If you are looking for some budget meals in New York City, look no further than Chinatown. In New York, it is pretty easy to drop $10 to $15 on a “cheap” lunch. There are bagel places or Whole Foods to stop by, but if you actually want to sit down and get service, Chinatown is a great place to check out.
Chinatown is a great place for filling, tasty, and low budget meals. Lunch is going to be your best bet for the cheap meals, but you can find dinners at cheap prices too. Here are a few places that have been reviewed by New York Serious Eats and all have meals under $6 available.
XO Restaurant: XO Steamed Rice Noodles
For $3.50 you will receive steamed rice noodles that are covered in a spicy sauce with minced pork, garlic cloves, chilis, and shiitake mushrooms.
Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles
The hand pulled noodles and knife cut noodles are delicious. They feature meats, tendons, eggs, and seafoods and start at prices around $4.
Great New York Noodletown: Roast Pork and Duck on Rice
For those of you who are looking for duck and pork together in the same dish for $5.50, this is the place to be. It’s been said that the duck is salty, bony, greasy, but great and the pork is sweet and moist. It’s served over rice and should satisfy an empty stomach!
May Wah Pork Chop Fast Food
Chicken Leg Over Rice features a juicy chicken with a thin crisp skin. The chicken comes with a meat sauce, pickled vegetables, and rice. All that for $4.50!
The buns at Golden Steamer are filled with all sorts of fillings. Pumpkin, pork, mushroom, and egg yolk are a few of the fillings that are in these steamed buns. The best part about these buns? You can get them for $0.60.
Deluxe Food Market
Sticking with the subject of buns, you can find a Vietnamese bun at the deli station here. From pork, egg, sausage, to mushroom, there are plenty of fillings to chose from. The buns only cost a dollar and with that dollar you will get your carbohydrates, meats, veggies, and proteins.
Saigon Vietnamese Sandwiches
At Saigon Vietnamese Sandwiches, the best thing to go for is the House Special. This a banh mi place that offers a bbq pork version that comes with vegetables.
Check them out!