Peking Duck Buns from the stall outside Corner 28, Our Cheap Eat of the Day


Peking Duck Buns from the stall outside Corner 28 (4028 Main Street, Queens, 718-886-6628), $1

Nearly all the pleasures of a Peking duck feast in your hand…for a buck.

A familiar sight to any food enthusiast intent on unearthing Flushing’s secrets, the Peking duck sandwiches sold from the stall attached to Corner 28 restaurant on the bustling neighborhood’s main drag easily rank as one of the finest cheap eats in New York. Fluffy steamed bao hug slices of tender, hand-carved duck sporting crisp skin, crunchy scallions and cucumbers, and a healthy dousing of sweet and piquant hoisin sauce. It’s not on the same level as some of the grander restaurants devoted to the craft, but at $1 per bun, cheap eats rarely come cheaper or more delicious; the bao is a sturdier canvas than the traditional steamed pancake, making it easier to eat on the go. Close to the subway and take-out only, we love starting and ending our Flushing trips with these sauced-up beauties.

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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.