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Jack's Wife Freda (NYC)
For another approach to casual, heartwarming fare, the far East Village has given us Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter. Just stepping into this tiny, bustling, Rockwellesque feeding station with its eighteen seats (six of them counter stools) will boost your morale. There’s fried chicken flying out of the kitchen at a steady clip, a well-curated collection of hot sauces on the counter (Texas Pete is the one you want), and Willie Nelson and New Riders of the Purple Sage on the sound system.
Jack’s Wife Freda 224 Lafayette St., nr. Spring St.; 212-510-8550
the toucan and the lion. 342 e. 6th st., nr. first ave. the underground gourmet recommends the burger, $17, plus kale slaw, $7; total $24.
no name bar. 597 manhattan ave, nr driggs ave, greenpoint. the underground gourmet recommends the seasonal greens, $6, plus lamb cumin noodle plate, $12; total $18.
places i want to try on this NYC cheap eats 2012 list: mission chinese food, mile end sandwich, bobwhite lunch & supper counter, and sticky's finger joint. the rest, i find lame or actually not-that-cheap.
Mile End Sandwich | The Underground Gourmet’s 2012 Cheap List -- Grub Street New York
Pasta at Gaia Italian Cafe. This affordable restaurant ranked number 2 on the 101 Best (New) Cheap Eats list in NYC. Photo: Bobby Doherty
Spring in Central Park, NYC
Ivan Ramen: #10 on the list of the 101 Best Cheap Eats in NYC. Photo: Bobby Doherty
Cutting Board: #87 on the list of the 101 Best Cheap Eats in NYC. Photo: Cassandra Rose Tannenbaum
Peasant Restaurant 194 Elizabeth St. between Spring St. and Prince St. (Nolita) New York NY, 10012 Phone: 212-965-9511
El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette: #3 on the list of 101 Cheap Eats in NYC. Photo: Bobby Doherty
sticky's finger joint. 31 w. 8th st., nr macdougal st. the underground gourmet recommends the three "crunchy" chicken fingers, plus slaw, two sauces, and green bean "fries," $10.
Han Dynasty: #26 on the list of the 101 Best Cheap Eats in NYC.