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Brooklyn’s 50 Best Dishes $10 & Under

(Photo: Hot Dog at Bark, Pancakes at Buttermilk Channel: Eric Isaac, Arancini at Arancini Bros, Hand Pie at Pie Corps: Zoe Bain)

Check your pockets because for only $10 bucks you can feast like a king in and around the borough. Don't believe us? Here are fifty of our favorite cheap eats dishes in Brooklyn that cost $10 or less.

Ukrainian Borscht with Pampushka at Café Glechik
Worth the long trip on the B or Q train, Cafe Glechik (3159 Coney Island Ave, Brighton Beach) continues its legacy of serving up traditional Ukranian eats. While the green borscht (made with spinach, rice and eggs) provides an interesting take on the soup, the classic is homey, comforting and served with homemade garlic bread (pampushka) on the side. $6.60

Bark Dog at Bark
All of Bark's (474 Bergen Street, Park Slope) griddle roasted hot dogs are worth ordering, thanks in large part to that perfect ballgame "snap," which characterizes every bite. The Bark Dog, the eatery's namesake menu item, also happens to have hit the topping trifecta: mustard, relish (this one made with sweet peppers) and onion. $5

Double Cheese Burger at Blue Collar 
For all the West Coast transplants out there who miss In-N-Out, and for everyone who appreciates a good flat-top burger, Blue Collar (160 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg) does it right. The well-seasoned meat has a nice crust, but isn't overdone on the inside. And they've got a secret sauce too. Ten bucks will buy a double cheeseburger (with American cheese of course) and large fries, which are generously coated in seasoned salt. $6.26, $1.50 to add chili

Ship's Biscuit at Saltie
While all of Saltie's (378 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg) sandwiches fall under the $10 mark, the Ship's Biscuit is the best deal and arguably the tastiest offering on the menu. Creamy soft scrambled eggs are topped with a generous helping of delicately-flavored ricotta, which is served between two pieces of salty, olive oily focaccia. $6

Meat hummus at Mimi's Hummus
Mimi's Hummus (1209 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park) is right at the top of the hummus heap in the borough. Silky smooth, creamy, and flavorful, it would pair well with almost any topping. The ground beef version is a real treat, however, and turns a bowl of hummus and a couple of pitas into a hearty meal. $9

Pierogies at Relax Restaurant
These iconic dumplings filled with cheese and potatoes, veggies or meat are widely available throughout Greenpoint, but look no further than no-frills Relax (68 Newell Street, Greenpoint) for comforting down-home Polish food, exactly what pierogies should be. $6

Hippie Banjo at Pies 'n' Thighs 
Pies 'n' Thighs (166 S. 4th Street, Williamsburg) offers one of the best-priced brunches around. Almost everything on the menu is less than $10, but one of the best options is the Hippie Banjo. Buttered, homemade anadama bread (that's whole wheat bread with molasses in it) makes the sandwich truly special, although the fried egg, avocado, tomato, sprouts, mayo and cheddar combo would be a slam dunk with any bread for a vehicle. Adding bacon is a must. $7.50, $9.50 with bacon

Nova and Cream Cheese on a Bagel at Bagel Hole 
You can't go wrong with fresh lox and cream cheese on a bagel pretty much anywhere in New York, but this Bagel Hole's (400 7th Avenue, Park Slope) got a winner - the bagels are still fresh and hot so no toasting necessary. $5.70

Falafel Plate at Oasis
Brooklyn certainly doesn't have a shortage of good falafel joints, but Oasis (161 N. 7th Street, Williamsburg) can stand up to the best of them. The falafel plate can easily count for two meals with its five fresh falafel balls, tahini, hummus, baba ghanoush, cabbage slaw, lettuce, pickled onions and Mediterranean pickles. $6

Chopped Liver Sandwich at Mile End
This is not the chopped liver sandwich that may or may not have been forced upon you as a kid. The Mile End (97A Hoyt Street, Boerum Hill) version has just the right amount of funkiness and employs onion relish, egg and pumpernickel bread to balance out the flavor. $9

Cheese Blintzes at Teresa's Restaurant
Light and fluffy blintzes are only one of the many well-done dishes at Teresa's (80 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights). But these thin crepes stuffed with sweet cheese and fillings like blueberry, cherry and plum butter are not to be missed. $8.95

