Cool inexpensive New York City restaurants

Chomp Chomp
New York City, West Village
Financial Times
Where to Eat
"Singaporean street food sizzles in the West Village at Chomp Chomp," remarks FT food critic Christina Ohly Evans in the attached March 201...
Marta
New York City, NoMad
Tatler
Where to Eat
"Despite its setting in a rather spartan hotel lobby, this is one of New York's hottest cheap-eats tickets, writes Tatler about Marta in Jun...
Empellon al Pastor
New York City, East Village
Financial Times
Where to Eat
Hip new taco joint by Alex Stupak serving $4 tacos al pastor, tortillas filled with hunks of spit-roasted pork laced with pineapple.  The i...
Miss Lily's
New York City, Greenwich Village, Soho
Wallpaper
Where to Eat
"A fashionable take on the traditional Jamaican jerk chicken joint" is how Wallpaper describes Miss Lily's, a NYC hotspot on the edge o...
Blue Hill Café (Rockefeller Estate)
New York City, Tarrytown, 45 minutes outside city
Our Friends
Where to Eat
If you're looking to get out of the city on a nice day, the Stone Barns on the Rockefeller Estate just outside Tarrytown offers a beautiful, rural setti...
The Shrine
New York City, Harlem
Our Friends
Where to Eat
Unpretentious, edgy, cool-as-hell bar/restaurant in Harlem serving affordable Franco-African cuisine.  Great place to hang out with friends...
Serafina
New York City, Upper East Side
Our Friends
Where to Eat
Casual, a little noisy, neighborhood restaurant serving excellent Italian food at attractive prices.    Good spot for a low key meal.&nbs...
Melba's
New York City, Harlem
Our Friends
Where to Eat
Stylish Harlem neighborhood bistro serving contemporary soul food for dinner at attractive prices.   Good value.  Closed on Mon...
Tortilla Flats
New York City, West Village
Our Friends
Where to Eat
The ultimate Tex-Mex dive.  Tacky decor, loud, cramped, really cheap, so much fun.  Bingo on Monday and Tuesday nights.   If on...
Blaue Gans
New York City, Tribeca
Our Friends
Where to Eat
Excellent, simple and unpretentious (yet somehow, sophisticated) Austrian food served in a wirtshaus, kind of like the German version of a Bri...
Chez Napoleon
New York City, Midtown/Theatre District
Our Friends
Where to Eat
Quaint little French restaurant in the Theatre district, run and staffed by the same French-Canadian family for ages. Ever-so-cute with lots of pictures...