A visit to New York City is never complete without trying the vast melting pot of cuisines that make up its cafes and restaurants.

Top Cheap Eats to Try in New York

A visit to New York City is never complete without trying the vast melting pot of cuisines that make up its cafes and restaurants. It’s said that you can literally eat your way around the world without ever leaving the city, and that is definitely the truth. Luckily for foodies, budding gourmets and cost-conscious travelers, these gastronomical trails can be traveled on a budget.



Located in the West Village section of Greenwich Village, by CHLOE is within easy reach of the campus of New York University. This vegan dining cafe is the brainchild of Chef Chloe Coscarelli, as she creates new and classic dishes solely from plant-based ingredients. Casual and cozy, even meat lovers will find something on the menu to call their own.

NYC By Chloe Restaurant
The Dinner Crowd at by CHLOE on Bleecker Street / CheapOair Staff


Just one of the NYC locations of this Middle East inspired eatery. Enjoy vegetarian favorites like falafel and hummus, along with heaping plates of shawarma filled with hand-carved roasted meat. Complete your meal with a side dish of fluffy saffron rice and a soft slice of pita bread so good it could be a dessert offering on its own.

NYC Mamoun's Falafel
Mamoun’s Falafel / Angela N. Creative Commons


This Ukrainian restaurant located in the East Village features favorites and comfort foods from the “old country.” Diners flock to reminisce with each other over big bowls of homemade beet borscht and several varieties of boiled pierogies. Best of all, a meal can be ordered with the bill not exceeding a crisp $20 bill.

A blintz at Veselka
A Blintz at Veselka / Jason Riedy. Creative Commons

Bill’s Bar and Burger

Bill’s Bar and Burger is well represented in NYC with locations on Ninth Avenue, West Street and Rockefeller Center. Diners find their menu perfect any time of the day or night, and their creative list of artisan beers well worth the trip. While enjoying a meal, a fun (although sometimes loud) atmosphere prevails and families with youngsters feel right at home.

NYC Bill's Bar and Burger Meatpacking District
Bill’s Bar and Burger, Meatpacking District / Alexander Baxevanis. Creative Commons

Pi Bakerie

Delicious Greek food at affordable prices. Try the yogurt, thick and sweet as vanilla frosting. Enjoy a fluffy slice of pie filled with savory spices. Sample several entrees with a combination plate, just save room for desserts like baklava drizzled with honey.


Tortilleria Nixtamal

Artistically designed tortillas join authentic soups, salads and tacos in this Tacqueria. Two locations in the Corona section of the NYC borough of Queens attest to its popularity with diehard enthusiasts of Mexican food. Visitors can stop by to watch the production of their “100% fresh corn tortillas” daily, as well as take home menu selections from their Aztec bakery and kitchen.

NYC Tortilla Machine at Tortilleria Nixtamal
The Tortilla Machine at Tortilleria Nixtamal / Daniel Latorre.  Creative Commons


Spumoni Gardens

You haven’t tasted real Italian cuisine until you’ve visited this family owned and operated restaurant. A selection of sauces, seafood, pizza and chicken dishes complete the menu. Because almost everything on the menu is under $20, we know you’ll want to save room for their famous Spumoni ice cream.

NYC Spumoni Gardens Square Pizza
L&B Spumoni Gardens Square Pizza / Kim. Creative Commons

Do you have a favorite “Cheap Eats” spot in New York City? Someplace where everyone is welcome, the food remains high caliper and the prices are low. Let us know, because we’re always looking for our next meal at the right price on our travels around the world.

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