Top 5 Hole in the Wall Restaurants

I don’t know about you guys but I LOVE GOOD FOOD! Growing up in an Indian household in a Latin American country really forces you to learn to appreciate flavor. It’s probably one of my favorite things to do, along with sleeping and Amazon shopping (Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, this girl has no life but hey! I enjoy a sedentary state when I’m not interning or going to school). These might not be the best spots to impress a first date but they’re pretty darn cheap and their food is delicious even though the ambiance is not all that impressive.

5.Pure Thai Cookhouse

JuneSLR-074 Photo Cred: http://www.twofatbellies.com

This place is tiny tiny and gets mad crowded on the weekends so if you’re not willing to wait for a table I would recommend going on a weekday/night. My best friend and I were checking out an Off Broadway show and we were starving afterwards so we came across this place after a quick Nearby search on Yelp and decided to give it a try. This is the place you go to if you want to have your usual Thai dishes (except they will blow your mind because you’ll finally realize that all this time you were living a lie by eating mediocre Thai takeout).

766 9th Ave
New York, NY10019
b/t 51st St & 52nd St in Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West, Theater District

4.Great Burrito

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This Mexican place in Chelsea is probably one of the dingiest places I’ve ever been to eat. However, it’s definitely worth noting that it was probably one of the yummiest! Their enchiladas are to die for and they’re so cheap. They have quite a variety of Mexican dishes and they all look like they were made by the Mexican grandmother you wish you had.

100 W 23rd St
New York, NY10011b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave in Chelsea

3.Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle

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So I had bookmarked this place on Yelp ages ago but I only got around to going about a week ago. After watching my friend get tattooed at a tattoo parlor in Chinatown we ran over to this little spot to grab a quick yet extremely satisfying dinner. Their noodles and dumplings are handmade in house perfection, you can actually hear the guy slapping around the noodles as you eat. And the best part is it’s probably the cheapest Chinese meal you could expect to eat anywhere in Manhattan, $3 for 12 dumplings? And $9 for 50?! Um, yes please!

144 E Broadway
New York, NY10002
b/t Pike St & East Broadway in Chinatown, Lower East Side

2.Esperanto

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This remotely located Brazilian place is a long time favorite of mine, I used to live on Avenue C so it was literally a couple of steps away. And man, can I just tell you, their brunch deal is TO DIE FOR! $12.50 for a drink (Orange juice, mimosa, bloody mary or screw driver), an entree and coffee or tea. Their regular menu is a little pricier but it’s so worth it and the place is really cute, it’s a great spot to catch up with friends over some drinks or to grab a super satisfying meal if you’re hungover.

145 Ave C
New York, NY10009
East Village, Alphabet City

1.Margon

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Hands down the best Cuban sandwich in Manhattan. If you’re ever craving a good Cuban I would recommend trekking up to the 30 Rock vicinity to pick up a perfectly toasted sandwich from Margon, it’s heavenly. I’m not even a fan of pickles or mustard but this sandwich is too good to pass up. I intern in the area and I look forward to lunch time so I can get my Cubano fix and go!

136 W 46th St
New York, NY10036
b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave in Midtown West, Theater District

So next time you’re craving some yummy cheap noms, try one of these places out and let me know how it went!

-Ashi

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