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:Americana, Francesa
Neighborhoods:Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Williamsburg

Freds Madison at Barneys New York

$$$$·Americana·
Upper East Side
1,847 reviews
  • Ideal para la comida
  • Punto de atracción
  • Ideal para el brunch
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
89% recommended
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Bar Boulud

$$$$·Francesa·
Upper West Side
7,990 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Carta de vinos notable
  • Joya del vecindario
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
88% recommended
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Westlight

$$$$·Americana·
Williamsburg
943 reviews
  • Vista panorámica
  • Ideal para una cita
  • Ocasión especial
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
93% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·Francesa·
West Village
2,634 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Joya del vecindario
  • Punto de atracción
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
89% recommended
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Le Coucou

$$$$·Francesa·
SoHo
2,926 reviews
  • Ocasión especial
  • Romántico
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
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

$$$$·Francesa·
SoHo
7,983 reviews
  • Ideal para el brunch
  • Ideal para la comida
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
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
91% recommended
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La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

$$$$·Italiana·
Midtown East
1,051 reviews
  • Joya del vecindario
  • Ideal para una cita
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
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
90% recommended
14 people mentioned the Tagliatelle
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The Polo Bar

$$$$·Americana·
Midtown East
700 reviews
  • Ocasión especial
  • Ideal para una cita
  • Romántico
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
12 people mentioned the Popovers
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Upland

$$$$·Americana contemporánea·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,583 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Punto de atracción
  • Ocasión especial
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
92% recommended
72 people mentioned the Duck Wings
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japonesa·
Midtown East
306 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Punto de atracción
  • Ocasión especial
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
85% recommended
8 people mentioned the Bento Box
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Sant Ambroeus SoHo

$$$$·Italiana·
SoHo
463 reviews
  • Ideal para cenas al aire libre
  • Ideal para el brunch
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
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
82% recommended
8 people mentioned the Veal Milanese
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Lafayette

$$$$·Francesa·
NoHo
2,854 reviews
  • Joya del vecindario
  • Buena opción para grupos
  • Ideal para el brunch
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
100% recommended
51 people mentioned the Croissants

Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexicana·
Long Island City
914 reviews
  • Auténtico
  • Joya del vecindario
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
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
95% recommended
19 people mentioned the Carne Asada
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The Loyal

$$$$·Americana·
West Village
555 reviews
  • Joya del vecindario
  • Ideal para el brunch
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
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
100% recommended
Americana in Manhattan
12 people mentioned the Rigatoni

Sea Fire Grill

$$$$·Pescados y Mariscos·
Midtown East
2,534 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Romántico
  • Buena opción para grupos
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
96% recommended
Pescados y Mariscos in Manhattan
39 people mentioned the Manhattan

Temple Court on 10

$$$$·Americana·
Financial District
1,186 reviews
  • Romántico
  • Ocasión especial
  • Conversación tranquila
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
100% recommended
Mejor Ambiente in Manhattan
30 people mentioned the Baked Alaska
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Amaranth

$$$$·Mediterránea·
Upper East Side
635 reviews
  • Ideal para cenas al aire libre
  • Ideal para la comida
  • Joya del vecindario
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
94% recommended
8 people mentioned the Focaccia

ABC Cocina

$$$$·Tapas / Botanas·
Union Square
2,542 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Punto de atracción
  • Buena opción para grupos
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
91% recommended
63 people mentioned the Fritters
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