of cheap delights (no dish tops $3.25) and some of the most authentic Mexican cooking this side of the Rocky Mountains. Taquitos ($1.50), which, true to name, are small tacos (not skinny fried tortilla rolls) are the best choice if you crave variety; four of these make a hearty meal for $6. Go for the spicy pork, crumbled red with annato and chile, and just a hair less musky than the chorizo, which is sweeter and firmer. We also like the beef or plain pork...top it with green chile salsa for an extra kick, and sip a sweet Mexican Coke or BYO Corona. --Hannah Palmer Egan
Francela, 1429 Third Avenue, 212-335-0022
This new-ish Upper East Side Turkish restaurant is one of the city's best grab-and-go options, and that makes it a good stop if you're planning a picnic for Central Park. The counter vends its vegetarian sides by the pound, and you can put together a plate of spinach and garlic, baba ghanoush, hummus, cacik (yogurt with cucumber), and cracked wheat salad for under $10. Or opt for a cup of lentil soup, another traditional Turkish dish, and pair it to the outlet's stellar homemade lemonade. --Laura Shunk