Get the Most Bang for Your Delicious Buck in New York City

When you tell someone you're going out to eat in New York City, they generally see dollar signs. This place can be expensive if you're not sure where to turn. Luckily, there are as many cheap eats as Michelin-stars, so it's not too difficult to strike a bargain. But what if you're not in the mood for bottom of the barrel? The streets are also packed with value buys where your dollar stretches just a wee bit further. 

For example, if you've got champagne tastes on an all-beer budget, you can snag deals at top rated joints for a fraction of the cost if you go at the right time. At Jean Georges, dinner will set you back big time. But lunch? You'll be wined and dined for just $48.

In Flatiron, the fast casual restaurant craze works in your favor at Made Nice. Helmed by the crew that also brings you Eleven Madison Park and The Nomad, it's a solid bite that you can have daily, if that's your thing. 

While it may be more difficult to find a value bite in the Big Apple than ever before, it's far from impossible. Let us prove it to you with this list of the 10 best value restaurants in New York.

East Village
Caracas Arepa Bar
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Caracas is kind of synonymous with the East Village. It's a staple. A tried-and-true spot to pick up an inexpensive bite without sacrificing any flavor. Born out of Venezuela, the arepa (naturally gluten-free) is essentially a corn cake that...  Read More

Made Nice


Helmed by the team behind Eleven Madison Park and The Nomad comes a fast casual restaurant that one can only hope sets the bar for the fast casual trend. Unassuming from the outside, Made Nice could easily be confused for just another office...  Read More

Tasty Dumpling
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Aptly named for their bite-sized morsels of doughy goodness, Tasty Dumpling has amassed a steady flow of regulars. A hole in the wall joint of epic proportions, don't expect to find pristine conditions or top notch service inside.

But we're in...  Read More



Though not technically a restaurant, no list on value eats would be complete without takeaway standby, George and Costas Souvlaki King. This street cart in Astoria has been a secret of locals for decades, but now thanks to the power of the...  Read More

Red Egg


Known for its high-end dim sum and cocktail pairings, Red Egg's menu is an amalgamation of Cantonese comfort food - think fried wontons and pork dumplings - and more exotic dishes like cold sesame jelly fish with smoked pork knuckles. While the...  Read More



Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongrichten has a culinary empire that spans the globe, but his eponymous restaurant connected to the Upper West Side's Trump Hotel remains a gold standard for the chef's subtly Asian-inflected, French haute cuisine....  Read More

Lower East Side


Usually prix-fixe dinners can be a tad annoying, if for no other reason than their exorbitant costs. But at Contra in the Lower East Side, the prix-fixe is a welcomed surprise: a seasonally-focused, 6-course menu for just $74. Not too hungry?...  Read More



From their onsite gardening internships to their podcasts recorded at the Heritage Radio Network, pizza doesn't get any cooler than at Roberta's. But lest that dissuade you from trekking out to Bushwick for a nibble, let us ease your fears:...  Read More



You generally won't find many street carts on "best of" lists, but the rice noodle rolls on Elizabeth at Hester deserve time in the spotlight. Interestingly, there are two carts directly opposite one another -" both delicious, both viable...  Read More

Jalapa Jar
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Everyone unanimously agrees that tacos are the best food in the world. And breakfast tacos? They're next level. But until recently, NYC was seriously lacking in the breakfast taco department. That is, until Jalapa Jar came along with their...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea