Gallery: Staff Picks: Our Best Cheap Eats in New York

Plain Slice from Best Pizza
Plain Slice from Best Pizza
"If you assumed I'd pick a slice just because I'm the pizza editor...then you'd be 100% correct! This is toughvirtually impossible because there's pretty much no such thing as a slice that costs more than ten bucks. So now I've somehow committed to declaring my favorite slice of pizza of all time in all of New York. No way, no how, not even for you, SE: New York.

"So here's the best I can do. The most recent great slice that I've enjoyed is the classic, New Yorky plain slice ($3.75) at Best Pizza (the Grandma Slice is pretty damn great, too). It's got all that thin, bendy, crispy, chewy, cheesy, saucy action AND you can have 2.666667 of them for $10. How's that for cheap eats?" Niki Achitoff-Gray

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Lard Bread from Mazzola Bakery
Lard Bread from Mazzola Bakery
"My life changed when I was introduced to lard bread. You can find it at some Italian bakeries around the city, but my favorite loaf comes from Mazzola Bakery in Carroll Gardens. It's really more like a prosciutto cake, with pork nubbins baked right into the soft, black pepper-flecked dough. This loaf ($5.50) is one you'll keep ripping apart, losing track of all the bites. It's actually difficult to remember that other foods exist when there's lard bread in your hands. If you still have some left, walk over to Court Street and buy a ball of fresh mozzarella at Caputo's Fine Foods, then proceed to make the best grilled cheese of your life." Erin Zimmer

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Wonton Soup from Noodle Village
Wonton Soup from Noodle Village
"It's hard to go wrong with a restorative, filling bowl of wonton soup ($4.95 and up) at Noodle Village. Great broth, and perfect wontons each with a bit of pork and a whole shrimp. If you're feeling crazy, add some crispy fish skin, which functions sort of like the best crouton ever." Ben Fishner

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Dosas from the Ganesh Hindu Temple Canteen
Dosas from the Ganesh Hindu Temple Canteen
"You can get cheaper food in this city for six or seven bucks, but nothing that'll completely eclipse your plate like a dosa will. The best I've had in New York come from the Ganesh Temple Canteen, where the pancakes' crust, innards, and dipping sauces are all excellent—particularly the chili paneer and Hyderabadi dosa (pictured). But if you're sticking to Manhattan, Saravannah Bhavan does a great job, too."Max Falkowitz

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Doubles from A&A Bake & Doubles Shop
Doubles from A&A Bake & Doubles Shop
"Doubles. All day. A dollar-fifty gets you a small sandwich of spiced chickpeas on fluffy fried flatbread, with chutneys and hot sauce to boot. How can you top that for the price of a cup of coffee?" Carey Jones

[Photograph: Jamie Feldmar]

Pork and Vegetable Bun from Golden Steamer
Pork and Vegetable Bun from Golden Steamer
"A pork and veg bun from Golden Steamer, right around the corner from SEHQ—one makes lunch for less than $1! Splurge another 80 cents for a pumpkin bun and voila, dessert! Talk about incentive for not cooking in NYC." Jessica Leibowitz

Golden Steamer: 143 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 (map); 212-226-1886

[Photo: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Corner Slice from Sacco Pizza
Corner Slice from Sacco Pizza
"This is such a broad category. I mean, most of the food I like to eat in New york is $10 or less. If I had to pick, I'd go with a corner slice. My favorite would still be Sacco Pizza, which is certainly not the best slice in the city, but evokes unshakeable taste memories from my youth. Honestly, any corner slice'll do, so long as it looks nicely browned, not-too-cheesy, and has plenty of red chili flakes sprinkled on it." J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Tokyo Fried Chicken from Yaya Tea Garden
Tokyo Fried Chicken from Yaya Tea Garden
"Tokyo fried chicken from Yaya Tea Garden is my favorite cheap eat near the Serious Eats office. $4.95 gets you a pile of rice and chicken katsu with some cabbage thrown in. It's just a little too much for me to comfortably eat in one meal, but I rarely stop eating before reaching the food coma stage. Read more about it on my blog." Robyn Lee

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Shack Burger from Shake Shack
Shack Burger from Shake Shack
"A Shack Burger ($4.60) + Fifty/Fifty (ice tea and lemonade aka Arnold Palmer) ($2.25). Always satisfies." Alaina Browne

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Dumplings from Fried Dumpling
Dumplings from Fried Dumpling
"A five-pack of dumplings from the dumpling lady on Mosco Street. For $10 I can get 50 of them frozen that last me a month or two. Perfect for a quick dinner when I'm feeling lazy." Jen Winberg