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Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village

I love restaurant hopping. Whenever a friend visits from Los Angeles, I'll take them on an extensive eating tour of the East Village where we'll eat at four to five restaurants consecutively without stopping. My only condition: We can only order one dish between the two of us to share.

By the end of the evening, we're stuffed to the brim, and my guest is sufficiently exposed to the different cuisines and restaurant atmospheres the area has to offer--without having to dish out an insane amount of money.

Here are our picks of great unique places in the East Village to go restaurant hopping. Most of these are order-at-the-counter, which means no tip required and less strain on the wallet.

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village

10. Mamoun's Falafel Ah. The quintessential drunk food. Mamoun's iconic $2.50 falafel will draw a long line of New Yorkers and tourists alike everyday of the week. Truth be told, it doesn't have the best falafel in New York City like it claims--but it's the value and quick service that makes the joint worth stopping by.

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village
Clarissa Wei

9. Pommes Frites You can't go wrong with fries. Beware of the long lines past 9 p.m., but the Belgian steak fries here are crisp to perfection and fried when ordered. The regular size, at $4.50, is more than enough for two. Pair them with the Vietnamese pineapple mayo and the sweet mango chutney sauce for a slightly sweet and salty combination.

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village
Clarissa Wei

8. Peels Peels is a great place to stop for brunch, and its build-a-biscuit option is a hearty choice that is sure to jump-start your day. The buttermilk biscuit starts at $3, and additional ingredients range from $0.50 (red-eye gravy) to $3 (local organic scrambled egg).

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village
Xi'an Famous Foods

7. Xi'an Famous Foods Try deviating a little from the typical Sichuan and American-Chinese fare in Manhattan with this restaurant. The joint draws inspiration from Xi'an, a province in China. It serves up Western Chinese comfort food and is known for its lamb burgers ($3) and hand-pulled noodles ($6-$7).

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village
Clarissa Wei

6. Caracas Arepa Bar Arepas are Venezuelan tapas. Think corn-flour rounds stuffed with beans, chicken, and guacamole paired with a spicy hot sauce. The line here can get really long, but thankfully they have an entire section devoted to takeout. We recommend the Da Pabellon (shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese, and sweet plantains) for $7.50.

 

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village
Clarissa Wei

5. Sigiri Chances are you've never had Sri Lankan food before Sigiri. Well, neither did we. The portion sizes here are more than enough for two. Everything is family-style. The chicken lamprais ($15.25) will give you a well-rounded first-time experience. It's rice served with chicken, fish cutlet, boiled egg, ash plantains, and eggplant wrapped in a banana leaf.

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village

4. Crif Dogs Crif Dogs is another one of those late night post-drinking spots, but there's a reason the tables are always full. They offer creative takes on the classic hot dog like their Jon-Jon Deragon (cream cheese, scallions, and everything bagel seeds) for $3.75.

 

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village

3. Panna II This BYOB is insane. Although the food is standard Indian fare, the main draw here is the atmosphere. You'll feel like you stepped into Christmas with the dangling lights and seizure-inducing decorations. It can get a bit claustrophobic in here, but head in with a plus one, bring a bottle of booze, and tell the servers it's your birthday. The entire restaurant will turn into a light show.

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village
Clarissa Wei

2. Otafuku Get your takoyaki, yakisoba, and okonomiyaki fix here. Otafuku is literally a hole in the wall. The takoyaki, or octopus balls, goes for $5 for six pieces and comes out creamy and piping hot.

 

Our 10 Best Cheap Eats for Tourists in the East Village
John Zhong

1. Streecha It's only open during select hours during the weekend, but this hidden Ukrainian kitchen serves up varenyky, borscht, and stuffed cabbages for cheap prices. It wins our nomination for best cheap, unique eat simply because you can order the entire menu for under $20.

Check our more of our food blog, Fork in the Road. And follow us on Twitter at ForkintheRoadVV. Contact me here or follow me @dearclarissa

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Mamoun's Falafel

22 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10003

212-387-7747

www.mamouns.com

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Pommes Frites

123 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003

212-674-1234

www.pommesfrites.ws

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Peels - Closed

325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

646-602-7015

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Xi'an Famous Foods

81 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10003

212-786-2068

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Caracas Arepa Bar
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Sigiri

91 First Ave.
New York, NY 10003

212-614-9333

www.sigirinyc.com

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Crif Dogs

113 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10009

212-614-2728

www.crifdogs.com

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Panna II

93 First Ave.
New York, NY 10003

212-598-4610

www.panna2.com

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Otafuku

220 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10003

646-998-3438

www.otafukuny.com

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Streecha

33 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003

212-674-1615


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