18 Dishes Under $18

Just because your wallet’s hurting, doesn’t mean your taste buds have to suffer.

Tax day may have come a few days later this year, but it doesn’t make writing a big check payable to the IRS any easier or more enjoyable. Just because your wallet’s hurting, doesn’t mean your taste buds have to suffer. Whether on tax day or any other day of the year, these cheap eats will keep your stomach and your wallet full.  



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Two juicy pieces of crispy, fried chicken and a couple fluffy waffles for only $13? There isn’t a single dish on the menu at this New Rochelle spot that even costs $18. And that’s a good thing because you want to have money leftover for a retro float or egg cream.

The Wooden Spoon
16 Division St
New Rochelle
(914) 278-9432; www.woodenspoonnewro.com



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Eleven dollars isn’t exactly a steal for a sandwich, but, at Tarry Market, where everything is high quality and at a premium price, it’s one of the most affordable things on offer. The porchetta and prime rib sandwiches are both meltingly tender, drizzled with fruity olive oil, flecked with sea salt, and some of the best sandwiches anywhere. Period.          

Tarry Market
179 N Main St
Port Chester
(914) 253-5680; www.tarrymarket.com



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This Eastchester pizzeria makes some of the best Neapolitan-style pies in the county. On Monday nights grab a friend, each order a pie (you can’t go wrong with the spicy soppressata), and you’ll get a free appetizer of your choice to split.

Burrata Wood Fired Pizza
425 White Plains Rd
(914) 337-3700; www.burratapizza.com



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This casual Korean joint on Tarrytown’s main drag serves hearty rice bowls—choose your rice, protein, and sauce (we like the sweet and tangy namesake sauce)—that will leave you with leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch or a midnight snack.

14 Main St
(914) 372-7677



Photograph By John Bruno Turiano 



Just next door, this pub-grub institution serves some of the best burgers around (they came in second at last year’s Burger & Beer Blast). The Eastchester Burger—a half pound of beef with cheese, bacon, and a side of classic chili—is the signature choice.

Piper’s Kilt
433 White Plains Rd
(914) 779-5772; www.piperskilt.com



There’s a fair number of rich and heavy dishes on this list, but the ahi banh mi at Exit 4 Food Hall is the opposite: light but still luxurious with seared ahi tuna; bright, pickled vegetables; and airy steamed buns. At only $12, you’ll have some cash leftover for a local craft beer at the food hall’s X4 on Tap.

Exit 4 Food Hall
153 Main St
Mount Kisco
(914) 241-1200; www.exit4foodhall.com



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You’d be lucky to find a steak for less than double our $18 budget. At Quenas, the Lomo Saltado is offers juicy beef sautéed with onions and tomatoes. The Aji de Gallina—chicken blanketed in yellow chile sauce thickened with walnuts—is also a must-order that won’t break the bank.

109 Halstead Ave
(914) 630-4646; www.quenasrestaurantny.com



This eco-friendly gem in downtown Chappaqua sources local ingredients for salads like goat cheese, beets, and tarragon vinaigrette; or kale, carrots, cranberries, and almonds. You’ll have $6 left—just enough for one of Local’s classic ice cream shakes.

75 S Greeley Ave
(914) 238-0698; www.chappaqualocal.com



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$1.00 each

Oysters have a reputation as being expensive, but Lilly’s in White Plains offers $1 oysters and $5 beers and wines during happy hour. Grab a dozen and drink and still have a dollar to spare. 

169 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains
(914) 997-5600; www.lillyswp.com



Photo Courtesy of Lilly’s 


​ $7.00

You probably won’t be able to dine at Restaurant North for only $18, but you can sample acclaimed Chef Eric Gabrynowicz’s food on the cheap across the street at Market North. We love this riff on the classic bacon, egg, and cheese, made with house-cured bacon, mozzarella curds, and local eggs from Fazio farms.            

Market North
387 Main St
(914) 273-3773; www.mktnorth.com



Hartsdale is already home to some of the county’s best dumplings at Fantasy Cuisine. Since the fall, it’s also home to some of the area’s most authentic ramen. Tryspicy Tantanmen with ground pork, springy noodles, spicy Tonkotsu-style broth, and sesame seeds.        

163 S Central Ave
(914) 949-0600; www.kishuya.com



Grilled cheese is the ultimate bargain food, but it doesn’t feel like much of an indulgence. That is, until you’re having one of Gayle Martin’s gourmet versions, made with Parmigiano stravecchio and Mast Brothers Chocolate (pictured above) or Prima Donna gouda and caramelized onion chutney. 

Plum Plums
72 Westchester Ave
Pound Ridge
(914) 764-1525; www.plumplumscheese.com



There’s nothing surprising about an affordable muffin, but we really love this feels-healthy-even-if-it-isn’t breakfast treat from Patisserie Salzburg in Rye. It’s super moist, filled with sweet berries, and just a little crackly around the edges.

Patisserie Salzburg
77 Purchase St
(914) 921-0429; www.patisseriesalzburg.com




Photo By Andrew Dominick



Okay, we might be smudging the line a bit here, but savvy diners can definitely get away with brunch and bubbly for under $18 when the menu is BYOB. Grab a decent bottle of prosecco (you can find one for under $15), then all you need is a friend and some of the inexpensive brunch plates like two eggs with your choice of breakfast meat and roasted potatoes or buttermilk pancakes with caramelized bananas and candied walnuts at Juniper. Split the bill and the bottle, and you’ll come in right under the $18 mark.

575 Warburton Ave
(914) 478-2542; www.juniperhastings.com



Six-inch corn tortillas can be stuffed with toppings like braised chipotle chicken, pork loin and pineapple, and cured beef at this tiny Harrison taqueria. Stop by at lunchtime to get two tacos, guacamole, and chips for just $9. Spend a few more bucks to pair it with one of the authentic agua frescas.

Halstead Ave Taqueria
261 Halstead Ave
(914) 341-1283; www.taqueriahalstead.com



Photo By Andrew Dominick



If you’re talking about cheap eats, you’ve got to have a food truck in the mix. You’ll find The Souvlaki Truck parked on Central Ave in Yonkers serving up slow-roasted meats as platters or gyros and thick-cut oregano fries.

The Souvlaki Truck
2481 Central Park Ave
(914) 500-7580; www.thesouvlakitruck.com



Photograph by Leslie-Anne Brill



Get your hands dirty with the excellent Ethiopia stews at Lalibela. Doro wat, a slow-cooked stew made with dark-meat chicken and warm spices is eaten with injera, a spongy flat bread you use to pick up bites food from your plate.

37 S Moger Ave
Mount Kisco
(914) 864-1343; www.lalibelamountkisco.com



If you can’t get down with eating with your hands, try the just-spicy-enough vindaloo from this super affordable Yonkers Indian bistro. At only $10.99 you’ll have plenty left for one of the authentic appetizers.       

Valley Indian Bistro
1550 Central Park Ave
(914) 222-9418; www.valleyindianbistroyonkers.com

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