Just about anything from Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop (174 Fifth Avenue, 212-675-5096), $2.50-$10
In the center of Manhattan, this diner still turns out an affordable menu packed with old New York classics.
Eisenberg’s has been raising NYC’s cholesterol since 1929, the restaurant proudly proclaims on its website and menu. And it’s been doing that cheaply: Even as prices have climbed in other delis and diners around town, this Flatiron joint has turned out pastrami sandwiches, meatloaf platters, and even bagels with lox for well under 10 bucks. In fact, nothing on the menu is priced higher than $12 — and dishes that reach that mark often come with all manner of sides. We frequently opt for the $10 pastrami sandwich, the $8 whitefish salad sandwich, the $7.50 tuna melt, or a cup of $4 Manhattan clam chowder. The latter is served only on Fridays, but you can pair it to an egg cream and still get out of there feeling thrifty.
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Restaurants open at a dizzying pace in New York City, and keeping up with what’s hot takes some serious cash. If you — like us — need the occasional reprieve from a food-forward spending spree, you’re likely always on the lookout for cheap eats of high quality. In this space each day, we’ll highlight a tasty dish that rings in for less than $10, spotlighting places worth checking out when you’d like to get full while giving your wallet a break. Know of a great affordable bite? Email us.