Mofongo Del Valle Bistec Sandwich

Cheap Eats: Mouth Watering Steak Sandwich

“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 recently told you about delicious burritos in Harlem. Guess what, we are headed back to the same area to explore a (spoiler alert) mouthwatering, absolutely amazing steak sandwich.

Cheap Eats: Mofongo Del Valle
Most of the Harlem spots I head to for dinner, after work. Again, sorry about the dark photo.

Mofongo Del Valle – 3340 Broadway @ 135th St (map)

In my research, I had been informed that I must order the bistec sandwich. I have to admit, I didn’t know what exactly that was. When I found out that it was a steak sandwich, I got pretty excited. I was picking up dinner, so I go two of them, one for my fiance. I found this recommendation, but when looking at the place on Yelp, it didn’t have the best reviews. I don’t put a whole lot of stock in Yelp anyway, but when I examined the reviews, most were from people who ordered delivery and their special request was incorrect. I understand that for some, this is a frustration, but when I go to a place like this, I want them to make the food for me in the way that THEY think it tastes the best. Plus, I actually wanted to go here as opposed to order delivery and sit on my lazy butt (not to say I don’t sit on my lazy butt from time to time).

When I got home, I unwrapped the sandwich and had this guy staring back at me…

Mofongo Del Valle Bistec Sandwich
I wish that I were a better photographer. This photo doesn’t capture the mouthwatering goodness in quite the right way.

How was it? Let’s go to the report!


How was the ordering experience? I went past the seating to the back of the restaurant where the cashier was stationed. I ordered and another employee had to come out to better understand my American accent (they all spoke English, but the WAY I spoke English threw some of them off). I grabbed a seat and waited. I would suggest calling in your order ahead of time (if you aren’t afraid of those Yelp reviews). Overall, the ordering experience was pleasant. My food was ready in about 15 minutes. The podcast I was listening to wasn’t even over yet!

How unique is the food? Hmmm. It was a steak sandwich, which doesn’t sound very unique. I’d like to say that it had exotic Cuban/Dominican flavors, but for the most part, it was a straight up steak sandwich. The sauce was good. This was definitely quality food, though.

How delicious was the food? Delicious! The bread was the first thing that stuck out to me. It was that flaky, crispy hero bread that is so amazing. Biting in, the steak flavors, the sauces, the veggies on there. Wow. So good. My fiance was in total agreement as well. This thing was awesome

Did it fill me up for $5 or less? It absolutely filled me up. The final cost was $5 with no tax – right on the cusp of the Cheap Eats cutoff. But it was so good that it was worth going to the brink of what I was willing to pay. And in the grand scheme of New York food, this is a steal.

Conclusion: If you are a steak sandwich person, check this out. I do want to try their chicken sandwich, ham and cheese sandwich, and Cuban sandwich as well. It was so good that I have faith that their other offerings will be delicious as well.

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4 thoughts on “Cheap Eats: Mouth Watering Steak Sandwich

  1. Danny February 9, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Nice find! Always forget that there’s good cheap eats in Harlem, if you can get past the translation part that is 🙂 I think anywhere else in Manhattan this sandwich would be double what you got it for, and probably not as tasty. Next time I’m on the 1 will need to check this place out. Thanks for this!

    • Mr NYBudget February 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Sure thing Danny! Thanks for reading!

  2. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer February 22, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I always see MDV on Grubhub but had no idea they had such good steak sandwiches (and so cheap) – I will have to check them out 😀
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    • Mr NYBudget February 22, 2015 at 11:50 am


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