Food

A $6.50 Fried Fish Sandwich and Dishes From Russia Among This Week’s Cheap Eats

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This week’s round-up of cheap eats takes us to three boroughs and four continents, highlighting dishes from all corners of the former Soviet Union and an Uruguayan regional specialty. So if you’re strapped for cash, you can still eat well.

Kebeer, 1003 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-934-9005
If the Olympic spirit moves you to enjoy a cheap Russian-influenced meal, you could do worse than Kebeer, a spacious beer garden whose cuisine hits most corners of the former Soviet Union. Try a plate of lamb plav ($7.50), Uzbek for “pilaf,” with green peas and carrots. Or tatse manty ($6.50), plump, salty lamb dumplings with plenty of onion that come with or without soup. –Hannah Palmer Egan

Fried whiting sandwich at Famous Fish Market, 684 St. Nicholas Avenue, 212-491-8323
Harlem is a fried fish utopia, you just have to know where to look. Nestled into the ground floor of an apartment building with a lone awning for identification, it’s easy to miss this bare-walled, nondescript fried seafood counter provided there’s no line out the door (a common sight). One of the reasons for those waits, the towering fried whiting sandwich ($6.50) centers around a gnarled tangle of greaseless fish fried crisp in peppery batter. Served between two pillow-soft slices of wheat bread, the flaky white fish begs for both hot and tartar sauces. Dress your sandwich with a few liberal squeezes from the condiment bottles and indulge in a superlative neighborhood favorite. –Zachary Feldman
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La Churreria, 284 Mulberry Street, 212-219-0400
Tucked away on a lesser traveled stretch of Mulberry Street in NoLIta is La Churreria, a churro cafe by the team behind paella purveyor Socarrat. In addition to its eponymous offering, La Churreria deals Spanish interpretations of classic cafe fare including eggs, salads, and bikinis — toasted Spanish panini sandwiches. The vast majority of the menu rings in at $10 or less, which makes this spot an inspired option for the budget conscious. –John Luong

Chorizo sandwich at El Chivito D’Oro, 8402 37th Avenue, Queens, 718-424-0600
This Jackson Heights Uruguayan steakhouse specializes in heaping platters of unfettered grilled meat: Order the parrillada for one, and you’ll get beef steak, sweet bread, sausage, blood sausage, veal steak — and you’ll need to supplement with sides if you want to eat something other than protein. You could assemble a group of friends and feast heartily for right around ten bucks a person, but if you’re really on a budget, go for a different regional specialty: the fat, juicy chorizo sandwich, built on crusty white bread. It’s just $4.50. –Laura Shunk

Miso, 40 Main Street, Brooklyn, 718-858-8388
Sidle up to the sushi bar in Miso’s spartan DUMBO dining room for an affordable reprieve from your fats-and-starch winter diet. Most of Miso’s smaller dishes are under $10, including hot and cold apps and most standard rolls. And on a cold winter’s night, a bowl of miso soup ($2) and a classic roll are both healthful and nourishing. Since it’s still winter, maybe opt for a mayo-based roll: We like the spicy salmon and spicy yellowtail ($6). –Hannah Palmer Egan