We had a fantastic summer traveling all over Europe and sampling many delicious cheap eats from Spain to Croatia. While we are no experts on European grub, and were merely tourists, we quickly came to the conclusion that NYC is our world capital on reliable diverse foods under $10. As we sorted through the piles of junk mail and bills on our return home, one magazine stood out from the pack like a glistening glazed donut: Time Out New York’s 35 Best New Cheap Eats Issue! It could be the best one to date. And what great timing. Just as we were getting bored of our same old favs, here comes a fresh new list of great grub that wecouldeat!
194 Bleecker St (MacDougal St / 6th Ave)
We might as well start with the A’s for our first fall Gotham eating adventure. Aamchi Pao is a great little storefront on Bleecker offering Indian street foods. There are 3 distinct offerings on the menu that each come with various fillings and flavors. The Pao Sliders are similar to burger sliders, but offer flavors like Chicken Tikka, Tandori and Spinach Lentil. The Kathi Roll is like a small version of a burrito. The Stuffed Paratha is a stuffed flatbread, we had the aloo, which has potatoes. All 3 types come in meat or veg options and like most good Indian food, the flavors are so robust, that you won’t miss the meat. Like any smart small eatery, the are a limited number of ingredients that show in the 3 major food forms. It’s a good place for something cheap and different. With cans of soda, and 3 dishes, Spud and I ate for $20. It’s very clean and the staff is surprisingly nice to boot.