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If you know New York City, you know cheap eats are a rarity….but you just have to know where to look. I was born in New York City (this is Kathy talking – btw), and every time, I head back to the city, I have to stop by Papaya King.

Papaya King, inside, 23rd Street, NYC; photo by Kathy Leonardo; courtesy of ETG

I absolutely love the hot dogs here…but you gotta get all the fixins – mustard, onions and sauerkraut, relish too – if you can handle it. Papaya King has locations all over the city. Check for the one nearest you – https://www.papayaking.com/

If you love pizza, New York is THE place to be. Head to John’s of Bleecker Street for its famous coal fired pizza. This historic pizza place opened in 1929 at its original location on Sullivan Street. Currently on Bleeker Street, just look for the line that forms in the afternoon and you’ll know you have arrived. See the website for a menu and hours – http://www.johnsbrickovenpizza.com/

Mamoun’s Falafel from back in the day; photo courtesy; Mamoun’s Falafel

Mamoun’s Falafel has been around since 1971, It was my go-to falafel place in the village when I was in high school. The food was great, the prices were even better and they were open late. It is said to bethe oldest falafel restaurant in New York and one of the first Middle Eastern establishments in the United States.’ The family owned restaurant has expanded through the years with more locations and now offers franchises. For a full list of locations, visit the website – https://www.mamouns.com

If you are uptown…check another local place in Harlem called Sea & Sea Fish Market. It offers large portions for great prices. CLICK HERE to find out more (or go to Local/Value drop-down under the Eat/Drink Page on the Destinations Section of ETG.

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