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Our Real Cheap Mission
This is an insiders’ guide to New York’s tastiest restaurants, counters and carts.
Helping readers experience the edible in all five boroughs, this guide distinctly focuses on foods that:

  • are truly cheap (every dish highlighted is $10 or less)
  • are surely delicious (some of the best meals in NYC are surprisingly affordable)
  • reflect the diversity of New York’s many culinary communities.

A simple digest of recommendations from local food bloggers.
A simple mobile display on iOS and Android.
No slide shows, no click-throughs, no advertisements.

Click on a borough to see what’s cooking.
Real food. Real New York. Real Cheap.

Cheap Eats in Manhattan


Cheeky Sandwiches on the Lower East Side - Photo by James Boo

Cheap Eats in Queens


Uncle Zhou in Elmhurst - Photo by Zandy Mangold

Cheap Eats in Brooklyn


David's Brisket House in Bed-Stuy - Photo by Robyn Lee

Cheap Eats in the Bronx


Neerob in Parkchester - Photo by L.O.

Cheap Eats on Staten Island


Nonna's Pizza on Staten Island - Photo by Jeff Orlick


17 Responses to Welcome to Real Cheap Eats NYC

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    I love that this site highlights not just food under $10, but foods which sound totally yummy, interesting, different, exotic, …

  2. legacy0100 says:


  3. Carolyn Lengel says:

    A couple of clicks and I found places near my office that I’ve never tried. Got my next couple of lunches planned, thanks to you!

  4. Amanda says:

    Love the site! This is exactly what I was looking for, and I’m glad some good eats actually exist in my FiDi area!

    You may want to consider posting operating hours for these food spots. That’d be super helpful!

    Thanks for the awesome tips =)

  5. Layne says:

    Such a great idea. We should start a Real Cheap Eats in Berlin!

  6. Austin says:

    Just had a cheeky sammy and I’m hooked! Great site, definitely my go to in nyc.

  7. marc says:

    i like the diversity foods plus neighborhoods eats you provide info on

  8. Nicholas says:

    This website is really enjoyable, allowing a native New Yorker to immerse myself in these hidden eateries. Thank you for your fantastic efforts. I appreciate this blog and you guys shall continue with the good work.

  9. monica says:

    Hello, you had a tv segment about NYC Chinatown last week and I went to the clay pot restaurant you suggested….A-Wah restaurant…..and it was outstanding! What a great deal for $8.95. You also suggested a dim sum restaurant and I would like to try that one as well however I failed to copy down the name.
    Would you be able to provide that?

    Thanks in advance.

    • James Boo - The Eaten Path says:

      Monica – I’m glad you liked the clay pot rice! The dim sum restaurant we visited on CBS was Nom Wah, on Doyers St. It’s a great place to try a few dishes and get your bearings, without having to do the full 9 yards of cart-service dim sum. I personally recommend the steamed char siu bao (bbq pork bun), which was featured on the segment with Toni.

  10. Ben says:

    This site is a life saver, heading to nyc in nov for 3 weeks and was wanting to not spend a fortune on food. Pretty much have everyday sorted thanks to everything listed here!

  11. khaci says:


    Im a student and im going to NY end of january.
    I love NY as i often go there on holidays since im 12 but
    i have to reconsider the money i spend on food everytime i go there.
    This time, i will only eat on cheap restaurant which i think can be as good as others.
    I will try most of those you talk about and will come back to tell you if they REALLYYYY worth it lol.

    Thanks for sharing good plans!

  12. Stephanie says:

    What a wonderful resource! Thanks for putting together this site, it certainly helps people like me who want to have good food on a limited budget. I wanted to share a great restaurant that opened in the West Village. It’s a Southeast Asian restaurant called Vien that’s gluten-free and my average meal there each time is $10 or less. It’s a wonderful concept, sort of like an Asian Chipotle. Their food is absolutely delicious. I love that their meats are hormone and antibiotic free yet still affordable. It’s our office’s go to lunch place. You all should try it! They are located on 220 Varick Street. Their website is http://www.vienrestaurant.com It’s a great place for people who are gluten-free or have food allergies like myself.

  13. Crystal says:

    Could you update the blogs? Do you know how many eateries have updated their menus and prices, or gone out of business in the last 3 years?

    • James Boo - The Eaten Path says:

      Hi Crystal, we actually work regularly to keep every entry in our Guide updated in terms of price and closures. We have removed several entries because businesses closed down and conducted other maintenance to ensure that what you see on the web site reflects what you can go eat today. If you spot something that we’ve missed, though, please do let us know by commenting, and we’ll get right on it.

  14. amy says:

    you don’t have to post this but can you tell me the name of the bakery in Chinatown where you and toni on! purchased egg custard tarts.

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