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The recommendations and photographs from this guide come straight from members of New York’s food blogging community. As food writers and food reviewers who take a bite out of the five boroughs every day, we’ve learned that an unending appetite requires a sensible budget — and we’re happy to pass the savings on to our fellow New Yorkers.
Most of our cheap eats recommendations include a link to complete reviews and stories on our own food blogs, so if you want to know more about the great tastes of New York, you’re just one click away!
James Boo – Editor-in-Chief, Founder
Blogs at: The Eaten Path, Serious Eats
A freelance journalist and videographer, James runs When Pigs Fly,” for Serious Eats. He was first inspired to write about food after completing a two-week BBQ road trip through the South and tends to define best meals in terms of how thoroughly he had to wash his hands when done. You can see James’ full body of work at jamesboo.com.
Noah Arenstein – Managing Editor
Blogs at: Law & Food
Noah Arenstein is a lawyer, home cook and one half of the blog Law & Food. After spending his mornings in court, he wanders through the outer boroughs in a suit and tie, looking for hidden ethnic eats, but mostly ends up in Georgian or West Indian restaurants. Originally from Cincinnati, Noah attended graduate school in the South before moving to Brooklyn and fulfilling every stereotype imaginable.
Anne Noyes Saini – Copy Editor
Blogs at: City Spoonful
Anne Noyes Saini is the co-creator of City Spoonful, a website covering food and culture in New York City. She edits economics books by day and explores restaurants and regional cooking whenever she can. An erstwhile journalist, she has contributed to The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, WNYC-FM, and City Limits magazine. She lives in Astoria, where she aspires to learn how to make all the food she loves — from arepas to za’atar.
Joe DiStefano – Contributing Editor
Blogs at: Chopsticks and Marrow
Joe DiStefano—“the man who ate Queens”—is a tour guide, food writer and editor of Chopsticks and Marrow, a blog mainly about eating in Queens, New York City’s most delicious and diverse borough. His work has appeared in Edible Queens, Gourmet, Fork in the Road, Slashfood, and The New York Times. He eagerly awaits the arrival of a true night market in Flushing.
Amit is a New York-based freelance developer with a passion for developing user-friendly interfaces. In addition to working at R/GA as a senior front-end developer, he has contributed to projects at mimeo.com, Barnes & Noble, Verizon and Nike. Amit is also the co-founder of Bitponics, an hydroponics application that will help gardeners and farmers of all experience levels understand and manage their growth environments through real-time data.
Ashley is a Brooklyn-based front-end web developer with a soft spot for Spicy Nacho Doritos. She helped build the child theme used to customize the display of our free WordPress theme, Pagelines Platform. When she’s not coding, you can find Ashley at New York’s craft fairs, selling handmade textile jewelry to the New York public.
Blogs at: Blondie and Brownie
Alexandra is co-creator of Blondie and Brownie, a contributor to Midtown Lunch, as well as a Serious Eats contributor where she writes a weekly column on Classic American desserts. When she’s not seeking out cheap and delicious food wherever it may be found she’s probably baking cookies… or pie… or cake.
Blogs at: Midtown Lunch (Downtown NYC)
Andrea Heisinger somehow stumbled into food blogging thanks to obsessive reading of sites such as Midtown Lunch, where she finds the best places to eat the midday meal on the cheap in lower Manhattan. When not lunching she’s exploring all of the great food of Brooklyn, where she lives, while trying to eat her way through the world’s cuisines, one restaurant at a time.
Shoots at: Bronx Flavor
Baron Ambrosia is the writer and host of BronxNet Television’s twice Emmy-nominated Bronx Flavor, a culinary adventure series that uses comedy to break down cultural barriers. His belief that cuisine is the easiest way to bring different races and ethnicities to the same table has had a large impact in the Bronx and beyond. In 2010 he was proclaimed an official Bronx Culinary Ambassador. The Baron recently returned from Port Au Prince, Haiti, where he teamed up with Sony software to bring new video editing technology to students at the country’s only remaining film school, Le Cine Institute.
