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Real Cheap Eats NYC is Here!

harissa falafel Cheeseburger salt baked shredded squid with cashew nuts spicy rizzak, I love you
These eats are real. And cheap. Clockwise from top left: Falafel pita sandwich from Taim, cheeseburger from JG Melon, Spicy Rizzak from Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop, and salt baked squid from Congee.

Two weeks ago, James Boo emailed a group of food bloggers in New York City (myself included) if they'd like to contribute to a cheap eats guide. And less than two weeks later (i.e., super-damn-fast), it's here: Real Cheap Eats NYC. 123 recommended eats under $10 from 22 trustworthy contributors, spanning a buttload of cuisines (I didn't count, I just know it's a lot) in all five boroughs. No ads, no slideshows; just sweet photos and short descriptions (and there's a mobile version of the site for iPhone and Androids, for those of you who actually live in the 21st century, unlike me, who still has a dumbphone). We've got pizza, sandwiches, noodles, rice dishes, tacos, burgers, desserts, and more, along with a section for vegetarians. If you like those foods, Real Cheap Eats is for you. And if you don' god, why are you reading this site? Ahhh get awaaay [virtual pushes you out].

Hope you enjoy the site! More sub-$10 recommendations are always welcome!


Ali - YumVeggieBurger / July 24, 2011 10:36 AM

It would be cool if there was a "browse foods under $5" feature too.

Honestly, I know $10 is relatively cheap for NYC, but it's still not exactly cheap for everyone.

I see so many "cheap eats" guides, but I usually disregard them because when I think "cheap" I think "under $5". It's pretty easy to find good food for $10 in this city, but an index of great stuff that's only FIVE dollars would be MUCH more useful!

roboppy / July 24, 2011 10:46 PM

Serena: I hope the site helps!

Ali: Thanks for the suggestion! I think $10 is a good cap for a cheap eats guide, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to call out the under $5 ones.

Monique / July 26, 2011 11:34 AM

This is a GREAT resource. Having recently upgraded to a "cool" phone, i now have access to APPS! Sheesh, what was the world doing without apps? (Probably finding things by accident)
Also, wanted to note how awesome it was to meet you at the Festival- granted, you probably met a lot of people... but I at least managed to be apart of the slideshow of uber cool people that you photographed.
thanks for being awesome!
And cant wait to dive into the new app on my uber cool new phone.

Linda / July 28, 2011 7:13 PM

thank youuu. seriously, such a big help for us people on a budget.

btw, i've been following you for years now and this is my first comment. i love your blog and your food reviews!! *drool*

roboppy / July 29, 2011 2:01 AM

Monique: I have an iPod touch, so I have experienced some magical "some" I mostly mean Angry Birds. ;_; That and a few MTA transit apps (I love "Exit Strategy") are the ones I use the most, haha!....ah.

It was great meeting you! And yes YOU MADE IT TO THE SLIDESHOW, woo! Thanks for saying hi to me!

Linda: Thanks for commenting! And for sticking with me for years considering how I haven't been reviewing much food lately.. ;_; Saadnesss!

Jen / August 1, 2011 11:40 PM

Yay this is amazing!

Jia you Robyn~ You have been one of my favorite bloggers for years and the only one who's stayed on my bookmarks toolbar! :)

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