Archive for the ‘CHEAP EATS’ Category

NYC Cheap Eats: Luigi’s Delivers, Afghan Kebab House #1 Does Not

November 26, 2008

NYC Food Guy’s M.O. is delicious and affordable. My cheap eats repertoire is strong. And in the current economic state, bang for your buck carries added importance. Chicken parmesan heroes and Afghani kebabs don’t exactly go hand in hand, but two Midtown West establishments, Luigi’s and Afghan Kebab House #1 both offer what seem to be great deals. Unfortunately, only one lives up to the stringent NYC Food Guy standard of delicious AND affordable.


A Chicken Parm Hero That’s Twice The Size of a $10 Bill But Almost Half the Price


Luigi’s $7 Chicken Parmesan Hero Proves Size Does Matter, But It Comes Cheap


Afghan Kebab House #1’s $13.95 Combo Kebab Is Plentiful, But Is It Worth Nearly $16 With Tip?



NYC Steak: Angelo & Maxie’s $20.99 Lunch Special is Lackluster

November 19, 2008

NYC Food Guy likes steak. Unfortunately, steak doesn’t fall within the Food Guy’s budgetary constraints — until today. Enter Angelo & Maxie’s $20.99 Lunch Special, served Monday through Saturday, 11:30AM to 3PM, and comprised of three courses: 1) Soup of the day or Caesar/House Salad 2) 11 oz. NY Strip, 8 oz. Filet or Filet Au Poivre, 10 oz. Broiled Salmon over roast veggies, or Herb Roasted Chicken 3) Fruit plate, cheesecake or ice cream. Sounds great, but does a good price mean a good meal? Read on to find out…


French Onion Soup, 11 oz. NY Strip, Marble Cheesecake w/ Raspberry Sauce



Tasty Thai Lunch Special for $7.55 at Chai (Eat In Only, 11:30AM to 4PM)

September 6, 2008

Finding a filling and delicious lunch in Midtown for under $10 is quite a challenge. But if you work in walking distance from Chai on 55th Street & 8th Avenue, you can now get out of the office for a Thai Lunch Special that can’t be beat. You can fill your stomach for $8 by choosing one of 13 entrees plus a salad, spring roll or soup. Read on for the review and a look at what else you can choose for under $8.

Chicken Pad Thai (above, $6.75) Side Salad with peanut dressing (below, included in special)


NY Food Tour: Egg & Cheese on Homemade Chalah at B&H Vegetarian

August 21, 2008

NYC Food Guy Note: I’m on vacation in California so I’m sending you on a NY Food Tour to keep your stomach happy while I’m gone. Enjoy the deliciousness.

  • What: Fried egg and cheese between two slices of homemade sweet, fluffy Chalah baked daily at this vegetarian diner. It’s a great hangover helper and it’s an affordable home style breakfast which has been satisfying for over 60 years.
  • Cost: $3.25
  • Where: 127 2nd Avenue b/t 7th Street and St. Mark’s Place NY, NY 10003 212-505-8065
  • Inside Info: B&H is known for their homemade soups which are served alongside a hearty slice of chalah. Their daily sandwich/soup or entree/soup combos will leave you and your wallet feeling full, happy and healthy for around $10. I’ve heard good things about their expansive juice bar.

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NY Food Tour: Roast Pork Sesame Pancake at Vanessa’s Dumplings

August 19, 2008

NYC Food Guy Note: I’m on vacation in California so I’m sending you on a NY Food Tour to keep your stomach happy while I’m gone. Enjoy the deliciousness.

  • What: Tender, fatty roast pork stewed in its own juices then chopped and covered in lettuce, cilantro, sliced carrot and cucumber and wedged between two halves of a crisp, greasy sesame pancake (similar to scallion pancakes though less flaky). This messy sandwich provides a wonderful confluence of flavor and texture. Add some standard hot sauce (not Sirracha despite the refilled bottles) for extra bite. The vegetable sesame pancake is equally delicious.
  • Cost: $2.99
  • Where: 220 East 14th Street near 3rd Avenue NY, NY 10003
  • Inside info: Combine a sesame pancake with an order of fried pork dumplings ($2.00) and you’ve got a great meal for just over $5.00. Both the fried pork dumplings and steamed vegetable dumplings are reliably delicious. Bite a little hole in the top of each dumpling then squirt in soy sauce for maximum enjoyment. Unfortunately, Vanessa’s can’t satisfy late night urges, they close at 10PM.

NY Food Tour: Best Fries in the City (Especially Late Night) at Ziggiz

August 16, 2008

NYC Food Guy Note: I’m on vacation in California so I’m sending you on a NY Food Tour to keep your stomach happy while I’m gone. Enjoy the deliciousness.

