3 cheap delicious lunch places that you can’t miss

There are endless restaurants in NYC. So many different choices….. And that is one of the biggest problems.

How can you pick?!!? . How will you know you going into a good place that will give you your money’s worth? That will not only give you food but also an experience

Well, it is a pickle. That’s why I’m writing this post. I wanted to give you at least 3 places where you can have, affordable, delicious meal that comes with an experience. All of those will give you the NYC experience, fast pace, shouting from the kitchen and back, and an electric vibe. If you’ve been to NYC and did not get lunch in those places, you NEED to book the next flight now! Because you don’t want to miss out on those.


  • Totto Ramen

This is a chain (with only 3 branches). All the branches are small (usually basement level) with a family atmosphere. The menu is all about the Ramen, with pork, chicken, seafood, tofu and different failovers. You can also have it spicy or extra spicy (and they ain't kidding about the extra…. )
Professional tip: How can you tell you are in a good place? Well, except for the line at the entrance at all times and the smells that come all the way to the street there are many locals dining and not just tourists (you can spot the local NY by their loud voices and accent)

Tip: be sure to get there before you start to feel you are starving, because it’s usually 15-30 min wait. (But worth it!)

The price: ranges between 12$-16$

Address: the best branch in my opinion is at 366W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019. (There are 2 more braches in different locations in the city)


  • Shanghai Cafe Deluxe

***update: Place temporarily closed. I recommended to get to the Shanghai Heping restaurant which is right next to Shanghai Cafe Deluxe and will give you the same experience.***

In the Heart of China Town, there is an absolute authentic Chinese restaurant that feeds hundreds if not thousands of people a day. The high-tech offices in the city call every day and order a take-away for lunch. There are always tourists groups gathered the entrance while traveling the area. And you? You have got to visit there. The best way I can describe the feeling is: To be in New York and to feel in China. This Chinese restaurant is located in the heart of Chinatown and EVERTYHING about it screams Chinatown. It’s decor, the pace of the wait staff and the greeting by hostess at the entrance.

Do fall for the slightly old appearance, it’s exactly what you should be looking for to get the best deal in town.

Tip: if you are a fan of Dumpling, you need to visit this at the beginning of your trip, so that you will have enough time to come back here again. I would recommend ordering the soup dumpling and the fried dumpling. You don’t really need more than that. As the proteins are not small.

The price: about 10$ per dish

Address: 100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013


  • katz's delicatessen

This is a Jewish deli establishment. Founded in 1888! And has since become pilgrim place for meat lovers. There are literally thousands of people dining every day. The deli serves food from the Eastern European Jewish cuisine. These are such good sandwiches that there are people that eat here on a daily basis.

Each week the delicatessen sells about 2,200 kg of meat, about 1,400 kg of salami and about 12,000 sausages. And that’s as Jude Judy says is A LOT of bologna J

The interior of the restaurant reminds us of an old Amish dining room, long wooden tables and a joint meeting with other diners gives the place a serious plus (reminds me of my childhood home in the Israeli the kibbutz).

At the entrance to the delicatessen you will receive a blank ticket, wait in a (long) line to the food reservation counter, where your order will be written on your ticket, at the end of the meal you will go to the checkout counter and pay for it. NOTE the card must be kept (even if you have not ordered anything and it is empty) otherwise you will have to pay a fine.

Tip: I tasted the Brisket, Corned Beef and Pastrami sandwiches. I recommend to order the pastrami sandwich, which is the best thanks to the high fat level in the pastrami meat which gives it unparalleled moister and tenderness.

The price: about 20$ per sandwich (NOTE: the sandwiches are HUGE! we shared one and still got leftovers)

Address: 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002


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Totto Ramen
Totto Ramen
Shanghai Heping
Shanghai Heping
Katz's Delicatessen
Katz's Delicatessen