Tagliatelle alla Bolognese at Fiore
Fiore (284 Grand Street, Williamsburg) makes authentic Northern Italian pastas, all of them homemade and none of them over $15. Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, a noteworthy ragu sauce which hails from Bologna, gets the sauce to veggie to meat ratio just right. $9.50

Pabellon Arepa at Arepera Guacuco 
Owner Leonardo Molina recruited his mom Carmen to make her homemade arepas at Arepera Guacuco (44 Irving Avenue, Bushwick). The fried and filled corn patties are her specialty and the Pabellon, shredded beef with cheese, plantains and black beans combines sweet, salty, and meaty elements for a perfectly balanced bite. $7

Assorted "Balls" at Arancini Bros.
Arancini are balls of fried risotto often stuffed with cheese or ragu. At Arancini Bros. (940 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick), this Sicilian street food is taken to the next level with variations like BBQ, Philly Cheesesteak and Pistachio Pesto. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also available. $3

Hot Rotis at Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop
Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop (1267 Fulton Street, Bed-Stuy) does simple West Indian food that is absolutely delicious. Any of the hot rotis are worth trying; the thin pastry skin can be stuffed with a variety of fillings including some great vegetarian options. $4 - $6

Beef Patties at Christie's Jamaican Patties 
Patties are sort of the Jamaican answer to pierogi. Swap out the dumpling for a flakier pastry-like vessel and add curry spices. The extremely reasonable patties at Christie's (387 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Heights) are slightly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, with a flavorful and thick beef filling. $2

Käsekrainer at Der Kommissar
Come to experience an Austrian social experience in Park Slope and stay for the food at Der Kommissar (559 5th Avenue, South Slope). The different sausage offerings are meant to emulate a Vienna sausage stand and if the ambiance doesn't quite match then the flavor will. Don't forget about the sides. Pretzels, sauerkraut and a traditional cheese spread are among the options served. $7

Mushroom Sandwich at The Crown Inn 
Chunky roasted mushrooms make for a satisfying meat alternative in this sandwich at The Crown Inn (724 Franklin Avenue, Prospect Heights). The white wine-cooked mushrooms are paired with buttery Landaff cheese. $9.50

Classic Banh Mih at Hanco's
A good Banh Mih can be found in every neighborhood of Brooklyn, but the folks at Hanco's (multiple locations) have turned Vietnamese sandwich-making into an art form. The classic sandwich has three layers of meat topped off with the typical veggies and cilantro. A little mayo and butter keep the sandwich moist, but don't overpower the crunch of the carrots and the daikon radish. $6

Broccoli Sandwich at  No. 7
No. 7 Sub (931 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint) knows how to make a creative sandwich. Finding whole pieces of broccoli inside a baguette may not sound appetizing, but No. 7 sub refines the roasted broccoli with ricotta salata, pine nuts and pickled lychee. $9

Lobster BLT at Red Hook Lobster Pound
Lobster rolls at Red Hook Lobster Pound (284 Van Brunt St, Red Hook) can be pricey due to the namesake crustaceans, but take a gander further down the menu and you'll find an affordable sandwich that adds bacon to the mix. As the menu description correctly points out, "juicy lobster + crispy bacon = heaven." $10

Anson Mills Grits at Scratchbread
These high quality grits are good on their own, but it's the add-ins that have Scratchbread (1069 Bedford Avenue, Clinton Hill) customers coming back for more. Choose from kale pesto, salsa verde, bacon, avocado, green tomato jam, egg and more. $3 plus $1 per add on

Pho at Pho Tay Ho Vietnamese Restaurant
If offal is a welcomed addition to a meal, go for the Xe Lua, which includes six different types of meat. Otherwise, any of the pho offerings at Pho Tay Ho (2351 86th Street, Gravesend) will have a deeply flavorful broth and the classic side of bean sprouts and fresh herbs $5.75 - $6.75

Spicy Cumin Lamb at Xi'an Famous Foods 
Now that Xi'an Famous Foods (86 Beadel Street, Williamsburg) has finally made it to Brooklyn you can get your hands on that super spicy, heavy-on-the cumin lamb without leaving the borough. Just make sure you order something to wash it down with because this dish is numbingly hot. $9.75

