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End of Summer 2012

1. henry's deli

2921 Avenue S, Brooklyn, NY
Deli / Bodega · Madison · 1 tip

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: Made from long grain rice, milk, vanilla and several secret ingredients, the pudding is rich, creamy and smooth. It’s sweet without being cloying, and thick without being heavy. Read more.

Ample Hills Creamery is one of End of Summer 2012.

2. Ample Hills Creamery

9.0
623 Vanderbilt Ave (at St Marks Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Ice Cream Shop · Prospect Heights · 375 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: If ice cream can be called intense, then that’s the best description for Salted Crack Caramel from Ample Hills in Prospect Heights. Read more.

Ayada Thai is one of End of Summer 2012.

3. Ayada Thai

8.8
7708 Woodside Ave (btwn 77th & 78th St), Elmhurst, NY
Thai Restaurant · 124 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: Thais know how to turn meat into salad, and Ayada’s beef larb is a perfect example. Read more.

Café China is one of End of Summer 2012.

4. Café China

8.7
59 W 37th St (btwn 5th Ave & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Garment District · 275 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: Try the “mouth watering chicken." Bone-in chicken is poached & chilled, arriving in a bowl slicked with neon-colored chili-and-sesame oil. It somehow manages to be refreshing & incendiary all at once. Read more.

Caracas Arepa Bar is one of End of Summer 2012.

5. Caracas Arepa Bar

91 E 7th St (btw 1st & Ave A), New York, NY
Arepa Restaurant · East Village · 361 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The yo-yo gets a sugary makeover at Caracas. Sweet plantains are fried in a cinnamon-spiked plantain batter, then they’re stuffed slightly chewy, fresh cheese and served with honey dipping sauce. Read more.

Caracas Arepa Bar is one of End of Summer 2012.

6. Caracas Arepa Bar

291 Grand St (btwn Roebling & Havemeyer St), Brooklyn, NY
Arepa Restaurant · Williamsburg · 220 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The yo-yo gets a sugary makeover at Caracas. Sweet plantains are fried in a cinnamon-spiked plantain batter, then they’re stuffed slightly chewy, fresh cheese and served with honey dipping sauce. Read more.

Caracas Arepa Bar (Rockaway Beach Concession) is one of End of Summer 2012.

7. Caracas Arepa Bar (Rockaway Beach Concession)

8.7
Shore Front Pkwy (Beach 106th Street), Queens, NY
Arepa Restaurant · Seaside · 48 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The yo-yo gets a sugary makeover at Caracas. Sweet plantains are fried in a cinnamon-spiked plantain batter, then they’re stuffed slightly chewy, fresh cheese and served with honey dipping sauce. Read more.

Damascus Bakery is one of End of Summer 2012.

8. Damascus Bakery

7.9
56 Gold St (at Water St), Brooklyn, NY
Factory · Vinegar Hill · 19 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: If you’re looking for something quick and easy to eat while trying to catch the bus, try the meat burek, curry-flavored ground lamb wrapped in phyllo dough then deep-fried until golden. Read more.

Jugos Pronto Y Algo Mas is one of End of Summer 2012.

9. Jugos Pronto Y Algo Mas

6.7
90-02 43rd Ave (Ithica St), Elmhurst, NY
Snack Place · 6 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The cholado isn’t just good—it’s exceptional. The usual mix is accompanied by real passion fruit puree. Loaded with fresh chunks of banana, pineapple, papaya, melon and apple. Read more.

Kalustyan's is one of End of Summer 2012.

10. Kalustyan's

9.1
123 Lexington Ave (at E 28th St), New York, NY
Gourmet Shop · Rose Hill · 137 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: Try the veggie combo plate. On any given day you might receive a monstrous container overflowing with sautéed spinach, mujadarra, a green salad, warm pita, pickled vegetables and dolma. Read more.

Varinder Pal Singh, MD is one of End of Summer 2012.

11. Varinder Pal Singh, MD

130 East 77th Street, 9 Black Hall, New York, NY
Medical Center · Upper East Side · 3 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The Lassi Pop is made from a blend of all-natural, probiotic Indian yogurt with digestive herbs, spices and fruit. These rich and creamy pops make for a delightful afternoon snack on a hot day. Read more.

12. Pastella Cart Man

Broadway (at W. 181st St.), New York, NY
Food Truck · Washington Heights · 1 tip

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The tomato and pepper-sauced shrimp pastelillo is available Saturday only; beef, chicken, and cheese, a mere one buck each, are the standards. Get ‘em while they’re hot. Read more.

