Recently, we shared a few of our favorite affordable eats in New York City — and then we asked the BuzzFeed Community to share theirs. Here’s what they said:
1. A hot slice from Artichoke Basille’s.
Where: Locations in the East Village, Greenwich Village, and Chelsea
“It’s the only place where I can’t complain about paying $4.50 for a slice. Worth every penny.” —CLizVega
2. Grilled Mexican corn — with mayo, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime — from Cafe Habana.
Where: Locations in Nolita and Fort Greene, Brooklyn
“I’ve trekked through snow storms just to get some!” —Sarah Donahue, Facebook
3. Dumplings and sesame pancakes at Prosperity Dumpling.
Where: 46 Eldridge St., Lower East Side/Chinatown
Cost: Dumplings are 4 for $1; sesame pancakes are $1.25
“You can eat like a king for a couple bucks because everything on the menu is well below $10. This place is the size of a shoebox, but it’s worth it. —David Montego, Facebook
4. The fried chicken sandwich at Cheeky Sandwiches.
Where: 35 Orchard St., Lower East Side/Chinatown
“Fried chicken, gravy, and red cabbage slaw on a buttermilk biscuit. It’s the best thing I’ve ever eaten.” —Damien Samuel, Facebook
5. The swingle — a mini frozen Key lime pie coated in dark chocolate — at Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies.
Where: 185 Van Dyke St., Red Hook, Brooklyn
—Rebecca Minn, Facebook
6. The maple bacon cookies at Schmackary’s.
Where: 362 W. 45th St., Midtown West
—Kara Randall, Facebook
7. The al pastor burrito or the carne asada nachos at Taqueria Diana.
Where: 129 Second Ave., Lower East Side
Cost: Burritos: $6.20; nachos: $7–$10
“The nachos come baked on a huge cookie tray, which as far as I’m concerned is the only way to serve nachos.” —Kelley Franklin, Facebook
8. The beef brisket noodle soup at Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle.
Where: 144 East Broadway, Chinatown
—Julie Yang, Facebook
9. Pierogis and potato pancakes at Veselka.
Where: 144 Second Ave., East Village
Cost: Pierogis: 4 for $6.95; potato pancakes: $3.75
—Dana Marie Harmon, Facebook
10. Fresh doughnuts at Doughnut Plant.
Where: Locations in the Lower East Side, Chelsea, and Brooklyn
Cost: $3–$3.50 each
“Hands down, the best doughnuts in Manhattan. Especially their tres leches, chocolate blackout, and coffee cake.” —Kyle Davis, Facebook
11. The viagra empanada — stuffed with shrimp, scallops, and crab — at Empanada Mama.
Where: Locations in Hell’s Kitchen and the Lower East Side
—Haley Mulcrone, Facebook
12. An everything bagel with egg, bacon, cheese, and jalapeño cream cheese at Brooklyn Bagel.
Where: Locations in Chelsea and Astoria, Queens
“The greatest hangover cure.” —Erin
13. Pork buns from Momofuku Noodle Bar.
Where: 171 1st Ave., East Village
Cost: $10 for two.
—Kyle Jameson, Facebook
14. The mini salted caramel cheesecake at Eileen’s Special Cheesecake.
Where: 17 Cleveland Place, Nolita
15. Tater tots with cheese sauce and diced jalapeños at Please Don’t Tell.
Where: 113 St. Marks Place, East Village
“They’re nothing short of magical.” —Kyle
16. The yeti tracks snow cream — which is Oreo cookies and blueberries — at Snowdays Shavery.
Where: 241 East 10th St., East Village
Cost: $5–$8, depending on size
17. The Shackburger at Shake Shack.
Where: Locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn
Cost: $5.19 for the burger
“Shake Shack may not have the cheapest burger in NYC, but I’ll pay for a shackburger, crinkle cut fries, and a vanilla concrete ANY day.” —Jess Dante
18. Half chicken, rice, and beans at Casa Adela.
Where: 66 Avenue C | East Village
“For the price, it’s a steal.” —Cesar Medero, Facebook
19. A classic black-and-white cookie at Glaser’s Bake Shop.
Where: 1670 First Ave., Upper East Side
“I moved away from the city three years ago, and I still miss these. —Larae Small, Facebook
20. Spicy cumin lamb noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods.
Where: Locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn
21. Cannolis and cookies at Veniero’s Pastry Shop.
Where: 342 East 11th St., East Village
“Italian desserts from a place that’s been family-owned since the 1800’s. Can’t beat that!” —tiffinim3