13 Things to Eat in New Rochelle for Less Than $15

All you’ll need is a $20 bill and an empty stomach.

Birria Tacos ($3)

Restaurant Tecalitlan

Along Union Avenue, where several restaurants turn out authentic tacos, few are as good as this regional specialty from the Mexican state of Jalisco. The equation is simple: soft corn tortillas and braised beef in a complex, pepper-and-clove-spiced broth.

Hummus ($7)

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The Nook Eatery

Expect a wait at this newish Middle Eastern spot, where everything is made-to-order (seriously, multiple signs read “worth the wait”), but for hummus this ethereally light, smooth, and lemony, it’s worth it every time.

The Joey Cannoli (far right) gets capped with Ferrero Rocher.

Photo by Heather Sommer

The Joey Cannoli ($5)

Joey’s Cannoli

When is a cannolo more than just a cannolo? When the smooth, sweet ricotta filling studded with chocolate chips and piped into a crispy shell is capped on each end with a Ferrero Rocher.

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Churros ($1)

El Trigal

“Betcha can’t eat just one” may belong to Lay’s Potato Chips legally, but it applies just as much to the hot, straight-from-the-fryer, sugar-coasted churros at this Mexican bakery, where pretty much everything is priced less than $15.

Pad Kee Mao ($11)

Atit Thai

No matter how much heat you decide you want — dishes come in mild, medium, hot, and searing Thai spicy — this mix of stir-fried flat noodles, vegetables, protein, fragrant basil, and umami-packed kee mao sauce is sweet, tangy, and delicious.

Chicken Parm ($14)

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Pizzeria La Rosa

In a sea of mediocre chicken parm, Pizzeria La Rosa does everything right. Organic, free-range, dark-meat chicken is brined for 24 hours, breaded, fried, cloaked in milky house-made mozzarella, and finished with faintly spicy tomato sauce that cuts through all that richness.

The arepa de pabellon at Arepa Mania Venezuelan Cuisine.

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Arepa De Pabellon ($11)

Arepa Mania Venezuelan Cuisine

Mexican isn’t the only Latin cuisine that’s thriving in NewRo. Venezuelan hits its apex with these golden arepas filled with a classic, hearty mix of saucy braised beef, black beans, fried sweet plantains, avocado, and a mountain of shredded cheese.

Al Pastor Taco ($3)

El Michoacano

It’s a bit grimy, and there’s no A/C, even in the hottest summer swelter, but the spit-roasted al pastor may be the county’s best, with tender, rich meat and rendered, crispy edges.

Concrete ($5)

Mikey Dubb’s Frozen Custard

Midwestern summers inspired owner Michael Dubbs to spend a year learning to make dense, rich, frozen custard. The creamy treat is blended with candies and other toppings to make concretes, which can be filled with a core of hot fudge or caramel.

Avocado Toast ($11)

Pop’s Espresso Bar

Sorry, dannoli and egg sandwiches, if we’re coming to this espresso bar-meet-café, we’re getting the avocado toast every time for its mix of buttery avocado, tangy pickled onions and goat cheese, crunchy pepitas, and chili.

Fried Clams ($12)

Leno’s Clam Bar

Yes, there’s a fabulous $4 old-school cheeseburger that contributes to Leno’s heralded “Greasy Nick’s” nickname (a relative of comedian Jay Leno, according to suburban legend), but the classic, no-frills fried clams and $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon are a Westchester summer staple.

Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken and fries at Juicy Chicken.

Photo by Juicy Chicken

Pollo a la Brasa ($12)

Juicy Chicken

Just a dozen bucks buys an entire meal — a half-chicken, salad, and french fries or rice — at this Peruvian spot on Division Street, where the tender, hormone-free, rotisserie birds are marinated for 24 hours and served with spicy green sauce.

Classic Burger ($7)

The Wooden Spoon

Owner Nick Triscari loves a crazy burger (sandwiched between doughnuts, loaded with mac ’n’ cheese), but his best is this not-too-thick patty topped with American cheese, translucent onions, and plenty of pickles. 


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