Fresh juice at Jungle Cafe doesn’t break the bank (Courtesy of Jungle Cafe)

Dining out doesn’t always mean shelling out exuberant amounts of money in Greenpoint. While the many newer high-end food destinations get most of the headlines and accolades, the dependable and affordable food options in Greenpoint deserve a shout out from time to time. We asked Greenpointers readers earlier this week what their favorite food options are for under $10, here are the recommendations:

Acapulco (1116 Manhattan Ave.): This Mexican restaurant on the far northern end of Manhattan Avenue was by far the most recommended by Greenpointers readers. The burritos and breakfast options at Acapulco are local picks for cheap eats: Chicken, chorizo and steak burritos are $7.25 (veggie burrito is $6) and breakfast omelet platters cost $5.50. Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Peter Pan (727 Manhattan Ave.) turns out classic donuts and the line is often out the door on weekends, but many people opt for breakfast sandwiches, specifically bacon egg and cheese on either a bagel or roll, which costs under $5. Hours:  Mon. – Fri. 4:30 a.m. – 8pm; Sat. 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun. 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Bacon egg and cheese on a poppy seed roll at Peter Pan (Robert V. yelp)

Frankel’s Delicatessen (631 Manhattan Ave.) is a throwback Jewish-style deli that is packed with the brunch crowd on weekend mornings.  The pastrami, egg and cheese sandwich is a Greenpoint favorite and costs $9. Hours: Mon. to Sun. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Egg, cheese and pastrami on a roll at Frankel’s ( Ron C., Yelp)

Karczma (136 Greenpoint Ave.) is a bonified Polish food destination, and the menu offers delicious dishes at relatively affordable price points ( a lunch plate with stuffed cabbage, pierogis and soup costs $11.50). Greenpointers readers recommend the white borscht served in a bread bowl that is accompanied by mashed potatoes garnished with bacon for $5.75. Hours: Mon. to Thur. from 12 p.m to 10:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. from 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

White borscht served in a bread bowl at Karczma (Beril E., Yelp)

God Bless Deli (818 Manhattan Ave.) is a bodega with a strong local following that has Middle Eastern and American food options 24 hours/day. Everything on the bodega menu is under $10, but readers cite the falafel sandwich ($3.49) and chicken over rice ($5) as their favorites.

Falafel at God Bless Deli
Chicken and rice at God Bless Deli (Samuel R., Yelp)

Xi’an Famous Foods (648 Manhattan Ave.) is a northern Chinese-style NYC chain with a menu almost entirely made of options that cost under $10. The spicy and sour spinach dumplings (six for $9) and the spicy lamb burger ($6) come recommended. Hours: Mon. – Thur. and Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 

Spinach dumplings at X’ian Famous Foods (Hillary T., Yelp)
Lamb burger at X’ian Famous foods (Amanda H., Yelp)

Polka Dot (726 Manhattan Ave.) is a neighborhood gem with rustic charm and incredible Polish food sold mostly by the pound. Everything here is affordable; start with the zucchini pancakes ($1.50 each) or the stuffed cabbage ($3 each) and move on to the roast chicken and beet salad. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Polish & Slavic Center Cafeteria (177 Kent St.) is a home-style Polish food oasis tucked inside the PSC with authentic dishes like the kotlet mielony (Meatloaf with kasza and red cabbage) bigos domowy (homemade Hunter’s stew). Most dishes are under $10. Hours: Mon. to Fri. 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 5 pm.

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  1. I would add Amarin by Nassau and Manhattan, probably the best Thai food and inexpensive in Greenpoint and it is BYOB too boot!

    Also Shanghai Lee by India and Franklin if you like American/chinese food. The best in the area.

  2. How on earth you guys forget about Lites bites they are the best restaurant in greenpoint with affordable prices with their must try Carribean menu!

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