Tasty $1 Treats in NYC

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Who would have thought you can eat for $1 in this city? When I started my hunt, I was shocked at how many tasty treats were only a buck. But like shopping at a 99-cent store, these foods are only approximately a buck (give or take a few coins).

Go ahead, try one. They will be gone before you can say "George Washington."

Falafel from Cinderella Falafel

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While you won't get a huge hunking sandwich, you do get a tasty half-pita stuffed with falafel, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and tahini. Good for a quick bite or light snack. Just make sure you ask for some of the fiery hot sauce on the side. Price: $1

Cinderella Falafel

129 2nd Avenue, New York NY 10003 (map)
212-995-1049

Pickles from Guss' World Famous Pickles

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Though they were warm from sitting out in the sun, these pickles packed a smart crunch and were flavored to briny perfection. My favorite is the sour, but they also have half-sour, sweet, and spicy. Price: 2 for $1

Guss' World Famous Pickles

85-87 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 (map)
212-334-3616

Sushi from Nori

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Nori in the West Village serves special sushi pieces for $1 each. I sampled the tobiko (flying fish roe), tuna, striped bass, and eel. All four were delicious. The only catch (heh) is that during dinner hours (5:30 p.m. to midnight), you have to spend $8 to get the deal. But at lunch, get however many you want. Price: $1 each for select pieces

Nori

129 Second Avenue, New York NY 10003 (map)
212-677-4825

Agedashi Tofu from May's Place

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On the same block as Nori, May's Place offers even more $1 options. The best thing on the menu: agedashi tofu. The thick chunk of sweet, firm tofu comes in a bowl filled with soy sauced-based tentsuyu and scallions. Slightly fried, the delicate skin opens up flavors that will make you smile when you break it. Price: $1 per chunk

May's Place

121 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (map)
212-533-8448

Italian Ice from Various Street Stands

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Throughout the summer, Italian ice stands litter all five boroughs, especially near schools and playgrounds. Pretty much every stand carries the staples: coconut, cherry and rainbow--but look out for other flavors like lime and mango. Price: varies

Dumplings from Dumpling Man

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These small dumplings pack a punch. You can get them steamed or seared with pork, chicken, vegetable, or shrimp. I liked the steamed chicken and seared vegetable best. Don't want just one? They get cheaper the more you buy. Price: 80 to 99¢ each

Dumpling Man

100 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10009 (map)
212-505-2121

Pork Buns in Queens

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Queens has some of the cheapest, best Chinese food in the city. Pick up a quartet of hot, fluffy pork buns, a freshly grilled scallion pancake, or tender, spicy fish balls at the widow stalls under the elevated train. While there is no seating, the library steps across the street make a good picnic venue. Price: 4 for $1.25

60 Main Street, Queens NY 11367 (map)
718-939-1032

Meat on a Stick in Queens

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Choose from beef, pork, squid, tripe, broccoli, white fish, and a bunch of other meat and veggie options on a stick. Once you pick, a nice woman will dip the speared food into a vat of sizzling oil and cook it on the spot. Get the hot sauce for an extra zing. Price: $1 each

24 Main Street, Queens, NY 11367 (map)

Frozen Yogurt from Yogurt Station

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You might want a lot more then a dollar's worth of this frozen yogurt. The new shop is self-serve so mix and match any flavors you want. My favorite combination is cake batter and dutch chocolate. Get it while it's cheap (this is a special grand opening promotion). Price: 35¢ an ounce

Yogurt Station

18 St. Marks Place, New York NY 10003 (map)
212-677-5017‎

French Fries from Papaya Dog

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Papaya Dog isn't necessarily known for its french fries. These golden, crispy beauties are definitely worth the price and can be found at all the locations. Price: 99¢

Papaya Dog

239 1st Avenue, New York NY 10009 (map)
646-654-7110

About the author: Linnea Covington is a freelance writer in Brooklyn who loves to write, eat, cook, and blog about food.

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