Astoria, Bars, Brunch, Featured, Food and Drink, Food Talk, Neighborhood, Restaurants, Street Food May 29, 2019 The OFFICIAL Astoria CHEAP EATS Guide Whether you’re always living that #Budget lifestyle, or are trying to recoup your wallet after a spend-heavy weekend, it’s always good to have some seriously cheap eats in your back pocket. (…) Share this Scoop by Claire Leaden total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Whether you’re always living that #Budget lifestyle, or are trying to recoup your wallet after a spend-heavy weekend, it’s always good to have some seriously cheap eats in your back pocket. (…) by Claire Leaden Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops 15 Awesome Astoria Happy Hours New Oyster, Clam, and Drink Specials at Tutti Matti in LIC Hang Out With the Coolest – Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Whether you’re always living that #Budget lifestyle, or are trying to recoup your wallet after a spend-heavy weekend, it’s always good to have some seriously cheap eats in your back pocket. Inspired by New York Mag, we decided to round up some of our favorite budget-friendly bites (and sips) in the neighborhood. These kinds of things seem to be known more by word of mouth or by frequenting a place, rather than being advertised by them, so definitely let us know what your favorite go-to’s are during a tight week and we’ll be adding them to the list. 1. $5 Soup Dumplings at Bund on Broadway We used to have to trek to Flushing to get truly authentic, affordable Chinese food, but now thanks to Bund on Broadway that’s only a short walk away. Filling soup dumplings are only $5 for an order of four, and regular steamed ones are even a few cents less. 25-08 Broadway The flavor-packed pork soup dumplings, made fresh on-premises. 2. $7.95 Arepas at La Vecina La Vecina on Steinway specializes in these South American corn cake “sandwiches,” and offers a wide variety, well-stuffed, for only $7.95/each. These range from the “La Colombiana” with Colombian chorizo, sunny-side up fried egg, queso blanco, pico de gallo and scallion, or the “La Batata” with sweet potato croquettes, arugula, roasted red peppers, pickled onions, and lemon cilantro crema. 30-66 Steinway St 3. Free Happy Hour Hot Dogs at Madam Marie’s Madam Marie’s on Broadway (from the owners of Judy & Punch) offers a FREE hot dog with each drink purchase ($5 beer, wine, and well drinks) during happy hour (4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday), so you can get food and drink for the price of one! Also, having an until-8 p.m. happy hour is a huge win in my book, and for anyone else getting out of work later. 35-15 Broadway Weekend happy hour is from 2 to 8 p.m. Credit to Madam Marie’s. 4. $5.50 Burek at Djerdan This Balkan phyllo dough pie is a must-have at Djerdan Burek on 31st Ave (started by an immigrant couple at this original location in 1998). They come in a variety of fillings such as beef, cheese, spinach and cheese or potato. Get a “slice” (aka a huge slab that takes up an entire plate) for $5.50/each. Add a homemade yogurt for $1.75 and it will keep you filled up for most of the day. 3404 31st Ave Spinach Burek and Homemade Yogurt, a filling lunch for $7. 6. Half Price Doughnuts at Comfortland (after 4:30 p.m.) Mouthwatering doughnuts at Comfortland are normally $5-6/each, which isn’t bad considering how big they are. But, from 4:30 p.m. to closing each evening they are half price – so only $2.50-3 each for a huge, delicious gourmet doughnut! 4009 30th Ave Photo Courtesy of Comfortland’s Instagram page 7. $14 Fresh Pasta at Botte Bar Though $14 isn’t quite on par with the rest of the list, $14 for a fresh pasta dinner is quite cheap for NYC (or in general). Try Fresh Tagliatelle Pasta in Angus Beef Bolognese Sauce or homemade Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil for a fraction of the price. 2507 Broadway Tagliatelle Bolognese. Credit to Botte. 8. $4 Meze Dishes at Tru Astoria Relax with friends and share a bunch of meze (or Greek “small plates”) Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Tru Astoria. This includes $4 for dishes like hummus and pita, pan-fried halloumi and Yiayia’s meatballs. The Happy Hour also includes $4 rotating drinks specials like palomas, old fashioneds, and sangria. 