New York City restaurants offer delectable food in all price ranges. While famous chefs can hog the headlines, there are tasty affordable meals around every corner. When you’re up for trying a new cuisine on the cheap, visit one of this weeks picks.
El Castillo de Jagua (113 Rivington Street) This lower east side gem has been part of the neighborhood for forty years, welcoming Spanish people and foodies from all over New York City. El Castillo specializes in authentic Caribbean Spanish cuisine. Starting at $8 you can feast on a juicy meat or fish platter served with rice and beans. Chicken Soup, Hearty Meat Soup, Baked Chicken and Codfish are all on the menu in plentiful portions. Keeping things even more reasonable, you can bring your own beer or wine. Their meats are tender and juicy, served with warm buttered bread. As football season approaches, keep them in mind for catering the games at your pad. El Castillo is a low-cost option if you want to order take out for small and large groups.
Banh Mi Saigon (198 Grand Street) For over two decades Banh Mi Saigon has been making traditional Vietnamese sandwiches and Vietnamese goodies. Each baguette is stuffed with savory meats enhanced with mayo, hot peppers, pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber and cilantro. Grilled chicken and shredded pork Banh Mi sandwiches are around $6. Summer Rolls, Buns and Vietnamese Salads start at $5 and are made to order. Bahn is mostly a take out place with just a few seats for diners. Plan on picking up vittles for lunch or bring home a smorgasburg for dinner. This may be a small no frills spot, but they are big on taste. Huge portions, fresh vegetables, flavorful meats and crunchy breads keep patrons coming back for more.
Cheeky Sandwiches (35 Orchard Street) Cheeky is known for a melt-in-your-mouth Fried Chicken, buttermilk biscuit, cole slaw and gravy sandwich for $6.50. With a wink to New Orleans, they serve fresh biscuits, chicory coffee and $1 beignets for dessert. You can also choose a Braised Beef with arugula, Marinated Pork Chops and Roasted Beet sandwiches. Cheeky is the definition of hole-in-the-wall joint, but don’t pass by, try a sandwich or two with some bread pudding to wash it all down.