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3 Affordable New York City Restaurants Locals Love

By: Carol Cain

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When it comes to great food, New York City, New York, has plenty to offer.

The city welcomes hundreds of new restaurants every year. But for all the choices New Yorkers have, residents often hold a few restaurants near and dear to their hearts. Eat a meal at one of these landmark restaurants that locals love, and you’ll get an excellent taste of the city’s diverse food scene and the local culture — without spending too much money.

Malecon — Washington Heights, Manhattan

This Caribbean food restaurant at Broadway and West 175th Street (near the A train 175th Street station in Manhattan) has been a staple in the Washington Heights neighborhood for more than 30 years. Malecon Restaurant is airy and bright, filled with the sounds of Spanish music and conversation.

If you come for breakfast, order the mangu — mashed green plantains with your choice of eggs, cheese and/or breakfast meat. Don’t forget your cafe con leche, a popular blend of espresso and milk. For lunch, try the delicious rotisserie chicken with rice and beans. Entrée prices range from $3 to $35.

Malecon has been a fixture in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan for more than three decades.

Malecon has been a fixture in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan for more than three decades.
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Periyali — Flatiron District, Manhattan

If you are craving authentic Greek food in New York City, the place to go is Periyali on West 20th Street between 5th and 6th avenues in central Manhattan. To get there, take the 1 or 2 train to the 18th Street station. A dining staple since 1987, this intimate, festive restaurant offers friendly service and a great place to mingle with local Greeks. You might even spot a few celebrities!

Start with the traditional anise-scented Greek drink, ouzo, and ask the waiter to recommend a Greek wine to pair with the shrimp saganaki or grilled octopus. The prix fixe lunch and dinner menus are great deals. Prices for dishes range from $9 to $35.

Whether you’re looking for saganaki or a celebrity sighting, Periyali is a must-try restaurant in central Manhattan.

Whether you’re looking for saganaki or a celebrity sighting, Periyali is a must-try restaurant in central Manhattan.
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Bareburger — Multiple Locations

If you want a tasty burger without having to wait in the long lines you’ll find at other city restaurants, try Bareburger. This fun, inviting and delicious organic burger chain has multiple locations in New York City.

No matter what you order, it will be loaded with tasty, all-natural ingredients. You can go for a bean, veggie or beef burger, or you can get adventurous and try the wild boar, elk or bison burger. Prices for burgers start at just under $10, while sides like fries, coleslaw and onion rings range from $3.25 to $5.95. 

Choose from several spots in the city to try the organic burgers at Bareburger.

Choose from several spots in the city to try the organic burgers at Bareburger.
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