35-19 Ditmars Blvd The tzatziki, hummus, and spicy whipped feta with warm pita bread. 9. $7 Gruyere Crepe at Bonjour Crepes Crepes without all the fancy toppings are only $6 at Bonjour Crepes and Wine on 30th Ave. This includes: gruyere, sugar and butter, peanut butter, cream cheese, jam, chocolate, dulce de leche, or cinnamon apple with maple syrup. Perfect for a cheap but tasty breakfast or dessert stop! 34-10 30th Ave 10. Brunch at RaR Bar LIC RaR Bar has an amazing weekend brunch deal that includes a free drink (mimosa, bellini, bloody mary, bloody maria, or French spritzer) with any entree. Considering that the entrees range in price from $7 (breakfast tacos) to $14 (biscuits and gravy, baked apple waffle) and that the drinks don’t skimp, it’s a total budget brunch. 30-01 35th Ave 11. $2 Iced Coffee at Stellar Brews Pop-up coffee shop Stellar Brews takes over sek’ənd sun from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each weekday, and is a great place to work because there is SO much space and it’s never overly crowded. They regularly have great breakfast coffee deals, like brioche French toast with a cup of coffee for $5. Currently, they’re offering $2 Japanese Cold Brew and discounts on fresh-baked pastries when you purchase a drink. 32-11 Broadway 12. Less Than $2 Empanadas at Mama’s Empanadas Almost all the empanadas at this chain eatery, with a location on Steinway in Astoria, are less than $2. Loaded with different meats and cheeses (rice and beans, beef, chicken, ham and cheese, etc), they’re just as filling as they are delicious. Have one or two to-go if you need a pick-me-up snack on your way to (or from) the subway, or have three to four for a full meal. 3241 Steinway St Photo by Yelp user Farheem A. 13. $6 Bourbon at Sanford’s From 4-7 p.m. on weekdays Sanford’s allows the budget-friendly person to have access to one of the largest whiskey bars in NYC, with over 300 single malts and bourbons. And these happy hour specials aren’t from the bottom of the barrel (pun intended), get $6 pours of craft bourbons like Elijah Craig 11-Year Barrel Proof Bourbon, Redemption, Filibuster, High West American Prairie, Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye, and W.L. Weller Special Reserve. 30-13 Broadway 14. $3 for a Side of 6 Falafel at King of Falafel & Shawarma 30-15 Broadway This is the PLATTER (not the side) of falafel from King of Falafel on Broadway. Image source: Harris Graber from our WHA Flickr pool. 15. $6 for 3 Tacos at Athens (formerly El Grill) 30-11 30th Ave El (Athens) Grill tacos 16. $5 Half-pound Burger and Fries at Dillinger’s on Thursdays 4619 30th Ave, Astoria 17. $3 Lamb Sticks at Franky’s Souvlaki 31-02 Steinway St, Astoria 18. $1.85 Tacos at Los Portales 25-08 Broadway, Astoria 19. Happy Hour at Passage $5 drafts; wings; beef & Guinness pie; curried shepherd’s pie; shots of Jameson’s…M-F 4 -7p 40-11 30th Ave, Astoria Twitter Facebook Email Print affordable budgetbourboncheap eatsdiningdoughnutsdumplingseatsfresh pastaHappy Hour Related scoops 15 Awesome Astoria Happy Hours New Oyster, Clam, and Drink Specials at Tutti Matti in LIC Hang Out With the Coolest – Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC 7 Comments Benjamin June 14th, 2019 $1.85 tacos at Los portales bway and 28th st. Hands down the best tacos and Mexican food in Astoria Reply Mike June 2nd, 2019 $5 half-pound burger and fries at Dillinger’s on Thursdays Reply Taylor May 31st, 2019 Cant forget Katch! I don’t know if they were on there $18 bottomless and whole menu for brunch its so good and drinks were huge when we went last! Reply Stephan May 31st, 2019 You forgot Franky’s and King of Souvlaki! Can’t beat $3 lamb sticks at Franky’s right after the gym! Reply JJD May 30th, 2019 Consider adding: Passage Astoria, right next-door to Comfortland. $5 drafts; wings; beef & Guinness pie; curried shepherd’s pie; shots of Jameson’s…M-F 4:00p -7:00p (other specials, too). GREAT staff. Reply Mike May 29th, 2019 6 falafel from King of Falafel for $3. 3 tacos from El Grill for $6. Reply Claire Leaden May 30th, 2019 These are awesome! Adding now. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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