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·  All You Can Eat
·  Bar Food
·  Cafeteria Style
·  Cheap Dates
·  Dumplings
·  Indian
·  Italian
·  Latin
·  Mexican
·  Noodle Shops
·  Pita Sandwiches
·  Pizza Kings
·  Prix Fixe Dining
·  Rotisserie Chicken
·  Sandwiches
·  Street-food Wonders
·  Surf (sans Turf)
·  Turf (sans Surf)
·  Thai


Features

Favorite Cheap Eats of 7 Famous Chefs

  Daniel Boulud, Todd English and other top chefs reveal their favorite pizza, french fries, movie snacks and more.
   
  Taxi Driver Picks
  Hail a good, low-cost lunch.
   
  What's Your Favorite Cheap Eat?

Don't just take our word. See what other New Yorkers think and post your pick.

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FAVORITE N.Y. PIZZA FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE FAVORITE BURGER FAVORITE SNACK AT MOVIES, BALL GAMES, ETC. FAVORITE FRENCH FRIES
 
Mario Batali Joe's Pizza on Father Demo Square. Creamsicle; Custard Beach frozen custard. Mesa Grill; Corner Bistro. Hot dog and fries or barbecue sandwich. Shoestring fries at Pearl Oyster Bar.
 
Daniel Boulud Wolfgang Puck's, Bella Blue. Japanese ("It's not fast food, but it's quick food"), especially Sushi Hatsu. Billy's Giant Hamburgers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Popcorn. Payard.
 
Todd English Two Boots. Doughnut Planet doughnuts at Dean & DeLuca; Rainbow Falafel, a stand in Union Square. Both out of town: Louie's Lunch in New Haven; In-N-Out Burger in L.A. Peanut M&Ms, popcorn; at ball games, "roasted peanuts and beer." With his kids, McDonald's; otherwise, Cesare's or his own.
 
Alfred Portale Grimaldi's in Brooklyn. Häagen-Dazs bars, "chocolate and vanilla." Rowdy Hall. Peanut M&Ms, popcorn — "no butter." Steak frites at Balthazar.
 
Michael Romano John's. Pastrami on rye at Sarge's; the vegetarian platter at Curry in a Hurry on Lexington. "They're all the same. I've never eaten at McDonald's" Popcorn. Also, "one strange craving" at airports: Snickers. Grabs a few in his own kitchen now and then.
 
Laurent Tourondel John's. A cart at 62nd St. and Third Ave. ("the best grilled prosciutto-and-mozzarella sandwich"). Corner Bistro. Nachos supreme ("I'm not a fan of popcorn"). McDonald's.
 
David Waltuck John's; Arturo's on Houston. When in Chinatown, "I have to have a pork bun." LeZinc, EJ's, Corner Bistro. No answer. Le Frite Kot on West 4th Street; Le Zinc.