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Title: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: jhjefe on February 26, 2019, 09:22:44 PM
Whats yours? Always looking for a quick smallish portion for late breakfast, lunch, first dinner and/or second dinner (besides pizza or deli sandwiches)

Currently mine is at Papa's Kitchen (83rd and 37th). Strange that the menu I found online doesn't include the Silogs.  They are 7 and 8 dollar plates with a big scoop of garlic fried rice (could be a little more garlicky for my taste) but its not greasy like the fried rice at the chinese take-out places.  The rice is topped with a perfectly cooked overeasy egg and your choice of viande . They're all good but I highly recommend the longanisa, a sweet and garlicky sausage.  Thats the guilty pleasure right there.  Woodside has a few places that serve this and have grilled sardines as an option.  Hopefully Papas Kitchen can add this option.

Pretty high on the list was the falafel pitas, and the shakshouka at Zaytouns.  Tried to make the hike across Roosevelt at least once a week.  Best falafel I've had this side of the mediteranean.  So sad they are gone.  Does anyone have any recommendations for a place with similar dishes nearby?
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: dssjh on February 26, 2019, 10:12:53 PM
the small combo plate at Rabjhog is very good- two veg, rice or bread and dal. 8.95 adds a small app and a dessert.

okawa has a two roll special for 8, which includes soup or salad. filling, good (not amazing)


mamma rosa's has a handful of choices at 7, including a couple of parm sandwiches (good) and pastas i haven't tried. both come with salad or broccoli.

of the many Chinese options, i find Lin's to be the best.
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: toddg on February 26, 2019, 10:30:50 PM
I highly recommend the Thenthuk (https://simplytibetan.com/2011/12/26/thenthuk/) from any of the neighborhood Nepali/Tibetan eateries.  This is a filling, nourishing, meat/radish/noodle soup that is my favorite neighborhood comfort food, especially on a cold night.  I've been gradually trying the beef thenthuk at many places throughout the neighborhood, and my favorite so far is at Lali Guras ($6, I think).
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: lalochezia on February 26, 2019, 10:43:34 PM
Lamb/Chicken combo sammys halal cart ......vendy award winner!
usually at the corner of 73rd and broadway.
the lamb is seasoned beautifully......white sauce is AMAAAAAAZING.

I think $7 or $8....

enough for 1.5 hungry people or 2 normal dinners!

https://www.sammyshalalfood.com/
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: JH3525 on February 27, 2019, 06:08:23 AM
Occasionally, I will visit Jose Fish Market at 8104 Roosevelt Ave only for their $2.75 fish chowder which is incredible and made fresh all day long.   The fish chowder is not a meal but for those who want a full meal they have many choices of fried seafood such as whiting, shrimp, scallops, flounder, crab stick which includes either french fries or rice priced from $4.00 to $7.75 and the portions are large.  You can dine in or take out.  No table service plus no tax.  Incredible bargain.  The least expensive is the whiting with the fries or rice for just $4.00.  I don't eat fried foods but considering how busy this place is I'm certain you won't be disappointed. 
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: pynchoff on February 27, 2019, 06:33:26 AM
Ayada has set lunches for under $8. The fish tacos at the grocery store on Roosevelt and 80th are only $4.00 each.
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: the80s on February 27, 2019, 10:25:08 AM
Any kind of cheese arepa from The Arepa Lady -- $6.

Empanadas from La Nueva.

Bhel puri from Dosa Delight ($6).

Almost any chaat or mini plate from Rajbhog.
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: Ecrivain on February 27, 2019, 06:39:15 PM
Such a marvelous, useful thread. Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: JHHD on February 27, 2019, 07:56:23 PM
Three carnitas tacos $7.50 or two lengua (tongue) tacos, $6 from Taco Veloz on Roosevelt between 85th and 86th.
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: jhjefe on February 27, 2019, 08:54:06 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations!  Getting my second-dinner appetite going just reading about all the options!

Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: toddg on February 27, 2019, 09:25:07 PM
More taco options:  Octopus tacos and grilled fish tacos from La Esquina Del Cameron Mexicano (http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=12076) for $4 each.

For more inspiration, see this 2017 article from the NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/07/dining/best-cheap-restaurants-nyc.html).
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: Ecrivain on February 27, 2019, 10:17:21 PM
Veloz and La Esquina are great. Hit the former after Planet Fitness to replace any calories expended.
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: itsit on February 28, 2019, 07:23:00 PM
 Tortilla soup is back at the new El Rico Tinto location on Northern Blvd and 73rd st. Yes, soup is the whole filling meal!
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: JA on March 06, 2019, 09:59:42 PM
- 3 tacos al pastor or tinga from the cart on 83 and Roosevelt
- Mo thug at Spicy Tibet
- A tray of 2 curries and rice at Khao Kang
- A few onigiri from 969
- Arepa de queso from Luis on 80 and Roos
- 2 slices from Sac's
- Lunch special at Raj's Fast Food
- Prosciutto sandwich from Cannelle
- Caldo de gallina at Don Alex
- 2 fish empanadas at La Esquina
- 8 tamales from the lady in front of La Abundancia (feed the whole family)
- Lamb over Rice at Sammy's
- Any combo from the khao mun kai cart on 73 and roos
- huevos divorciados at ERT
And... When all else fails, there is Wendy's...

You get the picture...
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: itsit on March 07, 2019, 08:21:28 AM
 Excellent list JA! You are a true cheap food explorer. Saving this one for the spots we don't know yet...
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: secret_test_kitchen on March 16, 2019, 07:21:42 PM
The baked empanadas at La Gran Uruguaya Bakery are great. Get one spinach and one carne, and don't forget to ask for picante, their homemade hot sauce, which has avocado dice in it.

Our favorite halal cart is the one in front of TD Bank, directly on 37th Avenue (at 74th Street). Be sure to go to the one that's located right on 37th Ave., facing Duane Reade, since there's another cart at that corner on 74th. The lamb and chicken over rice with white and green sauce is delicious, and the guys who run the cart are friendly.
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: dssjh on March 16, 2019, 09:40:36 PM
The baked empanadas at La Gran Uruguaya Bakery are great. Get one spinach and one carne, and don't forget to ask for picante, their homemade hot sauce, which has avocado dice in it.

Our favorite halal cart is the one in front of TD Bank, directly on 37th Avenue (at 74th Street). Be sure to go to the one that's located right on 37th Ave., facing Duane Reade, since there's another cart at that corner on 74th. The lamb and chicken over rice with white and green sauce is delicious, and the guys who run the cart are friendly.

that's a really good cart. have you tried Fuska House, which sets up right next to that guy? vegetarian chaats, spicy as heck if you ask, not so much if you prefer. i like the pani puri best. and, as with your recommendation, there's another cart around the corner on 73rd that i'm not quite as fond of.
Title: Re: Best JH meal under 8$?
Post by: secret_test_kitchen on March 16, 2019, 11:02:37 PM
No, I haven't tried Fuska House, but my wife and I really like pani puri, which we've previously gotten at the local street fairs. Thanks for the recommendation. We'll have to order it from Fuska.