I have a food problem. The friends who have met me on the road know that I will drag them across the city (and sometimes to neighbouring towns) in search of a new food. I will insist on copious time in local markets, at street stalls and crouched at roadside restaurants. I spend full days learning new recipes from the food stall owners I have met on my travels. I just love food. And from a half a world away, I still get emails about where to eat in New York.

Polo Fried Chicken, the best fried chicken in Bangkok

This is not because I am an expert on New York restaurants, but because I am a low-class foodie: I love to eat good food, but I refuse to pay too much for it. Cheap eats are almost permanently accessible when you are travelling through Asia or South America, but less so in New York, where restaurant prices easily tend toward the astronomical. I was saving up for this round-the-world adventure when I worked and lived in New York City, and thus I became the go-to person for friends and family who wanted to eat on a budget, but not sacrifice taste.

These are my favorite cheap eats in NYC:

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  • Jodi Ettenberg

    Born in Montreal, Canada, Jodi Ettenberg is a former new media and technology lawyer who quit her job after 5+ years of working…

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