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Best Food on a Budget in New York

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Mamoun's Falafel

Since 1971, Mamoun's has been the spot to go when you need true falafel and shwarma made with tender loving care. Upon entering, Mamoun's staff is sure to remind you that they are one of the oldest Middle Eastern restaurants in the city and many locals claim the falafel here to be the best. Mamoun's has few other locations in the Tri-State area, rest assured however that each one maintains the highest quality ingredients and a strict adherence to tradition.

New York, NY, United States
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2 Bros Pizza

2 Bros Pizza is a popular local pizza joint in Saint Mark's Place. They do have various other outlets across the city. The restaurant is famous for their one dollar pizza slice and you can avail pizzas either in slices or whole pies at affordable prices. They also cater to a large group of people anywhere in Manhattan. Their pizzas are not only cheap but delicious as well. You you can either walk in, call or take away the pizzas.

New York, NY, United States
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Crif Dogs

The name of this restaurant comes from the founder Brian Shebairo trying to say the name of his friend and co-founder Chris, while eating a hotdog. An absolute must for those who love franks, Crif Dogs has upped the ante with its handmade, naturally smoked wieners. They also serve some amazing burgers and shakes, but most come for the dogs. Try the Spicy Redneck, a bacon wrapped masterpiece topped with cole slaw and jalapenos.

New York, NY, United States
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Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar

This tiny Israeli restaurant serves some of the best falafel to be found in the city. Limited seating in the restaurant can be an issue, so when the weather is nice, take your food outside to the benches out front. The falafel platter is a favorite, and the sauces are sure to please. Wash it all down with some refreshing iced tea, fresh lemonade or a smoothie.

New York, NY, United States
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Sao Mai

Sao Mai is not a fancy looking restaurant but if you are looking for a good Vietnamese diner, then this is indeed one of the best options in town. Savor their Goi Cuon, grilled lemongrass chicken, pho, bun and Banh Cuon. If you want to eat in the comfort of your home, you can ask them to deliver as well.

New York, NY, United States
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Corner Bistro

Nestled in the heart of the West Village, this casual American bar and restaurant is open till late (usually until 4a) and serves cheap, casual fare. The greasy but tasty burgers and fries are what makes this place popular. A friendly spot, Corner Bistro caters to a diverse crowd of downtown denizens as well as the college types who party on Bleecker Street. This is a cash only joint, but at these prices, you should have no problem paying the bill.

New York, NY, United States
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La Goulette

La Goulette serves up the flavors and foods of Tunisia and the Mediterranean in a colorful and inviting environment. This fast casual restaurants serves up an array of Mediterranean and North African salads, pita falafel and shawarma sandwiches, merguez sausage platters, grilled meats and more. Reasonable prices, friendly service and of course the fresh, tasty food are a perfect combination for a great meal out.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Food Gallery 32

Food Gallery 32 is a food court at Midtown West, Korean Town, New York City which mainly specializes in Korean and Japanese food. It's a three floor food court and the service is efficient and neat. You can try the Korean BBQ, stews, fried rice, frozen yogurt and crepes, soups, pork chops and more. You will never run out of choices here. So if you are in Korean Town do visit the Food Gallery 32 for its delectable, cheap, diverse, Asian food.

New York, NY, United States
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Tacos El Bronco

New York is notorious for its lack of authentic Mexican food, but there are still a few bright lights to be seen through the darkness, and Tacos El Bronco is one of them. Those willing to make the trip to Sunset Park will be rewarded with delicious tacos, tortas, burritos and platos heaped with juicy meats, beans, rice, tortillas and more. There is also a kids menu and a decent selection of snacks, appetizers, salads, hamburgers and seafood. Tacos El Bronco also has a few food trucks which can be found around the area, always with a small crowd waiting to gobble up these delicious foods.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Gray's Papaya

Ask a New Yorker where to get the best hot dog, and chances are good the answer will be Gray's Papaya. This legendary hot dog joint serves up long, filling hot dogs heaped to your taste with delicious toppings like, carmelized onions, sauerkraut and chili. If you're wondering why Papaya is in the name, they also serve up a great selection of fruit juices, including papaya. If you're looking for a way to fill your belly quickly on the Upper West Side without emptying your wallet, head to Gray's Papaya.

New York, NY, United States
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The King of Falafel and Shawarma

The King of Falafel and Shawarma is not self-proclaimed royalty; the food stand has been the recipient of awards like the Vendy and People's Choice. The King caters to both vegans and meat lovers. The falafel, made with Freddy's mother's secret spices, is a vegan treat. If you want to grab a bite on the run, the chicken wrap and shish kebabs are for you; if a complete meal is what you want then you should definitely go for the chicken platter. This food stand really is the undisputed king of falafel and shawarma.

New York, NY, United States
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