New York Cheap Eat: Our favorite street food


It’s not always easy to find cheap eats in bustling cities like New York. Thankfully, the Big Apple does benefit from some of the least pricey and easiest-to-find fare. All you have to do is hit the streets!

Here’s a little bit about our favorite vendor, to get your appetite started:

Soho street meat

Cheapo note: True, the term “street meat” used to make us a tad queasy too, but then we found these primo slingers.

Ever wonder where the resident Cheapos go for lunch most days? Well, the guys that run the Calexico burrito carts in Soho have us smitten with their fresh, succulent (sometimes spicy) dishes – a blend of  Californian and Mexican culinary practices – and their oh-so-speedy lunch rush service.

These guys are so good that they even won a 2008 Vendy Award. (The Vendys are awarded each year to the best street food purveyors in NYC.)  Calexico occupies two stands in Soho, one at the corner of Wooster and Prince Streets, and another at Broadway and Broome Street.

If you go…

We suggest the fish tacos (when they’re available) or just get a burrito bowl (they start at $6; about €4.50). And, hang out while your stuff gets cooked. The nice gents who handle the hash often blast plenty of hard rock hits, too!

For more info, check out their web site, our article on cheap restaurants in New York City, and our list of cheap hotels in New York.

About the author

Meredith Franco Meyers

About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.

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