Our 10 Best Meals in NYC Under $6

Prosperity Dumpling's sesame pancake with beef is so cheap ($1.75) that you can also afford an order of dumplings
Prosperity Dumpling's sesame pancake with beef is so cheap ($1.75) that you can also afford an order of dumplings

The principal lure of the cheap eat is, of course, its cheapness. But ultra-affordable food often has more going for it than thriftiness. The best are found in interesting digs--a nighttime food truck; a taqueria hidden in the back of a bodega; a noodle joint where you can watch the cook stretch the noodles by hand; a bustling Bronx Puerto Rican place staffed by ladies in hairnets, patronized by Yankees fans. They're the restaurants where most of the city actually eats, alive and vital in ways that most fine dining establishments can only dream of.

There are far more than 10 great cheap meals in New York, but we've put together a list of our current favorites. We've only included those foods that can be considered filling meals, which is why you won't find a Papaya dog on the list. Extra credit was given for extreme value. Read on to see our list of runners up.

Three tacos from Brooklyn's Deli and Grocery: Tongue, chorizo, and suadero for $1.50 each.
Three tacos from Brooklyn's Deli and Grocery: Tongue, chorizo, and suadero for $1.50 each.

Presenting the runners up, in no particular order.

Deli and Grocery: Three tacos (total: $4.50). 780 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn

Saigon Banh Mi Bakery: Banh Mi #1 (total: $3.50). 138 Mott Street, 212-941-1541

Yafa Deli: Two pieces of fried chicken (total: $2.50). 907 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 718- 789-8630

Ba Xuyen: Roast pork banh mi (total: $3.50). 4222 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-633-6601

Q Mart Asian Gourmet: Five massive (really massive) mandoo dumplings (total: $5.99). 22112 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens, 718-428-4748

Guerrero Food Center: Huarache with the marinated, spicy pork called enchilada (total: $3.50). 722 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-499-8653

East Corner Wonton: Duck and red-glazed pork ribs over rice, a poached egg, tea, and scallion-ginger relish (total: $5.25). 70 East Broadway, 212-343-9896

Madina Restaurant: Chapli kabob with salad (total: $4). 563 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-469-3535

Pho Grand: Xe Lua--large bowl of combination pho (total: $5.95). 277 Grand Street, 212-965-5366

Dai Wah Yummy City: Cantonese roast pork and duck combo (total: $4.50). 7218 Eighteenth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-837-8818

Read on to see the winners in the 10th-sixth places.

Will Mumbai Xpress's vada pao ($1.99) make the list?
Will Mumbai Xpress's vada pao ($1.99) make the list?


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