Where to Eat Cheaply This Week


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re coupled up, it’s likely you’re gearing up to spend a wad of cash. Pinch your pennies and still eat well at this line-up of cheap eats, a list of sub-$10 dishes you can find across the boroughs.

Duzan, 2411 Steinway Street, Queens, 718-204-7488
On the Little Egypt strip of Steinway Street that runs between Astoria Boulevard and 28th Avenue, Duzan is a gem that could be easily overlooked for its fast food ambiance. But inside, visitors will find warm hospitality and what some argue is the best falafel in the city. Pick up a sandwich — falafel and shawarma are the most popular — wrapped in fresh, warm pita (from $5), or get a platter with a side of salad and french fries or rice (from $7). –Alanna Schubach

Pho Pasteur, 85 Baxter Street, 212-608-3656
Across the street from the Tombs in city government land, Pho Pasteur serves up huge, steaming noodle soups to warm your wintery heart. Most of the menu rings in at under $10, but we’re particularly smitten with the super-simple pho chin nam ($5.50) with tender Vietnamese brisket and vegetables, just waiting to be piled high with crisp bean sprouts and basil. –Hannah Palmer Egan

Crif Dogs, 113 St. Marks Place (multiple locations), 212-614-2728
Sometimes, despite what you might read or your purported moral obligation to ethical ingredients, a hot dog is just the thing to hit the spot, and when that urge arises, you head to Crif Dogs. The morning Jersey combo — a fried egg and melted cheese atop a Taylor ham wrapped hot dog — clocks in at $5.50, an especially good deal because it’s bold enough to take care of your breakfast and lunch. –Billy Lyons

Full House, 97 Bowery, 212-925-8083
Many diners go gaga for soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai, but the ones at this spacious, neon-boothed Bowery standby are better. Get the plain pork ones ($5.25): Bite off the twisted tip of the paper-thin pouches, suck out the deeply porky broth, snack on the small bit of piggy mystery meat inside, and thank us later. –Hannah Palmer Egan

Il Bambino, 34-08 31st Avenue, Queens, 718-626-0087
Il Bambino offers intensely flavorful riffs on that otherwise played-out lunch item, the panini. $10 might sound steep for a sandwich, but these are massive and could be easily stretched into two meals; the prosciutto with gorgonzola dolce and fig, for instance, is a delightfully sweet and pungent choice. In addition to the range of pressed sandwiches, there are also crostini ($7) and tapas — and a “chickpea panzanella” with feta ($8) is a healthy and filling nod to Greek Astoria. –Alanna Schubach