Low to Mid Tier Eats in NYC


#21

Totally agree. The only time I remember taking a taxi was a rainy day, there were three of us and we weren’t going all that far. Now I’ll grant you that going from the Upper UWS to Coney Island was quite a haul :slight_smile:


#22

Sam’s Falafel - financial district

La Isla Cuchifrito - alcapuria, chicken, pernil

Casa Adela - mofongo con pernil, chuletas


#23

Very expensive by cab!


#24

Would never consider it :slight_smile:


#25

Katagiri Japanese Grocery on E. 59th for very good take-out sushi.


#26

Thank you for coming.


#27

Naya on 2nd Avenue for wonderful Lebanese mezze. We have less experience with mains.

Kokum for dosas. The delicious chutneys make this a superior choice to Saravanaa Bhavan.


#28

I really enjoyed Kottu House today. Though I have very little experience with Sri Lankan street food, I thought the kottus on offer were delicious.

Also tried out Harlem Shake on 125th. I thought the fried chicken sandwich was very good, though it could have used a little spice.


#29

Le Bon Choix
(Midtown East, 46th/10th)

French Onion Soup and 2 cornbread. $10 total. Perfect lunch for autumn weather.


#30

Haymaker
(Chelsea, 29th/8th)

Short rib sloppy joe. $15


#31

goa taco
LES on Delancey

Lamb shoulder taco, and pork belly taco, both good, wash either or both down with a jarrito. Get out of there for under $20, if you do all three, two out of three and its an easy $10 meal.


#32

This spot any good though? I’ve been seeing lots of hype but I can’t trust Indian tacos…


#33

I wrote about them back in the day on Chowhound when it was still a pop-up. It was good then, it’s still good now.


#34

Sounds good to me. Gosh chowhound is annoying. I clicked on that link, was met with a popup forcing me to add a board before I could view your post. Bloody hell they destroyed something amazing…


#35

It looks like I left Crepes Canaveral on St Marks Place off this list, but I went back a couple of days ago, and their great crepemaker is gone, so they’re no longer good. The bartender at the adjoining bar, where I got a nice Jura Origine, said that the great crepemaker is going to open his own place on 6th St. between A and B soon, perhaps by the end of the month. So everyone should look out for that, because his crepes are great.


#36

That’s great news. Crepes Canaveral is fantastic.


#37

Based solely on the really lovely lentil soup ($6, with bread) I had this afternoon, I recommend Francela on 3rd between 80th & 81st. Jungmann wrote it up on Chowhound a while back, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to try it. The prepared foods looked gorgeous, especially the octopus and the braised leeks.

http://www.francela.com/


#38

Moustache is another great economical place. My girlfriend and I went to their small East Village location tonight and had delicious baba ghanouj, mujadra and lahmajun.


#39

Mamoun’s

A falafel sandwich ($3.50) and a mabrumeh ($2) all for the less than a cup of third-wave coffee.

And imminently more filling, and fulfilling.


#40

Tonight, I had a late lunch at Pongal. Tasty Pondicherry-style masala dosai. My dining partners were happy with their food, too - a spinach dosai and a portion of aviyal. I tried the aviyal - it might have been more creamy than flavorful, perhaps, but I’m definitely willing to go back to this place sooner, rather than later (I probably hadn’t been there since my vegetarian-Indian-loving father died in 2011). Good spicy buttermilk, too, and their prices are cheaper than some other places - about $60 for 3 people, including tax and tip.