“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.
I have been focusing a lot on ethnic foods in my cheap eats posts. I like to find interesting and unique foods. But, I’ll be honest, sometimes I just want something straightforward, common, easy to understand. No, I’m not talking about pizza (don’t worry, I’ll get to that). Today, I’m talking about chicken. Funny enough, I bought my chicken lunch from a pizza joint:
Bros Pizza is known for their $1 slices of plain pizza, and rightfully so. It’s an incredible deal. But at least at the Chelsea location around lunch time, you will see far more people lining up at the chicken and rice side of the counter. I followed suit and chose grilled chicken and rice. A drumstick and thigh, grilled golden brown over rice may not be the healthiest, but it sure does its job as comfort food.
The Cheap Eats Breakdown
How was the ordering experience? It’s a quick and easy buffet style. Be sure to know what you want before your order and have your cash ready and you’ll be out of there and closer to enjoying that chicken in no time!
How unique is the food? Not at all. Chicken, aside from a slice of pizza, is probably the most common food you will ever find on my cheap eats series. But sometimes, you just don’t feel adventurous.
How delicious was the food? Very delicious! While I was there, I got the impression that a lot of people in line with me have this meal every weekday. I would hate that, but as a fun way to get some comfort food in, it makes me happy.
Did it fill me up for $5 or less? Absolutely! It’s important here that you know your options. Grilled chicken is $2, fried chicken is $1, and you can get rice and vegetables or rice and beans for $1. So my plate ended up costing $3! I plan to head back to try the fried chicken for a dollar less soon!
Conclusion: This cheap eats location isn’t for tourists. You won’t find anything unique here, but for the local, craving a cheap, yummy chicken and rice lunch – this place delivers!
P.S. I got a great question from The Indolent Cook recently who wanted to know about tipping. For readers in other countries, the practice of tipping in the U.S. is definitely a bit strange. The easy rule of thumb is that if someone brings you the food (waiter, delivery person, etc), you are expected to tip. However, if you pick up the food yourself from a counter, tipping is not expected (sometimes you’ll see a tip jar at the counter, but that is really for exceptional service, or for people who hate loose change). So the prices in this series are exactly what I pay. What about tax you ask? I have no idea – I imagine the tax must be built in, but the cheap places I go have always just charged me the advertised amount exactly. Anyone have any insight on that?
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