Food

Percy's Pizza - the Quest for the Best $1 Slice

 

NYC on a budget highlights budget-friendly attractions, activities and food places worth checking out. What’s your favorite New York pizza place so far?

We’ve been on a quest to find the best dollar pizza slice in NYC & so far Percy’s pizza, located on Bleecker street, in the Greenwich Village nightclub district, is the winner! The compact, brick-walled counter serves inexpensive, thin-crushed slices. A great option to eat on a budget.

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Well cooked, foldable, crispy and the fresh-tasting sauce distinguishes it from any other ¢99 and $1 pizza we have tried in the city. Percy’s is especially great when it’s hot right out of the oven, and it can actually stand on its own, not needing heaps of seasoning post-purchase.

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A pizza pie at Percy’s goes from $8 for the classic cheese and up to $18 for any three-toppins pie. Plain slices start at $1 and most topped slices are $1.50. 2 slices and a drink go for $2.75!

Note it’s cash only, like most dollar slice spots.

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Hours: 11 am - 2 am

Where: 190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 (a 29 minutes subway ride from Our Place)

Phone: (212) 388-1355 (for pick up).

 

Miss Favela

 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. What’s your favorite place for good food and live music? Let us know in the comments.

Williamsburg, a must-stop while in NYC, is home to a particularly energetic place. Samba, caipirinhas, feijoada and great vibes are Miss Favela’s offer to locals and visitors. A real taste of Brazil!

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Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

Miss Favela is a cozy restaurant inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s bars concept. It offers a great cuisine selection, Brazilian common drinks and beer, and a vibrant environment.

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Source: http://www.missfavela.com/

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We visited on a Saturday afternoon and by 3 pm the place was already full, so, if you are going on a Saturday, you may want to consider arriving a little early to grab a seat.

This spot is for everyone, there were families having lunch, couples having a drink or cup of coffee, friends celebrating birthdays (us!) and even though every seat was taken, more and more people kept coming in!

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So if you’re you looking forward to a warm, relaxed, and cheerful evening… go check out Miss Favela and dance the day away to the sound of live Samba music!

Recommendations:

  • Live music days: Thurs. Sat. and Sundays starting at 2 pm.

  • Everything on the menu

Cost: beer from $7 - cocktails $12 + / Appetizers: $6 - $12 / Brunch: $14 fixed price / Mains: $20 - $24

Happy Hour: 2 for 1 drinks at the bar until 7 - Tuesdays and Fridays

Where: 57 S 5th St Brooklyn, NY, 11211 (a 19 minutes bus ride from Our Place)

 

Wah Fung No. 1

 

NYC on a budget highlights budget-friendly attractions, activities and food places worth checking out. What’s your favorite spot in Chinatown?

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Chinatown is known for having an abundance of great places to eat at an unbelievably low price point. One of my favorite stops is Wah Fung No. 1 on Chrystie St. just off Hester. The menu is limited to roast duck, pork, or chicken served over rice with a side of cabbage, but what they lack in variety they make up for in flavor. Don’t be surprised if there is a line out the door when you arrive, but don’t worry, the guys inside keep it moving quickly. While there isn’t seating in the restaurant they are located across from a park with plenty of benches to sit and enjoy your meal on a nice day.

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Recommendations: Everything I have tried has been absolutely delicious, but the hands-down best deal is the pork, or chicken, over rice special. For $4.25 you get a generous amount of perfectly roasted pork or chicken over steamed rice and cabbage topped with sauce.

Cost: Everything on the menu is under $10 with most items being around $6 making for a super affordable and delicious option.

Where: 79 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002 (right off Hester)

Hours: 9 am- 7 pm

How to get there: Take the B or D to Grand St or the F to East Broadway (a 35 minute subway ride from Our Place)



 

Where to celebrate Lunar New Year in NYC

 

Welcome the Asian Lunar New Year -the year of the Pig- with these fun and colorful events happening all over the city.

The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is a festival that marks the beginning of the year in the Lunar calendar. It’s celebrated by most East Asian cultures on the same day, and it’s around the corner! While the official date is February 5th, there are festivities throughout the whole month so mark your calendar and set out to some of the best NYC events in February!

Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/chinese-lunar-new-year-in-nyc-1612203

Source: https://www.tripsavvy.com/chinese-lunar-new-year-in-nyc-1612203

MANHATTAN EVENTS

Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

The Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival takes place in Manhattan's Chinatown on February 5th. As part of the annual traditions, the Better Chinatown Society lights thousands of firecrackers to welcome the new year and ward off evil spirits. Dancers and singers perform on a big stage while dragon and lion masked groups take over the streets.

The festival starts at 11:00 am and lasts until 3:30 pm near the basketball court in Sara Roosevelt Park.  

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Annual Chinese New Year Parade

The Chinese New Year Parade and Festival takes place on a different day than the Firecracker Festival. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, February 17th. The spectacle includes musicians, lion and dragon dances, stunning outfits, acrobats and martial art performers. More than 5,000 people participate in the parade. The event starts at 1:00 pm at Mott and Hester streets and ends in Roosevelt Park, at around 4:30 pm.

Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc

Source: https://ny.curbed.com/2017/1/28/14424166/lunar-chinese-new-year-parades-nyc


BROOKLYN EVENTS

Chinese New Year Parade on 8th Avenue

The Chinese New Year is also celebrated all over Brooklyn. The annual Brooklyn Lunar New Year Parade takes place February 5th on 8th Avenue, from 50th Street to 61st Street. It features traditional dancing, singing, kung fu demonstrations, and firecrackers!