Peppa's Jerk Chicken is one of End of Summer 2012.

13. Peppa's Jerk Chicken

8.7
738 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Caribbean Restaurant · Prospect Lefferts Gardens · 57 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: Peppa’s jerk chicken is best known for its lovely, crisp skin, but be sure to soak your entire order in their wonderful jerk sauce. Read more.

14. Tastee Pattee

1431 Rockaway Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY
Food · Canarsie · 2 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The saltfish and cabbage, served hot from the steam table atop fluffy rice and peas flavored with coconut milk, is worth the haul to Canarsie. Read more.

Sundaes and Cones is one of End of Summer 2012.

15. Sundaes and Cones

8.9
95 E 10th St (btwn 3rd & 4th Ave), New York, NY
Ice Cream Shop · East Village · 292 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: If you’ve never had taro-flavored ice cream before, this is the place to try it. Made with fresh taro and taro-flavored powder, it tastes like vanilla and sweet potato—subtly starchy and floral. Read more.

Szechuan Gourmet is one of End of Summer 2012.

16. Szechuan Gourmet

21 W 39th St (btwn 5th and 6th Ave), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Garment District · 174 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The term “face melting” is tossed around a lot, but few dishes embody the description quite like Szechuan Gourmet’s hot and sour cellophane noodles. Read more.

17. The Krab Shack

E. 168th St. (at Webster Ave.), Bronx, NY
Food Truck · Morrisania · 2 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: Get your fix in the form of $2 bags of spice-dusted crab claws. The stuffed bag of claws borders on being a controlled substance. Buy some beers and a cup at the bodega, you’ll never want to leave. Read more.

The Queens Kickshaw is one of End of Summer 2012.

18. The Queens Kickshaw

4017 Broadway (at Steinway St), Astoria, NY
Café · 234 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The fontina cheesecake is an unexpected highlight—a pleasantly sharp and savory scoop of creamy cheesecake sitting atop a bed of cereal crumbles and drizzled with a blackberry-and-wheat-beer sauce. Read more.

THELEwala is one of End of Summer 2012.

19. THELEwala

8.4
112 Macdougal St (at Minetta St.), New York, NY
Indian Restaurant · Greenwich Village · 119 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: The okra roll has a light, satisfying crunch. Tossed whole on the tawa, it's tangy, spicy and subtly sweet, with a distinctly smoky edge. The paratha is delicate and dotted with char marks. Read more.

Tortas Neza is one of End of Summer 2012.

20. Tortas Neza

7.3
111-03 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY
Food Truck · 13 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: Get the Torta Chivas—a.k.a. “the best breakfast sandwich ever.” It’s a towering stack of 3 eggs, chorizo, avocado, lettuce, tomato and mild cheese, sandwiched in a fluffy roll & finished on the grill. Read more.

Turco Mediterranean Grill is one of End of Summer 2012.

21. Turco Mediterranean Grill

7.4
604 9th Ave (at W 43rd St), New York, NY
Mediterranean Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen · 58 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: For the lamb döner kebab, the staff will slice moist lamb meat off the spit, then pile on shreds of lettuce and cabbage. The massive sandwich is finished with a drizzle of cacik and hot sauce. Read more.

Tap & Grill is one of End of Summer 2012.

22. Tap & Grill

9720 Rockaway Beach Blvd (98th St.), Queens, NY
Restaurant · Seaside · 5 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: This joint’s been there forever, and looks it—but they know what you want: shrimp tacos. Each taco contains plump shrimp encased in a crunchy panko batter and dressed with cabbage, cilantro and salsa. Read more.

Sacco Pizza is one of End of Summer 2012.

23. Sacco Pizza

8.1
819 9th Ave (btwn 54th & 55th St.), New York, NY
Pizza Place · Hell's Kitchen · 59 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: This is a real NY slice. It’s thin, greasy and a bit burnt. The dusty lip has swipes of char, and the smooth, slightly fruity sauce stands out under a blanket of gooey cheese. Read more.

SkyIce Sweet & Savory is one of End of Summer 2012.

24. SkyIce Sweet & Savory

7.2
63 5th Ave (at St. Mark's Ave.), Brooklyn, NY
Dessert Shop · North Slope · 105 tips and reviews

Real Cheap EatsReal Cheap Eats: Try the Black Sesame Seaweed ice cream. It balances the deeply roasted notes of black sesame with a particularly milky ice cream, while bits of dried seaweed pops with unexpected umami. Read more.