Writes at: United Nations of Food
Leader of the United Nations of Food, Charles Bibilos documents his gluttonous quest to eat food from every country in the world (160 nations), without leaving New York City. His Manhattan apartment consists of a pigpen, a mud wallow, and a large feeding trough.
Blogs at: Serious Eats New York, Turntable Skillet
Chris Crowley is a contributor to Serious Eats New York, where he covers the Bronx (and occasionally the other boroughs). He credits his time spent in Shanghai – where he developed a passion for sheng jian bao and frog, and finally learned to embrace the searing heat of chilies – for kicking his food obsession into full gear.
Blogs at: Midtown Lunch, Serious Eats NY
Chris somehow finagled the good folks over at Midtown Lunch and Serious Eats New York to allow him to write for them. When not blogging about cheap lunches in Midtown Manhattan, he’s attempting to demystify amazing Korean food in the neighborhood of Flushing, Queens. And no, he’s not the “To Catch a Predator” guy.
Blogs at: City Spoonful
Clare Trapasso is the co-creator of City Spoonful, a general assignment reporter at the Daily News and a part-time college journalism professor. She loves exploring the city and telling the stories of its residents through food and hanging out with her miniature red dachshund named Couscous. This summer she plans to learn how to make popsicles in fun flavor combinations.
Blogs at: Eating in Translation
Since his first blog post on Eating in Translation in January 2005, Dave Cook has visited thousands of venues, from white-linen restaurants to elbows-on-the-table eateries, as well as street vendors, fairs, festivals, grocers, and greenmarkets, in New York and occasionally farther afield. His reviews also appear in The New York Times.
Blogs at: City Spoonful
A cheap eats enthusiast with an adventurous palate, Delia Pless appreciates fast service, lots of leftovers and things that ooze when you bite into them. If there’s a wall with a hole in it, and that hole serves tasty food, Delia will be there to try it out. Delia writes for City Spoonful.
Blogs at: Eat to Blog
Donny is co-creator of Eat to Blog, a contributor to Midtown Lunch and Serious Eats. When he’s not stuffing his face with tamales or beef stew noodles, he’s interviewing other food photogs on Great Food Photos and taking behind-the-scenes photos of local artisans on Foodaissance.
Blogs at: Jamiefeldmar.com
Jamie Feldmar has written for Edible Brooklyn, The James Beard Foundation, and Gothamist. She will almost always agree to an ethnic eating adventure.
Blogs at: Eating the World in NYC
Jared Cohee is a travel writer who uses the five boroughs and their surrounding areas not only as a base when not abroad, but also as a departure point to travel the world of food. Eating the World in New York City is a travel guide to an amazing culinary city, pointing people in the direction of not only terrific foods from every country, but authentic experiences with culture and tradition.
Blogs at: Jeffrey Tastes (iwantmorefood.com)
Jeff Orlick is a communicator and a connector, using food as the medium. He creates accessible, authentic experiences of cultures, which serve to further educate even after the events have taken place. Mr. Orlick’s alter-ego, the Queens Qustodian, is dedicated to showing you ways you can clean up your community.
Jessica Lee Binder
Blogs at: FoodMayhem
Jessica is a professionally trained culinary and pastry chef, blogging at FoodMayhem since 2007. She has worked in various roles in the hospitality industry including bartender, café owner, cook, staffing consultant, business development, caterer, and recipe developer. She is currently exploring her most difficult role yet: mom.
Blogs at: Goodies First
Krista is the creator of hodge-podge food blog, Goodies First, publishes a column about international chain restaurants for Serious Eats New York and has written for Metromix.com, Nymag.com and the New York Post, among others. Despite living in Brooklyn, the artisanal epicenter, she has an obsession with New Jersey suburbs and tries to eat at Bonefish Grill as much as possible.