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Lunar New Year in Prospect Park

Also on February 5th, a wide range of activities will be taking place at Prospect Park. From paper-lantern making to Bingo and card games, the Prospect Park Alliance has a fun set of free activities planned for families to enjoy the Chinese holiday. RSVP and see more event details.

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/04/bay-area-2018-lunar-new-year-festivals-and-events/

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/04/bay-area-2018-lunar-new-year-festivals-and-events/

Queens Events

Lunar New Year Parade and Reception

Festivities for the Lunar New Year will start at the historic St. George’s Church with a reception held by the Greater Flushings Chamber of Commerce on February 9th. The reception will be from 9:30 am until 10:30 and will be showcasing performances by local artists and organizations, a prize raffle, and local refreshments. After the reception, head over to Union St and 37th Ave for the parade that starts around 11 am.

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Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar

The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar will take place on February 17 at the Flushings town hall. Temple fairs are a popular tradition for the Lunar New Year going back centuries. The fair will have a variety of performances, art-making, and food to celebrate the new year. This family-friendly event will take place in two timed entry sessions at 11 am and 2 pm. You will need your $5 ticket to participate so make sure you snag your tickets for this event before they sell out. Follow the link below the picture to purchase tickets.

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Source: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flushing-lunar-new-year-parade-reception-2019-tickets-53067716970

Interesting fact: New York City is home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. Manhattan’s Chinatown is known to be one of the oldest Chinese communities in the United States.

See more on the Chinese New Year Origins and Traditions

 

Smorgasburg Winter Market & Brooklyn Flea

 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. What’s your favorite food market place? Let us know in the comments.

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors under the summer sun. But now that it’s winter and the weather is not well suited for sampling food in the park, Smorgasburg Winter Market moves indoors.

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The market, called “The Woodstock of eating” by the New York Times, has a food option for everybody’s taste. From Indian to Venezuelan, Italian and everything in between.

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Bolivian Llama Party: Bolivian food

Avo Bites: Avocado-based street food

Avo Bites: Avocado-based street food

Chickpea & Olive: Plant-based comfort food

Chickpea & Olive: Plant-based comfort food

The market is based in two main locations in Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Prospect Park, moving to Atlantic plaza for the winter season only.

While the Brooklyn Flea runs in separate locations in summer, in winter both markets share space at Atlantic Plaza, providing goers with a wide selection of antiques, vintage clothing, hand made art, crafts and more to enjoy as they munch on their Smorgasburg fare.

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New York City and gastronomy go hand and hand; Smorgasburg is the perfect place to try all sorts of some of NYC’s favorite eats in one place.

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Recommendations: Go with friends to share and sample as many options as possible! Or simply pick one or two of your favorites!

When: Saturdays 11am - 8pm / Sundays 11am -  5pm

Where: 625 Atlantic Ave (Atlantic Center across from Barclays Center) Brooklyn, NY, 11217 (about a 12 min subway ride from Our Place)

 
 

Kottu House

 
 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. What’s your favorite place to grab some grub? Let us know in the comments.

Kottu House is a cozy spot to pop in on Broome St. in the Lower East Side if you need a quick but delicious bite. We went on a Tuesday night around 6pm - there was no one else in the restaurant at the time, although they were fielding online orders. This was my first time having Sri Lankan food, and while I can’t attest to its authenticity, I can say that the dish I ordered was delicious (and not to spicy thanks to the “extra mild” option). We loved that the menu had more vegetarian & pescatarian options than meat dishes and that dinner was served in a cardboard carton which made taking leftovers a breeze.

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Recommendations: We had the lentil patties to start with some really delicious mint hibiscus tea. I had the Sneaky Pineapple for my main which was a little sweet and a lot of yum. Check at their menu, which offers lots of vegetarian options + some gluten free.

Cost: Mains are $10 - $12 while small plates or $6 - 9.

Where: 250 Broome St. (between Orchard and Ludlow) New York, NY 10002 (about a 30 min subway ride from Our Place, or 25 minutes on a bike)

 

 

 

Mekong BK

 
 

Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. This edition takes us to the border of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene for Vietnamese eats.

Mekong BK is a fairly new (and welcome) addition to the Fort Greene dining scene. In an area that can get pricey, Mekong BK offers traditional Vietnamese fare at reasonable prices. Stop by for noodles or a big bowl of pho and then enjoy some drinks at the bar in this relaxing spot.

Recommendations: Bun with crispy spring rolls (vermicelli with delicious sauce); Pho (hearty Vietnamese soup); Bahn Me (Vietnamese sandwich on Baguette with pork and pickled veggies)

Cost: $15 for soup or noodles, $23 for more refined entrees

Where: 250 DeKalb Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205 - walk from Our Place in 17 minutes or bike in 5

 

Samurai Papa

 

Neighborhood spotlights are a local recommendation with some quick info for must-try spots in our area. What’s your favorite ramen spot? Let us know in the comments.

Samurai Papa is our go to ramen spot in BK and it’s not just because it’s half a block from our front door. This tiny counter-service spot serves up some of the best ramen and soba noodles around. Walk off the Brooklyn sidewalk and into Japan for a dinner that is authentically delicious.

Source: https://www.samuraipapabk.com/

Source: https://www.samuraipapabk.com/

Recommendations: Miso Ramen, Neku Soba

Cost: A bowl of ramen costs ~$12, lunchtime Bento boxes for $10.50

Where: 594 Lafayette (between Nostrand and Marcy Aves), Brooklyn - walk from Our Place in 3 minutes!