Pork Bun at Momofuku Milk Bar
While Christina Tosi is certainly the star of Momofuku Milk Bar (multiple locations), David Chang's famous melt in your mouth buns are also available on the menu. No trekking to the city or waiting at no-reservation Noodle or Ssam Bar necessary. $8

Soup Dumplings (Steamed Dumpling in "Shanghai") at Bamboo Garden
Bamboo Garden (6409 8th Avenue, Dyker Heights) does the all-out dim sum experience, just make sure you get a taste of the soup dumplings, freshly steamed and full of hot, meaty broth. $3.95

Fried Fish or Shrimp at Bed-Stuy Fish Fry
The fish and shrimp are fried fresh to order at Bed-Stuy Fish Fry (801 Halsey St, Bedford-Stuyvesant) and the piping hot result is well worth the wait. $5 - $10

Kang Kyo Whan Nuur at Song
The menu at Song (287 5th Avenue, Park Slope) is extensive and goes further than the typical list of accepted American Thai food dishes. There's plenty to choose from, but the curry dishes really shine. $8.50

Assorted Tacos at El Tenampa 
Hidden in the back of a deli in Greenwood, you can find some of the best tacos New York has to offer at El Tenampa (706 4th Avenue). Try the tongue, tripe, head, stomach or goat though they also have more standard offerings such as pork and chicken. The tacos themselves are pretty fantastic, but the best part has to be the cold bar stocked with different salsas and guacamole. $2.50 each

Vegan Empanadas at the V-Spot and Pine Box Rock Shop
These empanadas are worth seeking out for vegans and non-vegans alike. Some fillings are traditional, while others like Philly Cheese and Jamaican Jerk are two of the more creative options. Find them at V-Spot (156 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope) or at Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan Street, Williamsburg). $7

Burrito at Fast and Fresh Burrito Deli  $6.50
Fast and Fresh Burrito Deli (84 Hoyt Street, Boerum Hill) makes a mean burrito. Pick your meat of choice and watch as a tortilla is filled to bursting with rice and beans, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, salsa roja and guacamole. During the warmer months, the deli opens its lovely outer eating area and garden. $6.50

Hand Pulled Noodles at Lan Zhou Handpull Noodle
Fresh noodles can make all the difference, no matter what the cuisine. The hand pulled noodles at Lan Zhou (5924 8th Avenue, Dyker Heights) soak up whatever broth or sauce they're in, and they manage to stay chewy all the same. $4 - $6

Chorizo Con Papas Quesadilla at Gran Electrica
Anyone can make a quesadilla, but when you combine homemade chorizo with high quality cheese, that's a match worth ordering. Gran Electrica (5 Front Street, Dumbo) does this, and so much more, in style. $9

Buttermilk Pancakes at Buttermilk Channel 
Dense, fluffy and ready to be coated in large amounts of butter and doused in maple syrup, the pancakes at Buttermilk Channel (524 Court Street, Red Hook) are an ode to the big Southern breakfast. $7 for the short stack

Avocado Toast with Two Soft Eggs at Iris Cafe
Avocados and toast are one of those simple combinations that just always seem to work together. At Iris Cafe (20 Columbia Place, Brooklyn Heights), add a spread of Dijon mayo, a couple of runny eggs and it's the perfect meal. $9

Australian Style Pie at Milk Bar
Not to be mistaken with Momofuku Milk Bar, the Australian-influenced breakfast and brunch spot Milk Bar (620 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights) does the classics with a few twists. The individual Australian style meat pie is subject to change, but you can always expect something rich and filling. $8.50

Crepes at Brooklyn Crepe and Juice 
Multiple Locations
Brooklyn Crepe and Juice turns a made-to-order thin crepe into a meal with lots of toppings and both sweet and savory options. Go for the Gowanus, stuffed with brie, fresh fruit, and honey for a sweeter version that can still count as lunch, or the trusty Bay Ridge for smoked salmon, goat cheese, spinach and caramelized onion. Gowanus - $7.90 or Bay Ridge - $9.70

