Want a simple meal of soup & dumplings? This dumpling shop gives fast food a new name. Try the sesame pancake with beef & chives with a pork fried dumpling for less then $3. This Chinatown/Lower East Side restaurant is a steal of a deal and a great meal too.
This vegetarian-friendly place is cheap and gives big portions. Try a Soy Burger Sandwich for $3 or so. The East Village place is proximate to New York University, so many students can be seen studying there as they eat. Note: This place is cash only.