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Budget Eats in NYC

New York, NY, USA
If you've been to New York, then you'll know that when I say 'budget' I say it with a pinch of salt, because nothing is really on a budget in New York. However we ate pretty much as cheaply as we could, mainly by avoiding sit down meals where we'd have to tip and opting for takeout or fast food options instead.

Fast food and takeout might not sound appealing to you, but we ate so much amazing food in New York, not all of it unhealthy and I wanted to document where we ate, both so I have a point of reference for if we return and in case any of you are heading there and need recommendations!

I must apologise for the lack of photos in this post; all the food was honestly just so tasty I kept eating it before remembering to get my camera or phone out. I'll just have to hope my words do it justice.


Chelsea Market | I'm kind of gutted we weren't staying nearer Chelsea Market because I would probably have just eaten every meal in there tbh, there's so much choice. We had breakfast from Chai Lait, which did all sorts of things, but I had a matcha smoothie bowl and a matcha latte (matcha overload much?) They have two other locations if you're not near Chelsea.

Andrew's Coffee Shop | We went here purely because it was close to our hotel. It was a proper American diner experience, which I loved about it. It didn't try to be pretty or fancy, it just served good food; I had peanut butter and banana pancakes (yes you read that right, get yourself there now). 

Egghead | The most delicious egg sandwiches to go (mine had avocado in it). Enough said.

Best Bagel & Coffee | When they say best bagel, they really mean best bagel. The bagels are huge and so doughy you can barely see the hole in them. I had a cinnamon and raisin one with cinnamon and walnut cream cheese and now I'm drooling so that's that. I 100% thought this would be a chain, but it turns out the only one is on West 35th Street, which also happened to be where our hotel was.


Egg Shop | Yes I only have one lunch recommendation because we have an awfully bad habit of skipping lunch on holiday. We tend to just get so busy trying to cram a lot of stuff in that we forget or it gets too late. Our final day was a bit more relaxing though and we spent it meandering from Brooklyn through areas we hadn't managed to visit like Soho and Chinatown. 

Handily, halfway back to our hotel was Egg Shop, which I knew about from reading Hannah Gale's food recommendations. I believe it was the priciest meal of our trip because it is a sit down and tip sorta place, but I had the BLT poached eggs on brioche (without the bacon, obviously) and they were the best eggs I've had in my life. The coffee was equally excellent and the cafe itself is super cute so get yourself there if you can!

T E A (dinner if you're Southern OK)

Shake Shack | I mean, obviously. I know they have one in London, but I don't live in or near London  so I've never been. We went to the one in Grand Central Station so got to eat it in beautiful surroundings too. I had some sort of fried mushroom burger and chips with cheese sauce and OH MY is all I have to say about it *drools*.

Neapolitan Express | Most nights we bought food to take back to our hotel room, partly because we were knackered and also because it saved a lot of money. We stumbled upon Neapolitan Express on the way back to our hotel and I'm so glad we did because the pizza was freshly cooked in a pizza oven in front of our eyes and was incredible.

Pennsy Food Hall | This was super close to our hotel so we went to have a nosey one night and ended up buying the healthiest tea we had all week from The Little Beet. They do amazing salad bowls and I had a falafel and sweet potato one which was divine. The Little Beet is a chain so they have various locations across the city too!

Amy x 


  1. Ahhh the photo of you two eating pizza is SO cute and definitely the way I'd do dinner should I find myself in NY anytime soon! haha :) x


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