“Cheap Eats” is my post-series on cheap restaurants and prepared food options in New York. I recommend cooking your own food most of the time, but every once in a while it is nice to indulge and you don’t have to pay through the nose to do so. I plan to review many of the cheap options I find on various websites and will let you know if they are as good and as cheap as advertised. If you have a suggestion for a place to review, feel free to let me know through my contact page.
If you don’t know what samosas are, get ready. These things are awesome! They are a staple in India, other parts of Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. A fried pastry is filled with a savory blend of potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, spices, and sometimes various meats. And guess what? I found a place that has delicious ones for only $1 each:
- I walked in to what looked like any other corner bodega you see around New York city. I honestly wondered if I was in the right place. Then, behind the glass display counter, I saw them. I was prepared to get 5 to maximize my $5 “Cheap Eats” budget, but after seeing the size of the samosas, I opted to go for 3 instead. I treated myself to one chicken samosa, which cost $.50 more.
The Cheap Eats Breakdown
How was the ordering experience? It was simple enough, nothing fancy. I stepped up to the counter and asked for two veggie samosas and one chicken samosa. The guy behind the counter asked if I wanted them heated and I said yes. Note, either ask them to heat them a little longer than normal or pop them in your own microwave for a minute or two when you get home as they weren’t as piping hot as I would have hoped – a problem that is easily correctable, though.
How unique is the food? Samosas are pretty unique I would say! Sure, you can order them at most Indian restaurants, but as far as quick takeout for cheap, I would say this is one of the more unique offerings I have come across.
How delicious was the food? So delicious! Again, the only issue was they weren’t super hot, but man, did they taste good. The potato base with the spices and other ingredients work so well together.
Did it fill me up for $5 or less? For $3.50, I was absolutely full until my next meal. If I had purchased $5 worth of samosas, I can’t imagine finishing all 5 of them.
Conclusion: Little Pakistan Deli Corp is definitely a new favorite of mine. Don’t go there expecting any ambiance whatsoever. Just expect cheap, delicious samosas. This is the best deal I have found in NYC since I discovered Chinatown dumplings!
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