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Dining on the Dollar in NYC

A May 2006 trip to New York by gotravel06

Quote: In this journal I'll try to satisfy my hunger without depleting my wallet.

Mamoun's Falafel

Restaurant

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Patrons who know good food but want to save money frequent Mamoun’s Falafel. For just US$2, you can buy a fresh-made falafel sandwich. Although this is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, you probably won't miss it because of the long line of people forming outside the door. Don't worry - your cravings for local Mediterranean cuisine will soon be satisfied because the line moves rapidly. For those of you unfamiliar with "falafel," here's the scoop: The actual word "falafel" refers to fried balls of chickpeas. Throw a few of these balls into a pita pocket, toss in some lettuce and tomatoes, and top with yogurt-based tzatziki sauce, and you've got yourself a falafel sandwich. Watching the employees throw...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Mamoun's Falafel
119 MacDougal Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 674-8685

Dojo West

Restaurant | "Dojo"

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Dojo is a real treat not only for those who want to fill up without spending a lot of cash, but also for vegans who just can't seem to find an inexpensive restaurant that has a largely vegan-friendly menu. My personal favorites are the pita sandwiches, either tofu dip or hummus, fresh and filling for less than US$4. You'll be surprised at the generous amount of food you get for just a few bucks. For this reason, I don't recommend ordering an appetizer and a main dish, because you'll spend more for a meal you simply can't finish.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Dojo West
14 West 4th St
New York, New York 10012
(212) 505-8934

Cafetasia

Restaurant

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With candles suspended from the ceiling in a Harry Potter fashion and sleek black tables lined up against the windows, Cafetasia is the type of restaurant that you can't walk by without making eye-contact with a satisfied diner on the other side of the glass. The decor alone is worth the visit, and if you're not one who likes taunting hungry passer-bys in your window seat, you can always opt to dine at the bar or on a long bench that may be occupied by friends and strangers alike. In fact, the clean-cut contemporary design is so important to the restaurant that you may find the waitstaff trying to remove a half-eaten plate of food from under your fork just to maintain the cleanliness level...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2006

Cafetasia
38 East 8th Street
New York, New York 10003
(212) 529-2363

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