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The Best Dinners in Manhattan if You’re on a Budget

Even when you’re on vacation, you’ve got to eat. When in New York City, it can be tempting to succumb to expensive eateries and trendy bars, especially in the Manhattan area, but there are plenty of gems if you skip straight to the places the locals love. If you are looking for an affordable dinner in Manhattan, check out one–or more–of these well-loved options.

Manhattan Diner

Open from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. every day, there’s almost no time that you can’t enjoy your favorite burger at Manhattan Diner. The food at this retro-styled restaurant is always fresh and made to order. Slide up to the counter to enjoy a meal and make small talk with other diners, or bring along a date or friend to relax and chat in one of the cozy booths. From Greek spinach pie to grilled Norwegian salmon, there isn’t much you won’t find on this eclectic menu. Don’t forget to check out the abundant dessert menu.

The Meatball Shop

Expect tremendous taste from a tiny restaurant at The Meatball Shop. There are no pre-packaged, frozen meals at this Italian eatery. Instead, you get to create your own dinner. Start by choosing from classic beef, spicy pork, chicken or vegetable meatballs, then move on to picking a thick, delicious sauce in options ranging from traditional tomato to creamy pesto. In the mood for something unique? Check out the daily special for a meatball you won’t find on the everyday menu. Pasta, salads, sides and sandwiches add some variety, and the kids will love the ice cream and cookie dessert available on their own menu. Wash it all down with a specialty cocktail while you relax and chat with the rest of your party.

Los Tacos No. 1

You can’t visit Manhattan without tasting some of the best tacos in the city. Los Tacos No. 1 uses family recipes and fresh ingredients to create authentic Mexican tacos from scratch—even the corn and flour tortillas are homemade. Not in the mood for tacos? Pull up a chair and try a quesadilla or tostada instead. Customize your meal with homemade salsa, guacamole, cilantro or onion, or ask for them “con todo” to get it all. A truly casual environment, this restaurant is the perfect place to bring the kids for an early dinner. Don’t forget to try a cactus taco if you’re feeling a little adventurous.

Whether you’re in the mood for an authentic taco, stick-to-your-insides meatballs or a little bit everything, there is no doubt that you’ll find an affordable dinner in Manhattan when you visit one of these area restaurants. Try one or eat at a new one every night!

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