  • What: Forget Pommes Frites, Ziggiz serves Manhattan’s best and biggest order of fries for a mere $2.16! Thin, crisp and double-fried, these fries are even better after a night on the town. You can get an overflowing order of addictive and delicious fries until 3AM Thursday and 5AM Friday and Saturday.
  • Cost: $2.16!!!!
  • Where: 333 3rd Avenue near 25th Street NY, NY 10010 212-683-3663
  • Inside info: All the other food at Ziggiz is standard grease pit fare, including their namesake burgers, cheese steaks and burritos. Quesadillas and burritos come with onions in them so make sure to speak up if you don’t want them. Stick with the fried stuff here (mozzarella sticks and chicken fingers) and you can’t go wrong.

Manhattan’s Best Fries Here

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Chirping Chicken: Best cheap late night eats on Upper West Side?

June 25, 2008

Until 2AM every night, Chirping Chicken offers 4 pieces of flame-broiled chicken & an order of fries for $10. Four pieces of flame-broiled chicken basted in chicken fat, garlic and salt ($6.49 half chicken, white or dark) and a fat order of crispy shoestring fries ($2.89).  Click here for more details.

This may be the best late night meal on the UWS. The chicken is so good that a whole chicken ($11.29, 8 pieces) and no fries is worth considering. Skip the ribs, stick with the chicken. Beware they only serve Hunts ketchup, no Heinz, so prepare accordingly.

Chirping Chicken 355 Amsterdam Ave at 77th Street
(212) 787-6631 (212) 724-8029 (212) 787-6645
Open 7 Days a week until 2AM – Free Delivery

Subway Series Eats: $3.75 Spanish Roast Half Chicken near Yankee Stadium

May 13, 2008

The Subway Series begins this weekend at Yankee Stadium and if you want to enjoy some authentic Bronx eats that won’t break the bank, look no further than the roast chicken at Molino Rojo. It’s just $3.75 for a delicious half chicken leaving plenty of money for those $8 beers. This chicken (white & dark meat) embodies all you can ask for: Crisp, moist, and deliciously greasy. The flavor is slightly garlicky with what tasted like a hint of lime. I hit up Molino Rojo after a Wednesday night game and the joint was still open 2 hours after the final pitch.  You can also get some Golden Krust Beef Patties on Gerard Avenue off 161st street. I reccomend the spicy beef.

Molino Rojo 101 East 161st St. Bronx, NY 10451 718-538-9642

Carnegie John’s $4 Cheeseburger: Grilled & Griddled, It’s the Best of Both Worlds

April 23, 2008

Charcoal broiled Cheeseburgers remind me that summer grilling is on the way. There are few better thoughts.

This is the $4 cheeseburger from Carnegie John’s street cart on 56th near 7th Avenue and it’s delicious. First it’s griddled, then charcoal-grilled, then put back on the griddle before being covered in American cheese, shredded lettuce, and tomato. It’s a two-hand burger and it’s only $4. Go pick one up and eat it outside. Read on for Carnegie John’s other go-to option for a cheap and tasty lunch…


NYC Food Guy Recommends… Cheap Late Night Eats… With one worthy exception

April 18, 2008

NYC Food Guy loves nothing more than ending a night on the town with a delicious meal. Everyone has their late night pizza spot or diner, but sometimes you need to think bigger and better. I’m here to make that very easy for you by shedding light on places that stay open past bedtime or way past last call.


NYC Food Guy’s Cheap Eats: China Gourmet’s General Tso’s Combo Platter is Midtown West’s Best

April 8, 2008

Like everyone else, NYC Food Guy wants nothing but bang for his buck when it comes to Chinese takeout. It’s a ray of light from heaven, therefore, when the food is not only cheap but delicious. China Gourmet offers a General Tso’s combo platter with generic but fluffy pork fried rice, and a greasy yet crisp egg roll for $6.35.

And here’s the NYC Food Guy inside info: Pay $1.40 extra for white meat and you’ll get freshly cooked General Tso’s the way it’s meant to be eaten. Piping hot with a sweet, spicy sauce covering crispy nuggets of juicy chicken. No cartilage. Only a couple little pieces of nothing but fried skin.

I’ve had this exact dish three times in the last 3 weeks and it has been delicious everytime. Just have some coffee ready because if you can actually finish this massive amount of greasy perfection, a serious food coma is inevitable. Beware the dumplings, by the way, they’re awful, particularly the steamed vegetable variety which looked like mint green play-doh ravioli.

China Gourmet 877 8th Avenue (b/t 52nd & 53rd St.) (212) 246-8181, (212) 246-8191, For Credit Card: (212) 489-3088 $6 minimum for delivery

NYC Food Guy’s Cheap Eats: Hale & Hearty’s $4.69 Large Salad

March 19, 2008

No more getting ripped off for a make-your-own salad at the “we have it all” deli because for $4.69 you can get a large Romaine or Mixed Green salad with 4 free toppings (shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, sliced red onion, and crispy croutons) at Hale & Hearty.


Select the dressing of your choice (NYC Food Guy recommends Hale & Hearty Vinaigrette) and choose between a hearty piece of sourdough or multi-grain bread and you’re in business. The salad makers are usually pretty good about giving you a little extra, toppings or bread, free of charge. So get over there and eat cheap, there’s 19 locations in Manhattan alone.