How to Eat in New York City on the Cheap. Eating in New York ' like just about everything else in New York ' can be very expensive. There are lots of good budget dining options available, though, if you know where to look and what areas of the city to avoid.
Things You'll Need
- Local Guidebooks
- Local Newspapers
- Travel Services
Buy a good budget guidebook before you head to New York. Most travel guides contain restaurant listings organized by neighborhood, price range and type of cuisine.
Eat street food. New York is famous for the quantity and quality of the food sold by street vendors. Hot dogs, pretzels, roasted chestnuts and peanuts, burritos - the variety is practically endless, and prices are reasonable.
Check out some of the ethnic dining options around town. New York is famous for great Jewish and Italian food, but there are many other ethnic specialties. Asian eateries (with the exception of Japanese) may be cheaper than European restaurants, but check prices before you sit down.
Eat at a deli or lunch counter ' these old New York institutions serve huge sandwiches and blue-plate specials. Ask around or keep your eyes open for a place that looks good.
Find out about local specialties in the neighborhood where you're staying. Your hotel staff should be able to make some useful suggestions. Some hotels keep sample menus from nearby restaurants at the front desk.
Look at New York dining and entertainment Web sites before you leave home or at an Internet café after you arrive. You'll probably find lots of listings, restaurant reviews and other useful information.