Strapped for cash? We’re serving up a fresh platter of five restaurants where you can eat for under $10.
White Bear, 135-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, 718-961-2322
White Bear makes our favorite wontons in the city — the pork-stuffed pouches come pooled in chili oil and covered in drifts of Szechuan peppercorns — they’re spicy, pungent, and utterly addicting, even if you think you’re already full. Get 10 of them for a measly $4. — Laura Shunk
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union Street, Brooklyn
Okay, so Royal Palms doesn’t actually have a kitchen. But the enterprising owners converted a loading dock into a food cart window, and each night, you’ll find one of the city’s best mobile vendors doling out wares for a song. Drinks and rounds of shuffleboard are also affordable, which means you can have what’ll feel like a big night out and come away without doing too much damage to your bank account. — Laura Shunk
Mee Thai, 180 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-8280
Upscale Thai dining has recently taken New York by storm, but if you’re in the market for cheap, authentic Thai, this place is a win, and it shines far beyond the standard pick-your-protein pad Thai or curry (though there is also that, and they’re fine renditions). For a taste of spring, go for a a fresh roll ($5.95), cool rice wraps stuffed with shredded fresh ginger, scallion, cucumber, carrots, sprouts, and herbs (and it’s a filling three rolls per order), or a green papaya salad ($5.95), sliced into long, crisp strings with green beans, peanuts, zippy lime dressing, and cilantro. For entrees, try prik khing ($8.95) stir-fried in spicy thai chile sauce with red pepper, string beans, and kaffir lime leaves and, yes, your protein of choice or a classic, hearty Massaman potato curry. — Hannah Palmer Egan
Charles’ Country Pan-Fried Chicken, 2839 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, 212-281-1800
Few things on the menu at this beloved fried chicken joint climb above 10 bucks, and nearly everything is served with hearty portions of sides. We recommend the fried chicken, naturally; the juicy bird is encased in flaky golden batter. Support your meal with mac and cheese and collards; you’ll get a slice of dense cornbread, too. If you’re really strapped for cash, check out the sandwich section, which should keep the damage to your wallet under $5. — Laura Shunk
Ed note: We’ve removed our cheap eat from This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef after learning the space shuttered late last month.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 8, 2014