by Melissa Kravitz
|Chinese takeout specials are a bargain and usually come with heaping plates plus an egg roll or soup.|
While I prefer to pack a lunch for both nutritional and financial reasons, sleeping in, excessively hot weather, and a lack of clean Tupperware prevents me from doing so more often than not. NYC is home to endless fine-dining options for the foodies out there, but lack of money and enough time spent in various neighborhoods has led me to discover plenty of midday meals for $5. (And no, it’s not a Five-Dollar Footlong. Well, maybe sometimes.)
I've made the rounds by both neighborhood and ethnicity, so I never grow tired of consuming the same plate or ingredients. Here's what $5 can get you in Downtown Manhattan.
Down the street, Tompkins Square Bagels promotes its $5 lunch each day on an illustrated chalkboard, with special bagels with spreads and a bowl of soup. On a hot summer day, the chilled vegetable soups with a buttered bagel are the perfect midday meal.
|Mamoun's falafel – I think it's the best in the city.--via Mamoun's|
|Cactus Tacos from the TriBeCa Taco Truck--via Yelp|
|Veronica's Kitchen at work--via Yelp|
When it comes to lunch in NYC, there are endless options, but when you set a budget and desire to stick to it, saving money and having delicious food is still very possible.