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Budget Eats in NYC

Budget Eats in NYC

Posted on: Sunday 4 November 2018

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 the following is pretty much as cheap as it gets, mainly by avoiding sit down meals and opting for takeout or fast food options instead.

Fast food and takeout might not sound appealing to you, but there is so much amazing food in New York, not all of it unhealthy and I wanted to document it both so I have a point of reference for if I 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 | There's so much choice here! Breakfast was 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 | This is 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.


Egg Shop | Yes I only have one lunch recommendation because I have an awfully bad habit of skipping lunch on holiday. I knew about Egg Shop from reading food recommendations. I believe it was the priciest meal of the 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. The one in Grand Central Station is set 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 | Neapolitan Express was a takeaway pizza place, but was freshly cooked in a pizza oven and was incredible.

Pennsy Food Hall | The healthiest tea I had all week was 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! There were plenty of other food and drink options at Pennsy Food Hall 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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