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Cheapest Spots for Great Grub in Manhattan

While dining out in Manhattan can be exciting and fun, it can also be a significant drain on your wallet. And with so many upscale and high-end restaurants and venues located in the Big Apple, it can be hard to treat yourself when you’re on a limited budget. Lucky for you, we’re here to help, thanks to our friends at Cheap Movers NYC! The Cheap Movers NYC (website | Facebook | Tumblr) guide to hidden foodie gems are chock full of flavor and won’t break the bank. From Manhattan’s cheapest moving company, here are the cheapest spots for great grub in the City:

Vanessa’s Dumplings

With locations in Chinatown, Union Square, and Williamsburg, Vanessa’s Dumplings can satisfy your craving no matter where you’re staying in the city. The fresh dumplings are always a hit with customers, and at $1.50 for four, you can afford to try a large variety. The Sesame Pancake is another crowd pleaser and is also large enough to split with another person. Vanessa’s is also open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. so that you can get delicious dumplings all day long!

The Halal Guys

With full meals starting at just $7, you can’t go wrong with Midtown West’s Halal Guys. The rice bowl combos here are a big hit with locals and come with a choice of falafel, chicken, gyro, or all three. There are also multiple locations of this spot around the city, with some that are open until the wee hours of the morning! And for those who love spicy and tangy flavors, be sure to order Halal’s hot sauce along with your meal.

Craving authentic gyros? Head on over to Halal Guys for quality dishes at great prices!

Craving authentic gyros? Head on over to Halal Guys for quality dishes at great prices!

Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle

Located in Chinatown in the Lower East Side, Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle is a winner when it comes to tasty food at a bargain price. Open until 11 p.m. daily; you’ll find an order of 10 dumplings for a mere $3 at this hot NYC spot! All noodles are made in-house with bowls starting at $5.50, and many of the dishes come with heaping portions. With a regular crowd of customers, limited space, and cash only policy, be sure to come prepared when heading to Lam Zhou for lunch or dinner.

Los Tacos No. 1

Tucked away in the Chelsea Market, customers can’t decide whether they love the authentic Mexican tacos or the prices more at Los Tacos No. 1. Taco dishes here start at $3.50, and the menu also boasts tasty quesadillas, nachos, and mulas as well. And as a bonus, Los Tacos accepts credit cards and is open until 11 p.m., making it a convenient stop for a quick bite to eat at all hours of the day and night.

Los Tacos is perfect for a quick and delicious bite to eat before jumping into a taxi or catching a subway.

Los Tacos is perfect for a quick and delicious bite to eat before jumping into a taxi or catching a subway.

Xi’an Famous Foods

With multiple locations including Chinatown, the East Village, Midtown, Brooklyn, and Queens, Xi’an Famous Foods is convenient no matter where you are in NYC. The noodles, spicy cumin lamb burger, and vegetarian fare are all favorited by locals, and with prices starting around $2.50 per item, you can try them all and decide for yourself which one is best! Open for lunch or dinner; it’s the perfect place to satisfy your hunger on an extremely limited budget.

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Guide to the Best Mexican Food in Manhattan

If you’re in need of a good Mexican food fix, look no further than the island of Manhattan. With authentic venues that are scattered throughout the neighborhood, you’re guaranteed to find that taco or enchilada dish that you’re craving. When hunger strikes, here’s our list of the best places to satisfy an appetite for Chimichangas or Chile Rellenos:

Los Tacos No. 1

Located in the heart of the Chelsea Market, this popular Mexican joint has some of the best tacos in NYC. Each one is piled high with fresh toppings and comes with the choice of a cheese taco shell. The menu also includes other Mexican treats such as fried cactus quesadillas and Mexican sodas. Trust us, this place is worth waiting in a long line for. Plus, it won’t put a hole in your wallet, as tacos run a modest $3-4 each.

Ponche Taqueria and Cantina

This hidden gem sits in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen in Midtown and offers delivery, carry-out, or dining within its small and cozy interior. The restaurant is well-known for its delicious tacos, and the Pescado and Alambre tacos are among the crowd favorites.  Ponche also serves a variety of homemade hot sauces to set your taste buds on fire. Just be sure to bring along a pack of your favorite brews, as Ponche’s is BYOB.

Try one of the many delicious tacos at Ponche Taqueria and Cantina.

Try one of the many delicious tacos at Ponche Taqueria and Cantina.

La Contenta

If you’re looking for a romantic atmosphere with authentic Mexican fare, take your significant other to this cozy, candle-lit spot on the Lower East Side. With a full bar run by true mixologists, all of the margaritas served at La Contenta are made with fresh ingredients. The menu includes a delicious poached lobster in chile sauce, pan-roasted salmon, and braised short ribs served with tortilla chips. Although the entrees tend to be a little pricey, the flavors and beautiful plating makes it worth it.

Yuca Bar & Restaurant

Yuca is a tapas bar with an energetic vibe and is a great place for taking large groups of family and friends. Located in the East Village, the restaurant serves heavenly sangrias and mojitos all night long and runs fantastic happy hour specials from 1-8 p.m. on ‘Loco Tuesdays.’ Yuca serves everything from brunch to dinner to dessert, and the menu includes savory Mexican tapas, tasty Spanish bread pudding, and their famous Yuca fries.

Mojitos and margaritas are made with fresh ingredients at Yuca.

Mojitos and margaritas are made with fresh ingredients at Yuca.

Breakroom

Located in the middle of busy Chinatown, Breakroom is a small and friendly venue with a unique take on Mexican cuisine. The restaurant serves delicious Mexican-inspired burgers with runny eggs, jalapeños, and pork belly and fusion-styled tacos, such as the tempura fish taco. It’s a perfect place for those who like to try something new and need a quick bite to eat. Just remember to bring some cash with you, as Breakroom runs a strict $15 card minimum.

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