Cheap & Free Eats in New York City

By: Staff -
Last Updated: October 21, 2013

In this section we will be building a list of great places to eat for cheap and free in New York City.

We plan to update this list regularly and want to hear from you with places you think should be added to our list. Not only will we add addresses and times of when to get these deals, but we’re going to add concise reviews of the specials available and let you know exactly what we think of the food.

Use this list of cheap and free eats to save yourself some money while still feeling satisfied after your meal. We will be sure to let you know about any FREE food or drink you may be able to grab at any location we talk about. There are a number of bars, for example, which give out free appetizers when you buy a drink. Some other places may give out free tea or other such drink if you buy some food. Yet others have wonderful lunch specials you can't miss out on. One of the best ways to eat well and save a bundle in NYC is to eat out for lunch rather than for dinner. That way you can take advantage of some of the wonderfully cheap lunch specials many of the city's restaurants have to offer.

Email us with any additions you feel should be added to the list and we’ll take a look right away. Happy eating!

183 Bleecker Street (Between MacDougal & Sullivan in Greenwich Village)
New York, NY

1849 offers Buffalo wings for $0.55 each every day between 3pm and 6pm and all day on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. You can order them ten at a time, and trust me, ten wings is more than enough for most. Their wings are the meatiest I have ever had in New York City and at 55 cents a wings, if you’re a Buffalo wing lover, this deal can not be beat.

280 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014

Everyone loves an expensive fish dinner with wine and oysters. But what if it wasn’t so expensive? A great option is Fish on Bleecker and 7th Ave. It’s a less snobby fish place, but not quite a dive either. Come in for their Red, White and Blue happy hour special. 6 Blue Point oysters (or clams on the half shell) plus a glass of Pabst, Red or White wine for $8. Seriously, you can’t beat that! I’m always a little weary about cheap oysters, but these tasted like they were fresh from the Atlantic. The happy hour is 6pm to 8pm, but I also hear they have a half price lobster special on weekends for only $19. I haven’t tried it, but the reviews are good. Can anyone say cheap (but not lame) date?

Happy Taco Burrito 235 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012

Are you in the mood for some Tex-Mex, or at least something which is a bit like Tex-Mex? This place may be for you. It is a small takeout / eat-in hole in the wall, but it is perfect for anyone on a budget. Their food is very decent, fresher than most Tex-Mex places I have been to and their flour tortillas are actually very good, fresh and warm. You can get a taco here for as little as $1.29 and you’ll only need a few to fill you up. They also have a combo option for as little as $5.39. The combo comes with Mexican rice, beans, two flour tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes and whichever meat you ask for. The combo also includes a free can of soda. Not too shabby for $5.39. I’ve eaten here a number of times and it never fails to fill me up.

Happy Taco Burrito offers FREE tea. At the counter is a large tub of tea. It is actually pretty good stuff. Grab a cup or two while waiting for your food. If you are taking your food to go, grab a cup of tea for the walk. It is the same tea you pay $1.50 for at a coffee shop or local tea spot.

Mamoun's Falafel
119 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012

Something everyone must try while in New York City is the Falafel. My favorite can be found at Mamoun's Falael located in Greenwich Village. For a measly $3.00 you’ll get yourself a toasted pita filled to the brim with fried chickpeas, lettuce, onion, tomatoes and yogurt. This is a great treat for you vegetarians out there. Try some of their hot sauce, but don't use too much, it is HOT! 

Their food is fresh, filling and CHEAP and they are open everyday until the wee hours of the morning.