As our internship with Martha Stewart Living Radio winds down, Sierra and I are making the most out of the time we have left in New York City. This week we ventured out on our own 'Cheap Eats' tour of New York City. Trying to find full meals for under $15, we stopped at three restaurants in different areas of Manhattan.
The first stop on our tour took us to Union Square and Sausage Inc which is located on University Place. I ordered the Blanco sausage which is a pork sausage with basil for $5.95 and an order of tater tots for $3.45. You can even throw in a drink and still keep it under $15 for the entire meal. In New York City, it’s easy to find a hot dog stand or Italian sausage stand just about anywhere. However, Sausage Inc. is better than any stand you’ll find. Each sausage comes on a pretzel roll with sautéed onions, and a choice of six different sauces that you can put on whatever you order. I personally recommend the cilantro pesto, but all sauces are a great addition to anything on the menu.
Our next stop was Artichoke Basille’s Pizza and Brewery on 14 Street in the East Village. Here you can get a traditional New York style slice of pizza for only $4.50. Artichoke offers a variety of pizzas, but they are best known for their Artichoke pizza. Sierra chose the Artichoke pizza which comes with artichoke hearts, spinach, and a cream sauce topped with a blend of cheeses. She said it's the best slice of pizza she’s ever had and enough for a very filling meal.
Our last stop took us to SoHo (which is the area south of Houston Street) to Jack’s Wife Freda on Lafayette Street. Described as “South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine” by New York Magazine, it truly is a one of a kind place. Although the restaurant is not very big, the same cannot be said of their cuisine. I got the matzo ball soup with an arugula side salad all for $11 and it was absolutely wonderful. With friendly waiters and a wonderful atmosphere, Jack’s Wife Freda is a restaurant everyone should go to.
Although New York City has some of the greatest and most expensive restaurants in the country, there are still plenty of places to eat for under $15. Don’t let the price tag fool you; these places are able to offer quality cuisine at a great price.