Jack's 99-Cent Store: 5 Foods We Bought, and Didn't Mind Eating


I'm all for cheap sushi, but dollar store sushi? Might I die?

Curiosity got the better of me. I decided that along with sampling the sushi, I'd track down the unexpected best of Jack's 99 Cent Store's food selection.

For the unfamiliar, Jack's occupies two stories of bargain-hunting pandemonium at 110 West 32nd Street; map. (There's another location at 16 East 40th Street; map.) Much of the first floor is dedicated to food, cosmetics, and toiletries, while the second floor carries discounted home goods. During peak hours, expect to brave sharp elbows and narrow aisles. I loaded up my basket with unlikely dollar store treats like knishes, panini, scallop cakes, and yes, sushi.

You might have better luck buying plain ol' groceries instead of lunch. Jack's carries plenty of familiar supermarket brands: Philadelphia cream cheese, White Rose cheese, Pepperidge Farm bread, Laughing Cow spreadable cheese, and Table Talk pies, to name a few.

What would you recommend eating at Jack's? Or other dollar stores?

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