ood, in case you haven't heard, isn't getting any cheaper. Thanks a lot, world economy. In times like these, you need to tighten your belt, save your pennies, count your nickels, cancel the cable, be frugal, pay cash, hold a yard sale, put your credit card in the freezer (literally, they say to do this), turn your underwear inside out and wear it again (kidding), and, yes, eat cheap. But at least as far as that last one goes, this doesn’t mean you have to resort to a Greek-government-style austerity plan. Or start stealing your co-worker’s lunch from the office refrigerator. Or subsist exclusively on a diet of five-for-a-dollar Chinese dumplings and 99-cent pizza slices (that was last year's strategy).
This year, we’re all about Turkish meze, Sicilian rice balls, and Brooklyn calzones. In this—our annual guide to every damn thing out there that is new and delicious, and if not five-for-a-dollar cheap, then a darn good value—we reveal our favorite finds of the past year. We even tell you what to order, via our handy new Cheap Eats Cheat Sheet, and tally up the bill. And as a special bonus, we bring you an in-depth look at Queens (Devouring Queens,"), the borough where the idea that food should be not only cheap but also mind-blowingly delicious and exuberantly eclectic might have been invented.
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