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New York Meals for Under $5

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Published June 27th 2011
Looking for a cheap, fast place to eat in New York, but don't want to compromise on taste? Have no fear, the list below gives you a variety of food options for under $5. Bon appetit.

Dumpling House

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.

Papaya King

This classic hot dog place allows you 2 hot dogs and a 16 ounce drink for less then $5 with tax. Located in Chelsea, professionals, socialites and even students alike enjoy this fast food joint.

Patsy's Pizzeria

Want a quick slice that isn't oily and tasteless? Try Patsy's Pizzeria in Spanish Harlem for 2 slices for only $3. There are a variety of other pizzerias. The pizzeria has been around since 1933.
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Why? Because New York food doesn't have to be expensive
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Depends on restaurant
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