Greenpoint Mac and Cheese at Brooklyn Mac
Brooklyn Mac (multiple locations) has a wacky and fun answer to mac & cheese, with flavors that represent different areas in Brooklyn. The Greepoint mac doesn't disappoint with chunks of Kielbasa sausage, horseradish, broccoli and, of course, cheddar cheese. $9.75 for a medium

Kale Salad at Chuko
The kale salad trend may be never-ending, but Chuko (552 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights) puts something on the table that is truly inventive and different. Pieces of battered fried kale are mixed in with the raw along with yellow raisins, fried sweet potatoes and a tangy miso dressing. $7

Slice of Pizza at Di Fara
Yes, we know $5 bucks isn't cheap when you're talking about a slice, but Di Fara (1424 Avenue J, Midwood) is an institution that can't be overlooked when it comes to finding a great slice in Brooklyn. Add toppings or just get the regular. Any way you slice it, it'll be a worthy piece of pizza. $5 for a regular slice.

Green Curry Miso Ramen at Zuzu Ramen 
It's surprisingly difficult to find a good bowl of ramen in Brooklyn for $10 or less. Thankfully there's Zuzu (174 4th Avenue, Park Slope) where the miso ramen gets a boost from green curry. The bowl comes complete with a slow cooked egg and changing seasonal veggies. $10

Chicken Liver Curry at Joy Indian Restaurant
All of Joy's (301 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect Heights) dishes are well-executed, yet surprisingly cheap. For something new and exciting, try the chicken liver curry, a funky and interesting take on the chicken varieties more widely available. Otherwise stick to your usual favorites and get ready for an Indian takeout loyalty swap. $9.95

Lahmacun at Tacis Beyti
Authentic Turkish food has graced the tables at Tacis Beyti (1955 Coney Island Ave, Sheepshead Bay) for 25 years. While the kebabs are often upwards of $13, the Lahmacun - thin layers of bread dough topped with succulent ground lamb, tomatoes, parsley, onions, garlic, cumin, black and red pepper - is just as satisfying. $9.75

Curry Fish Head Noodle Laksa at Belachan Restaurant 
Laksa is a Malaysian curry soup, which features coconut milk and chili paste. The result is a tangy broth that complements seafood extremely well. The fish head variety at Belachan (5918 8th Avenue, Sunset Park) is an adventure in itself, although there are less daunting options for pickier eaters. $8.95

Mapo Tofu at Bamboo Pavilion
The food at Bamboo Pavilion (6920 18th Avenue, Bensonhurst) is all about authentic Sichuan ingredients. Take for example the thick and stew-like mapo tofu, a comfort food that cannot be matched. The thickened broth is rich, bold and full of satisfying umami flavor. Just make sure to specify the level of heat because numbing Sichuan peppercorns and Chinese chiles can make for an extremely spicy experience. $6.95

Hot Chicken Sandwich at Peaches Hothouse
Peaches Hothouse (415 Tompkins Avenue, Bed - Stuy) makes authentic, spicy Nashville fried chicken. And when they say hot, they mean hot. Layer upon layer of spice is added to the fried chicken in the form of different chili powders. Getting the hot chicken in sandwich form helps to cool the meal down... slightly. $9

Blue Point Oysters at Cornelius
Ok, so individual oysters aren't really a dish, but 10 of them for ten bucks, every day after 3pm (5pm on weekdays)? Get thee over to Cornelius (565 Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Heights), pronto. $1 each

Savory Hand Pies at Pie Corps 
Pie Corps (77 Driggs Avenue, Greenpoint) made the hand pie trend its own with the addition of savory fillings. The flavors vary, but they are all tasty, from Moroccan ground beef with chickpeas, saffron and almonds to goat cheese and caramelized onion. $6

Maefred Grilled Cheese at Noorman's Kill
Noorman's Kill (609 Grand Street, Williamsburg) is a whiskey bar, but they also specialize in grilled cheese. For a latenight meal to accompany one of the whiskey drinks, try the Maefred: double creme brie, mushrooms, onions and rosemary, all melted to oozy perfection on ciabatta. $6

French Onion Soup at Bar Tabac
Golden-colored caramelized onions surrounded by an indulgently rich broth and topped with a thick layer of gooey browned cheese. We'd expect nothing less from a classic go-to spot like Bar Tabac (128 Smith Street, Boerum Hill). $6.95

 

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