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15 Awesome and Affordable Places To Eat in NYC for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

There are two things I was expecting New York City to have a major affect on: my appetite (increasing, dramatically) and my bank account (decreasing, also dramatically). And I was right on at least one of those counts. New York has SO many restaurants, cafes, bars, street food trucks, dessert parlours and stores that sell delicious food from all around the world. To be honest, it was hard to know where to start. But with a little research, some great recommendations and a few cases of blind luck, we ended up in some really brilliant eateries. My focus was on finding good food that didn’t cost the earth – and I think we did a pretty good job of sticking on a relatively modest budget. So if you’re after some inspiration for affordable places to eat in NYC, here’s my list. Settle in, and prepare to get hungry!


New York City has some amazing breakfast options – from the classic NYC bagel to all-American pancakes. We stayed in the Financial District, so the majority of our affordable NYC breakfast are based around there…

Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish (Tribeca & various others)

Because if you don’t eat a bagel while you’re in NYC, who even are you? The first bagel stop we made was Zucker’s, for the first of a few bagel brekkies over the weekend, and it was a big boy! Packed with soft and impossibly fresh tasting cream cheese, sprinkled with sesame seeds, I was hoping there’d be more to come… 146 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

Leo’s BagelsLeo’s Bagels (Financial District)

Reader – there WERE more to come. Leo’s Bagels is perfectly placed in the financial district for workers to fill up at breakfast and lunchtime. This time, I went for a sun dried tomato and garlic cream cheese, on a poppyseed bagel. I think I slightly preferred the normal cream cheese, but this was still delicious and ridiculously filling.

Open Market

(Financial District)

This food market with counter service and grab’n’go options I decided to have the banana and chocolate chip pancakes, and was met with a HUGE portion of proper American-style cakes. Perhaps not the best I’ve had, but they were still very enjoyable, filling and super chocolatey, which is a plus point for me.(I also picked up a can of iced coffee which had the equivalent of two and a half cups of normal coffee in. I was VERY lively that morning.)

Lunches and Dinners

I’m pretty sure I spent my entire time in New York disregarding the concept of mealtimes, as there’s too much great food, and I had too little time to eat it all in. So the following are either suitable for lunch or dinner, or both. Some you could probably even eat for breakfast (we might have done this with Joe’s Pizza…see below!)

The Doughnut Project (Midtown)


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