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Downtown Manhattan cheap restaurants

A July 2004 trip to New York by bentropy

Quote: This is just a collection of cheap food options in downtown Manhattan (particularly in Soho, Nolita, Chinatown) that I am collecting over time.

The Good Dumpling House

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Restaurant | "Sun Dou Dumpling Shop"

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I went here for a cheap lunch. Just a word of caution upfront: I don't know how long this place is open at night, so give them a quick call before you venture out there at night. The restaurant interior is rather plain, but bright and clean. We were served promptly, and when we accidentally undertipped, the waiter asked us if anything was wrong with the service, which is a good sign in terms of customer service awareness. This place is seriously cheap: two spring rolls for $1.50, chicken fried rice for $4.25, the most expensive item on the menu is pawns fish in chili sauce for $11.95. The menu has a large selection, including dim sum, dumplings, soups, Szechwan & Cantonese, vegetar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2004

The Good Dumpling House
214-216 Grand St
New York, New York 10013
(212) 965-9663

Thai Angel

Restaurant

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Thai Angel greets you with a simple, clean, somewhat dark, but uncrammed interior, and offers great Thai food at very reasonable prices. I had the tasty Pad Kee Mao noodles for $6.50 at lunch ($7.50 for dinner). The most expensive dishes range around $13-17.

The restaurant has a large menu including all the standard Thai noodle and rice dishes, and a good number of vegetarian options. Though not exactly my favorite, even exotic items such as frog's leg can be found on the menu.

I don't know if reservations are recommended. I went there for a late lunch, and it was pretty empty. For a larger party, I'd call ahead.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Thai Angel
141 Grand Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 966-8916

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Ray's on Prince Street has two parts, a proper restaurant and a small place where you just order at the counter and sit on wooden benches at tables to eat.

A regular slice of cheese is $2, with fancier slices going up to $3 each. A medium soda is $1. Two slices and a soda make a filling, if not very healthy, meal. They also have subs, but I have never tried them.

Ray's is open from 11am to midnight every day. They deliver, with a $10 minimum.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2004

Ray's Restaurant and Pizzeria
27 Prince Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 966-1960

Soho Eastanah

Restaurant

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With a dark wooden interior with lots of bizarre masks on the wall, Eastanah gives a hint of an impression of dining in a lightly constructed tropical beach bar with a cavy feel. That said, the interior is by no means stunning or impressive. A good reason, and my main reason, to come to Eastanah is the cheap and decent food, especially during lunch, where a lunch consisting of soup and a main course can be had for as little as $6, including tax. Eastanah advertises itself as an "Indonesian & Malaysian Restaurant & Bar." Their menu has everything, from salads and soups to all the standard meats you could want and a good number of vegetarian options. The average main course range...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2005

Soho Eastanah
212 Lafayette Street
New York, New York
(212) 625-9633