Posted by: Jeffsayyes | July 27, 2011

Real Cheap Eats – I’m Hungry for Launch

When Time Out NY came out with their Cheap Eats issue, I totally lost faith in big media’s guidance for telling people about real, cheap eating out in NY. The pizza list was a complete joke in particular, and they made it obvious that any borough outside of Brooklyn or Manhattan weren’t allowed to eat in their lunchroom. While still a good resource for events and sht like that, they lost all respect as far as picking out a worthy place to eat. I’ll consult yelp instead.

Here, check out their “cheap” eats list: Best Pizza, Co., DiFara, Keste, Paulie Gee’s, Lucali, Rubirosa, Eataly, and a few others. While they did choose great slices, the writer clearly did not read the assignment because these are actually the most expensive pizzas in the city.

I wasn’t the only one who felt like our Real, Cheap flag wasn’t being held high. NYC probably has the best real cheap eats cred in the country – We are so freaking bountiful. I can eat a different culture’s food every day for at least 3 months straight. Why is it so difficult to hire people who don’t live in your bubble, Time Out? I’m actually at an existential dilemma myself with this thing because there are great, authentic, affordable food in nearly every neighborhood in the city, so I’d rather just help people become explorers themselves than tell about what I ate for lunch…

Beet Thai sandwich on RCE (courtesy: Penfold)

Enter Real Cheap Eats ( Led by James Boo, around 20 of the city’s monster chow hounds got together and made a website dedicated to showing quick posts on great cheap eats all around the city. Every post has a big picture, includes the price (all under $10), and have a small, palatable write-up. What makes it awesome is that you have some big players in the food exploration game giving just a few of their best tips. It’s all killer, no filler here.. No advertiser’s specials, and no favors to our friends – We didn’t have room for that.

I chose to contribute with pizza choices because I’m most qualified for that, have pictures of all of my travels, and because I always want these unsung places to have a chorus. I put in Yankees JZ Pizza in the Bronx, Sunnyside Pizza in Queens, Nonna’s in Staten Island and a few others. You’ll find over 100 recommendations on the site today, with more growth scheduled for the future. I’m not even sure what Mr. Boo has in store next, but I’m happy to help whatever his dreams are.

Check it out and tell me what you think!


  1. Sunnyside Pizza is da bomb! I live on 40th Street and I order from there all the time!

  2. Cheers to you for waving the cheap eats flag high in all the boroughs – and for encouraging people to explore on their own.

    Maybe we should start a Berlin version of Real Cheap Eats?!

  3. Tortas Nezas needs a write up on there. Just went to Coatzingo for first time in a while and Nezas Cemita is so much better. TC is goood, but once I had Nezas it doesn’t compare.

    • 2 slices, I am very sorry to tell you this, but Nezas is closed! both of them. I have no idea what happened.

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