Dine on a Dime

New York has great affordable restaurants too!

Here’s a list of restaurants from cozy eateries to chic sushi, all at very affordable prices. Search the list by neighborhood and enjoy your dinner in NYC. Get out of Times Square and experience the real Big Apple. All restaurant information and reviews were taken from citysearch.com and zagat.com. Each restaurant is 4 star in quality, but only rated $ (under $20) for cost, symbolizing excellent food at low to moderate prices. Subway directions have been included to assist in your travel.

Chelsea Neighborhood

Artepasta
81 Greenwich Ave
Phone: 646-402-6909
Average entrée: $14
Directions: 1, 2, 3 @14th Street
Brick and sunflower-colored walls and paintings from local artists create a homey vibe while customers gobble down classic dishes like lump crab cakes, homemade butternut squash ravioli and filet mignon marsala. artepastanyc.com

El Cantinero
86 University Pl
Phone: 212-255-9378
Average entrée: $15
Directions: L, N, Q, R,
This festively-decorated Mexican restaurant caters mostly to nearby NYU students and locals lured in by sangria, margaritas, and dinner discounts. elcantineronyc.com

Tir Na Nog
5 Penn Plz
Phone: 212-630-0249
Average entrée: $18
Directions: A, C, E @34TH Street
With authentic food, antique woodwork, wood and stone floors, stained glass, chandeliers, vintage photos and bric-a-brac, the pub setting feels homey and welcoming. tirnanognyc.com

Cafetasia
38 E 8th St
Phone: 212-529-2363
Average entrée: $12
Directions: 6 @ Astor Place
Wood-slatted walls, tropical greenery and a presiding Buddha make up a stylish backdrop for the Eastern-inspired cuisine, from Japanese soba salad to Malaysian massaman curry to Laotian-style chicken. cafetasia.com

MJ Armstrong's
329 1st Ave
Phone: 212-358-9946
Average entrée: $13
Directions: L to 1st Ave
With a classic pub decor and vibe, M.J. Armstrong's gives locals a relaxed spot to eat, unwind and drink. mjarmstrongs.com

McCormack's
365 3RD Ave
Phone: 212-683-0911
Average entrée: $14
Directions: 6 @ 28th Street
Old-school McCormack's hosts a crowd of shepherd's pie devotees from late afternoon to late night. In the evening, the friendly crew of bartenders makes it a popular pub for slurping Irish stew and Guinness alike. mccormacks.net

Greenwich Village Neighborhood

Cafe Condesa
183 W 10th St
Phone: 212-352-0050
Average entrée: $12
Directions: 1 @Christopher Street - Sheridan Square
The friendly staff whips up a menu that dips back and forth across the Atlantic, running the gamut from bagels to soft-boiled eggs with jamon serrano for breakfast, and from Cobb salad to Spanish meatballs with pilaf for lunch and dinner. cafecondesa.com

San Loco
124 2nd Avenue
Phone: 212-260-7948
Average entrée: $7
Directions: 6 @ Astor Place; N, R, W @ 8th Street
This Mexican joint's kitchen churns out a homemade menu of tacos hard and soft, wrapped in tortillas stuffed with guacamole, cheese or black beans; burritos of beef, breaded catfish, pork pipian and chipotle chicken; plus a choice of four sauces from mild to just plain "stupid." sanloco.com

La Lanterna Caffe
129 MacDougal St
Phone: 212-529-5945
Average entrée: $12
Directions: A, C, E, B, D, F, V @ W 4th Street
The menu--so large it almost covers the tiny table--lists dinner, snacks and a rambling wine list, in addition to creamy cappuccino and a selection of international desserts, and panini or pizzettes loaded with fresh Italian ingredients such as prosciutto, mozzarella and artichokes make it worth staying for dinner. lalanternacaffe.com

Room Service
166 8th Ave
Phone: 646-233-2718
Average entrée: $12
Directions: A, C, E, @14th Street; L @8th Ave
Hotel room doors sporadically appear throughout the racy design of the Thai restaurant. The menu ranges from authentic pad Thai encased by an egg omelet to the more modern seared duck glazed with an espresso sauce. roomservicerestaurant.com

Little Italy Neighborhood

Chatham Square Restaurant
6 Chatham Square
Phone: 845-694-4668
Average entrée: Not available
Directions: 6, J, M, Z, N, R, Q, W @Canal Street Wallet-friendly Chinese restaurant heaps on the dim sum and other seafood, in addition to made-to-order noodle dishes and lunch specials.

Broome Street Bar
363 W Broadway
Phone: 212-925-2086
Average entrée: $10
Directions: C, E @ Spring Street; N, R @ Prince Street
In its relaxed atmosphere this American Bistro serves lunch and dinner, including daily specials, all for a low, moderate price. The bar offers an extensive beer menu and selection of wines. Stop in, unwind, and be merry. broomstreetbar.ypguides.net

Midtown Neighborhood

Gente
153 E 45th St
Phone: (347) 394-2639
Average entrée: $17
Directions: S; 4, 5, 6; 7 at 42nd St-Grand Central Terminal
A touch of Milan in New York City; serving authentic Italian food under black-and-white blow-ups of film stars like Marilyn Monroe and David Niven, young professionals settle into this film noir-ish spot to appreciate their inexpensive bottles of wine and tasty dinner menu. Service is very efficient and practical. genteny.com

Annie Moore's
50 E 43rd St
Phone: 212-986-7826
Average entrée: $15
Directions: S, 4, 5, 6, 7 @42nd Street
Authentic Irish pub serves classics like fish-and-chips, shepherd's pie, and corned beef and cabbage. annimooresnyc.com

Keats Restaurant
842 2nd Ave
Phone: 212-682-5490
Average entrée: $10
Directions: 4, 5, 6, 7, S @ Grand Central; 6, E, V @ Lexington-3rd Aves-51st Street
American restaurant and bar offers dancing, drink specials and weekend karaoke. keatsrestaurant.com

 

Chinatown Neighborhood

Doyer's Vietnamese
11-13 Doyers St., downstairs
Phone: 212-513-1521
Average entrée: Not provided
Directions: N, Q, R, W, J, M, Z, 6 to Canal Street
The Chinatown basement locale may be hard to find, but this windowless dive is one of the "best Vietnamese bargains" around.

Pho Viet Huong
73 Mulberry St.
Phone: 212-233-8988
Average entrée: $18
Directions: J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6 @ Canal Street
In the "no-frills Chinatown" mold, this Vietnamese standby delivers "superior", "bargain"-rate dishes to tantalize the taste buds; its noodle soups are the highlight pho sure, but the extensive menu boasts plenty of other choices for a quick lunch.

Upper East/West Side Neighborhood

City Diner
2441 Broadway
Phone: 212-877-2720
Average entrée: Not available
Directions: 1 to 86th Street; 1, 2, 3, to 96th Street
Overstuffed sandwiches, soups, salads, vegetarian platters, pastas, seafood entrees and more, served up 24/7.

 

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