Our Five Best Cheap Eats in NYC This Week
Pinch your pennies this week by feasting on pho, Portuguese sandwiches, and huevos rotos at a new bakery. Not a single dish on this list will cost you more than $10.
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Parm, 248 Mulberry Street, 212-993-7189 The Major Food Group has built a veritable Italian kingdom with Torrisi, Carbone, and ZZ's Clams, and you'll have to part with a few clams yourself if you'd like to partake. But there is a way to experience this quintessential New York restaurant group for less than $10, and that's at Parm. The sandwich shop still serves a variety of sandwiches for $9 (so long as you order your chicken or meatball parm on a roll), and they make a reasonable lunch. Come dinner, you'll likely be tempted to fill out your order with appetizers, salads, and potatoes. -- Laura Shunk
Omelet at La Toulousaine, 942 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-866-2253 These aren't the best omelets you've ever had, but the folded beauties at this Manhattanville bakery are a pleasing combination of dense and fluffy. What makes them all the more worthwhile, though, is their price: $7.75. In a town where lesser breakfasts cost considerably more, these eggy dishes -- with tony fillings like zucchini and goat cheese -- are all the more special. Add a few slices of the airy house baguette and you're in business. -- Zachary Feldman
City Sandwich, 649 Ninth Avenue, 646-684-3943 Chef Michael Guerrieri was born in Naples, raised in New York, and spent formative years of his young adulthood in Portugal, and he brings all of that background to bear on a menu of superlative sandwiches up in Hell's Kitchen. The behemoth beauties on his list are stuffed with everything from roast beef and broccoli rabe to shrimp and watercress to pickled sardines. The majority are sub-10 bucks, and there are plenty of veg-friendly options here, too. Us, we'd go with the Portuguese blood sausage, which comes with broccoli rabe and mozzarella. -- Laura Shunk
Huevos Rotos at Hogar Dulce Hogar, 341 West Broadway, 347-705-2290 Take a pot of lightly fried French-cut potatoes (soft and moist, not crisp like you'd want them with a burger), scatter with a generous portion of chewy, musky Spanish ham or bright red, spicy chorizo, and throw an over-easy egg on top. You'll want to break the egg, let it seep down through the fries, and eat it as fast as you can. It's called Huevos Rotos (broken eggs) at a new Basque Bakery on West Broadway, and it'll change the way you think about breakfast. Note: the full order is two eggs, but they'll gladly make a half order, and at $8.50, it'll keep you running through the afternoon. Also, the bakery's signature dish, the torrija, is a sweet, rich treat at $2.50. -- Hannah Palmer Egan
Bia, 67 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-0908 We're just beginning to entertain the idea of patio meals again, and Bia has a great one -- it's a rooftop deck under the Williamsburg bridge that fills with beer drinkers and snackers come summertime. But even if it's too cold to sit up there, it's worth stopping here for Vietnamese fare; bowls of pho, bun, and Vietnamese sandwiches are all priced under $10. Our go-to order here, by the way, is the pho bo, a nuanced beef noodle soup, the small size of which is only $6. Have a bowl and then settle in for a couple of brews. -- Laura Shunk
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