3 Restaurants in New York with Lunch Under $6
There is no doubt that New York can be expensive but it doesn’t always have to be. In this post, I suggest a few spots you can go to find lunch under $6.
#1 Punjabi Grocery and Deli
114 East 1st Street New York, NY 10009
Are you vegetarian? Do you need a restaurant that is open 24/7? Do you like delicious food that is a little spicy? Do you want to tap your foot or maybe sing along to some Punjabi music while you eat? The Punjabi Grocery and Deli is the place for you!
Located in the East Village, the Punjabi Grocery and Deli began as a spot for Indian and Pakistani cab drivers to stop for some grub and tea but has become a favorite of every other type of person imaginable in the East Village.
This is because the food is amazingly good and cheap! A small bowl of rice with two veggie items will only cost you $4.50, or you could splurge and get a large plate with 3 veggie items for $6.50. To choose the veggie items, simply look at what is on display in their counter, note the numbers of the vegetable dishes that look good and tell the man behind the counter which numbers you want.
If you are lucky, the food server just might sing a little ditty for you while you wait!
#2 Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine
76 Fulton Street New York, NY 10038 and 21 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036
I stop in here during breaks between my classes at Pace’s midtown campus quite often for empanadas and café con leche. My favorite empanadas are the chicken and the spinach and cheese. At $2.50 each, it’s a lunch that won’t break the bank.
#3 Papaya Dog
50 Fulton Street New York, NY 10038
New Yorkers have opinions on pretty much everything and hot dogs are no different.
Papaya Dog has a location near Pace’s downtown campus making it a quick, easy and cheap spot to have a bite to eat. It has even hosted celebrities such as Rihanna and Sandra Bullock. But really any of the “papaya drink and hot dog” joints all over New York are good in my book because they cook their dogs the best way – on a griddle so the meat snaps as you bite into it.
These three New York restaurants might be cheap but they have delicious food. They really do the best at what they do.
So wherever you decide to eat in New York City, go somewhere that is the best at what they do.
And if you decide to come to New York to study, be sure to come to the best place to study English in New York City: Apply to Pace University's English Language Institute or contact the ELI here.
- spot (n.) a restaurant
- joint (n.) a restaurant
- 24/7 (adv. phrase) something that is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- grub (n.) food
- a little ditty (n. phrase) a short song
- break the bank (v. phrase/ idiom) cost a lot of money
- addictive (adj.) something that
- host (v.) to receive or entertain guests
- in my book (idiom) according to me
- griddle (n.) a cooking surface that is broad and flat
- boil (v.) to cook something in water
- in a pinch (idiom) in an emergency
- dirty water hot dog (idiom) a boiled hot dog
WRITTEN BY PATRICK RUSSELL