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, Westlight, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, French
Neighborhoods:Upper East Side, Williamsburg, SoHo

Freds Madison at Barneys New York

$$$$·American·
Upper East Side
1,844 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Hot Spot
  • 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 Madison...

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89% recommended
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Westlight

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
943 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions

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 wo...

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93% recommended
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,926 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

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 optio...

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92% recommended
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The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
700 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance

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 p...

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95% recommended
12 people mentioned the Popovers
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Sant Ambroeus SoHo

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
463 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
  • People Watching

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 Sai...

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8 people mentioned the Veal Milanese
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Lafayette

$$$$·French·
NoHo
2,859 reviews
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Brunch
  • Creative Cuisine

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 displaye...

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100% recommended
51 people mentioned the Croissants
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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
915 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 the...

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95% recommended
19 people mentioned the Carne Asada
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The Loyal

$$$$·American·
West Village
568 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 outstan...

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100% recommended
American in Manhattan
12 people mentioned the Rigatoni

Sea Fire Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown East
2,579 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

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 ...

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92% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
39 people mentioned the Manhattan
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Temple Court on 10

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,230 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • 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 so...

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94% recommended
30 people mentioned the Baked Alaska
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Amaranth

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Upper East Side
649 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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 I...

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93% recommended
Mediterranean in Manhattan
8 people mentioned the Focaccia