Blogs at: My Inner Fatty
Nicholas is the author of the wildly unsuccessful hipster blog “My Inner Fatty.” You probably haven’t heard of it before. His love for soup dumplings and beef noodle soup is matched only by his tight-fistedness when it comes to spending money on food. He once swallowed a Lego. True story.
Blogs at: mattkronsberg.tumblr.com
Matt Kronsberg is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and First We Feast, among others. He tries to be interested in- and write about- all kinds of things, but always seems to end up back at food.
Blogs at: Beef Aficionado, Serious Eats, A Hamburger Today, Slice
Nick Solares is a NYC-based food writer and photographer. He has a particular obsession with beef (as his personal blog might indicate). In addition to working for Serious Eats, he has appeared on Sirius Radio, CBS Sunday Morning TV, Time Out NY and NY Magazine to evangelize about eating steer.
Blogs at: Sheepshead Bites
Robert Fernandez is an award-winning competitive barbecue pitmaster and the founder of New York City’s only barbecue contest, Grillin’ On The Bay. When not cooking up some amazing barbecue, Robert can be found exploring the incredibly diverse food scene of Southern Brooklyn and writes about it in his weekly online food column, The Bite.
Blogs at: The Girl Who Ate Everything, Serious Eats
Robyn Lee started her food blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything, in 2004 and continues to update it because she still eats food. Somewhere along the way her blog helped her get a full time job at Serious Eats, where she’s an editor and photographer.
Blogs at: Under the 7: The Roosevelt Avenue Project, Serious Eats NY
Sara works as a chef and writes about the fine food found in Queens for her blog, Under the 7 Train as well as for Serious Eats New York. She lives in Queens, of course, with her husband and daughter, and can often be found wandering the streets, searching for the perfect taco.
Blogs at: Blondie and Brownie, Midtown Lunch
Siobhan is co-creator of Blondie and Brownie, a contributor to Midtown Lunch, a member of Slow Food NY’s Snail of Approval Committee, and recently appeared on the Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street.” Though she’s only lived in Brooklyn for two years, she completely lives up to the Brooklyn artisanal foodie yupster stereotype.
Blogs at: City Spoonful, Tina’s Nom Noms
Tina Corrado enjoys getting lost in her own kitchen and re-telling tales from her food-riddled past on the blog Tina’s Nom Noms. Her love for peaches & wine and fried polenta with broccoli rabe and sausage makes up only a fraction of her food loving heart. She also contributes to City Spoonful, where she’s had the opportunity to write about (and cook) fare ranging from momos to Guyanese hot pepperpot stew. Tina firmly believes food is love – and she feels bad for picky eaters.
Blogs at: Brokelyn, Buzzine, Tom Blogs Food
Tom Sullivan is a journalism student, marketing intern, and freelance writer living in Brooklyn. When higher education isn’t devouring his free time (and soul), he contributes regularly to Buzzine and Brokelyn) while blogging about food with poor attempts at humor on his personal blog, Tom Blogs Food. Insert something witty here.
Blogs at: World to Table
Veronica Chan doesn’t chase the carrot, she grows it. By day, she’s the Director of Content & Community at Gojee.com, in between she writes and explores on World to Table. She prefers to eat standing up and challenging chefs to put their best dish “in a can.”
Blogs at: At the Sign of the Pink Pig
Writing as “Wilfrid,” Kim Davis has been publishing the dining and arts blog “At the Sign of the Pink Pig” for more almost five years. A Londoner by birth and New Yorker by choice, he is the founder member of Mouthfuls food forums, has worked as Associate Editor on the “Local East Village,” and writes about technology for Internet Evolution.
Blogs at: The Feisty Foodie
Yvo, aka The Feisty Foodie, is a firm believer that you have to try new foods to know if you like them or not, and “if it tastes good, eat it!” Her sense of humor, like her wardrobe, is black & pink, and her passion for eating knows no limits – thankfully, neither does her stomach, to the tune of six cheesesteaks and counting. (Her weight, on the other hand…)