New Rochelle is a flourishing city for food lovers, with a wealth of local mainstays and hidden gems that run the gamut of cultural influences. And while dining out can feel like a special treat, it doesn’t have to strain your wallet. Here’s how to eat like a king in the Queen City without breaking the bank.
Hit Up Half-Price Pizza Happy Hour at Posto 22
22 Division St; 914.235.2464
This Division Street wine bar is a local go-to for classic Italian cuisine with an upscale vibe, but on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., its half-price deals on drinks and pizza let you fill up and feel fancy without gulping when you get the check. Foot-long flatbreads fresh from the oven cost just $7, or pies to split run from $9 to $10. That leaves room to add a pint of Fat Tire on tap, a glass from the generous wine menu, or a creative cocktail or mocktail. With a loyal crown of local regulars, it’s a perfect spot for a midweek date or to unwind after work.
Spice Up Your Night at Atit Thai
134 North Ave; 914.355.2437
We’ve raved about the pad kee mao at this pint-size eatery before, and there’s no denying the deliciousness of Atit’s perfectly portioned, nicely spiced Thai dishes. Take your pick of rice and noodle classics packed with proteins and veggies, running from $11 to $15. It makes for ideal takeout, but there’s also a cozy room with dine-in seating. Get an even better deal at lunchtime, when the base price for their most popular meals goes down to $8.95. (You can also shave off 10% by paying cash.) If you have room in your budget for a side dish, try the chive cakes or the hand-rolled curry puffs.
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Get a Big Fat Greek Sandwich at Tzatziki Greek Grill
1 Huguenot St; 914.738.2737
This casual spot is a smorgasbord of classic and creative meals. While you can spill over the $15 mark with some seafood and sides, most of these pita sandwiches and brioche-bun burgers, served with hand-cut fries, come out to a budget-friendly total. Meat lovers will delight in the gyro, souvlaki, and signature burger selection, while the spicy htipiti (a roasted red pepper and feta dip) pitas and “ultimate” falafel options will make for happy herbivores. Groups of friends can even team up to tackle the Olympian Platter, piled with meats, sides, and salads.
Do South-of-the-Border Fare at Mexican Corner Restaurant
497 Main St; 914.813.3312
Right on Main Street, Mexican Corner Restaurant is a winning combination of tasty fare and neighborly vibes. Choose from a generous range of Mexican specialities and combo platters, or create your own dinner à la carte. Even Tex-Mex snobs will swear by their carnitas and crispy chimichangas, and the quesadillas and enchiladas hit the spot for cheese lovers. (Pair it with a movie at New Roc for an affordable night out.) One note: It’s cash only, but there’s an ATM inside.
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