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The Best Cheap Eats in New York City

The OpenTable Team

New York City has a storied legacy for being home to some of the world's best restaurants. The city has amazing eateries, authentic mom-and-pop spots, trendy places for people-watching, and everything in between. Luckily, taking advantage of the best dining spots in NYC does not mean dropping a fortune—there are plenty of dining establishments with options as affordable as they are delicious. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to rooftop bars, buzzy tapas spots to airy brasseries—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Freds Madison at Barneys New York, Bar Boulud, Westlight
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, French
Neighborhoods:Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Williamsburg
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Freds Madison at Barneys New York

$$$$·American·
Upper East Side
1,747 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • People Watching
When it comes to shopping in New York City, Barneys considers itself to be one of the most high-end and expensive department stores. However, luckily, the restaurant in the MadisonRead more
87% recommended
Great for Lunch in Manhattan

Bar Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper West Side
7,615 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Daniel Boulud is one of the most famous restauranteurs in NYC. For the best cheap eats that he has to offer, then go to Bar Boulud, the most budget version of Daniel Boulud's foodRead more
90% recommended

Westlight

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
881 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
For a trendy, inspiring atmosphere that also serves some cheap eats, head to Westlight. Westlight is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, arguably the trendiest neighborhood in the entire woRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Brooklyn
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,508 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy
Looking for historic, classic New York fare that is affordable? Minetta Tavern might just be the place. When compared to some of the more recognizable names in New York restaurantsRead more
87% recommended
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,845 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
French food is the star at Le Coucou, the beloved French eatery where food comes artfully prepared and the service is reliably helpful and friendly. Le Coucou has a couple of optioRead more
92% recommended
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,234 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
Balthazar is one of the most famous contemporary dining institutions in NYC, made famous by shows like Sex and the City. Today, Balthazar gets packed starting at lunchtime because Read more
90% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
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La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
824 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Midtown is notoriously overpriced when it comes to dining since it is an area home to a lot of business diners eating on expense accounts and tourists who are only in town to see BRead more
94% recommended

The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
696 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
People will feel like they are at a country club when they eat at The Polo Bar, but diners will not have to pay the membership dues. The Polo Bar is surprisingly reasonable for a pRead more
95% recommended
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,519 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
Upland is another newbie on the dining scene that will allow diners to revel in the trendy crowd of the fashion capital while eating. No one would say that Upland is one of the besRead more
91% recommended
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
273 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
One might think that a restaurant called “The Lobster Club” is as expensive as they come. Not so with the Lobster Club in NYC, which manages to make fine dining seem like cheap eatRead more
100% recommended

Sant Ambroeus SoHo

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
389 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Cozy
Saint Ambroeus is somewhat synonymous with luxury. There are outposts of the restaurant in places like the Upper East Side, Palm Beach, and the Hamptons. However, check out the SaiRead more
87% recommended

Lafayette

$$$$·French·
NoHo
2,657 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Lafayette is one of NYC's trendiest restaurants. The atmosphere in the eatery is unforgettable: the banquettes are comfortable, the ceiling is soaring, and the baked goods displayeRead more
92% recommended

Covina

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
576 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
For cheap eats at one of the city's most exciting new restaurants, head to Covina for their happy hour. This American-Mediterranean fusion restaurant has a happy hour daily for eatRead more
98% recommended

Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
835 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Casa Enrique guests can enjoy incredible food for cheap, especially when eating lunch there. Items like guacamole, lengua (cow tongue) tacos, and chicken enchiladas are some of theRead more
94% recommended
Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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The Loyal

$$$$·American·
West Village
445 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
Diners feel loyal to the food at the Loyal once they try their happy hour. While this trendy downtown eatery can get pricey, the happy hour allows customers to sample their outstanRead more

Sea Fire Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown East
2,296 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Seafood can be expensive. Why not sample some of the best at the most affordable prices possible for fine dining? The Seafire Grill finds ways to make tasting their exquisite menu Read more
93% recommended

Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
872 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Legendary restaurateur Tom Colicchio is the mastermind behind Temple Court. Don't expect fast food prices here. But, in terms of a Tom Colicchio restaurant, this place serves up soRead more
90% recommended

Amaranth

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Upper East Side
501 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
One of the places for best cheap eats that feels cozy and romantic is Amaranth. Amaranth is on the Upper East Side (East 62nd), and offers reasonably priced and artfully-prepared IRead more
86% recommended

ABC Cocina

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Union Square
2,533 reviews
When looking at ABC Cocina from the outside, people see a carpet store. This makes sense since the eater is inside ABC Carpet and Home. ABC Cocina, a Latin restaurant by legendary Read more
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