Three Classic New York Foodie Heavens for Visitors on a Budgetlunchbox
For sweet snacks with coffee head to Doughnut Plant.
New York is known as the big apple, but really doughnuts should be the city’s gastronomic mascot. On almost every street there is somewhere to buy doughnuts, and if we’re honest they are a hard to dislike– they’re deep fried carbohydrates covered in sugar after all?! Which makes it all the more incredible how outstanding the ever changing selection at Doughnut Plant tastes.
Their Crème Brulee doughnuts even have the signature hard sugar topping to bite into, revealing a gooey centre that oozes rich vanilla seeds and is possibly the nicest doughnut in the world! If you want something in a more American classic vein, try the peanut butter and banana cream square filled doughnut; or any of their daily specials for that matter. Oh and obviously indulge with a coffee on the side to wash it all down with while you watch the city life buzz all around you, all part of the New York experience.
- Lower East Side – 379 Grand Street
- Hotel Chelsea – 220 W 23rd Street
- For a lunch time pit stop try Prosperity Dumplings.
With 3.07 million foreign-born immigrants living in New York City, more than any other city in the world it’s a great place to experience world cuisine. If it’s Chinese food you want to experience, New York City has the highest number of Chinese born people outside of China – meaning the scope and quality of Chinese cooking in the city is both vast and impressive.
If you can put aesthetics aside and ignore the unappealing exterior of Prosperity Dumplings, you’ll be rewarded not only with delicious, freshly cooked to order fried dumplings but also incredible value for money. At just $1 for five dumplings, it’s hard not to go overboard when ordering. If you feel guilty at the quantity you’re able to devour, fear not; there is a New Jersey resident who drives into the city on a daily basis just to eat these delights.
- 46 Eldridge St #1, New York, NY 10002
- For comfort food in the evening that doesn’t break the bank head to S’MAC.
For something traditionally American, it’s hard to beat the satisfying comfort of good old macaroni and cheese, which is why we recommend taking a trip to S’Mac. Created by husband and wife team Sarita and Caesar Ekya, the pair pondered the possibility of opening a restaurant offering just one dish, in a variety of guises and settled on mac-n-cheese. From the All American; American and Cheddar cheeses, to Napoletana; fresh mozzarella, roasted garlic, tomatoes and fresh basil there are almost too many to choose from! If that is the case though there is always the “Make your own” option, with 15 cheeses, plus herbs, mix ins and meats to choose from. Available in Nosh, Major Munch, Mongo and Partay portion sizes you can order as a group or just a very hungry individual. Great value for money.
- East Village – 345 East 12th Street between 1st and 2nd avenues.
- Murray Hill – 157 East 33rd Street between Lexington and 3rd avenues.