Eat Cheaply: Mexican, Pakistani, and Uruguayan Fare
Oaxaca Taqueria via Facebook
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, 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
Souvlaki GR via Facebook
Souvlaki GR, 116 Stanton Street, 212-777-0116 After making a name in the mobile food arena as a Vendy award winner, Souvlaki GR opened a LES establishment while maintaining a food truck-inspired price point. With all of the mezedes (small plates/appetizers), salads, and charcoal-grilled pita sandwiches at $10 or less, one of the only ways to break the Hamilton mark here is by going with the paleo-friendly half-dozen chicken or pork skewers option. --John Luong
Chorizo at El Chivito d'Oro, 84-02 37th Avenue, Queens, 718-424-0600 Take a carnivorous group to this Uruguayan steakhouse, and you can feast heartily for cheap no matter what you order (keep in mind that platters come piled with meat -- one item per person is way too much). But if you're on a solo jaunt to Jackson Heights, stick to the chorizo, which rings in at $3.50. It'll come with a miniature crusty baguette, which you can use to make choripan, a traditional South American sandwich. --Laura Shunk
Spicy Village, 68B Forsyth Street, 212-625-8299 This Chinatown hole-in-the-wall traffics in affordable delights, and you'd be well-advised to hit it up for house-made handpulled noodles, which come in a variety of forms at around $5. The lamb humei ($6.25) is a fine choice; wide-cut noodles with hearty cubes of lamb, tossed in a spicy brown sauce, but we'll also take a hot steamer of soup dumplings any day of the week. --Hannah Palmer Egan
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