Food

These Are the Best Meals Under $40 in New York City

The list includes 14 new restaurants, one with a star chef. Plus, 15 spots in Queens.

The Spotted Pig burger stays on the Bib Gourmand list.

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The 13th edition of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand guide for New York has been announced. The “cheap eats” version of the famous dining list describes 127 restaurants in the five boroughs, including 14 new spots this year.

The chief criterion for Bib Gourmand winners are that a meal for two courses plus dessert or wine can be had for $40 or less, tax and tip excluded. (Whether that’s accurate or not is another story.) Anonymous inspectors visit the restaurants to make their recommendations. This year, the number of new Bib Gourmands in New York equals the total number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Washington, D.C., in 2018.

Still, this number is smaller than last year’s New York Bib Gourmand list, which named 132 restaurants in its guide. In 2016, there were 133 restaurants that made the cut. That year, 27 new places were named.

This year’s additions include some newcomers: Star chef Enrique Olvera notably didn’t get a Michelin star for Cosme, his New York restaurant, or Pujol, his scene-defining spot in Mexico City. But his casual Mexican spot, Atla, made the Bib Gourmand list this year. And some are not new at all, such as Luzzo, the old-school pizza joint in the East Village.

Mexican food was big for the guide this year with such additions as El Molcajete and Patron in the Bronx, as well as Atla.

It’s a list dominated by Manhattan and Brooklyn, although 15 restaurants are named in Queens, seven in the Bronx, and three in Staten Island. The full list is below.
 

New York Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018

(An asterisk denotes a new entry. All neighborhoods are listed by their designation in the Michelin guide.)

Manhattan

al Bustan (Midtown East)
Angkor (Upper East Side)
*Atla (Greenwich and West Village)
Atoboy (Gramercy, Flatiron, and Union Square)
Baker & Co. (Greenwich and West Village)
Bar Primi (East Village)
Beyoglu (Upper East Side)

Cho Dang Gol (Midtown West)
Chomp Chomp (Greenwich and West Village)
*ChouChou (East Village)
Ciccio (SoHo and Nolita)
Congee Village (Lower East Side)
Cotenna (Greenwich and West Village)
Dim Sum Go Go (Chinatown and Little Italy)
DOMODOMO (Greenwich and West Village)
Don Antonio by Starita (Midtown West)
Donostia (East Village)
00 + Co (East Village)
El Parador (Midtown)
HanGawi (Midtown East)
*Hao Noodle & Tea (Greenwich and West Village)
Hecho en Dumbo (Greenwich and West Village)
Hide-Chan Ramen (Midtown East)
High Street on Hudson (Greenwich and West Village)
Hunan Bistro (East Village)
J.G. Melon (Upper East Side)
Jin Ramen (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)
J. Restaurant Chez Asta (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)

Katz’s (Lower East Side)
Khe-Yo (TriBeCa)
Kiin Thai (Greenwich and West Village)
Kiki’s (Lower East Side)
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen (Midtown West)
Land of Plenty (Midtown East)
Larb Ubol (Midtown West)
Laut (Gramercy, Flatiron, and Union Square)
Lupa (Greenwich and West Village)
*Luzzo’s (East Village)
MáLà Project (East Village)
Mapo Tofu (Midtown East)
Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too (Upper West Side)
Momofuku Noodle Bar (East Village)
Momofuku Ssäm Bar (East Village)
Oso (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)
New Malaysia (Chinatown and Little Italy)
*Norma Gastronomia Siciliana (Midtown East)
Nyonya (Chinatown and Little Italy)
Pippali (Gramercy, Flatiron, and Union Square)
Prune (East Village)
Ribalta (Greenwich and West Village)
Rubirosa (SoHo and Nolita)
Russ & Daughters Cafe (Lower East Side)
San Matteo (Upper East Side)
Sip Sak (Midtown East)
Soba-Ya (East Village)
Somtum Der (East Village)
Spotted Pig (Greenwich and West Village)
Streetbird Rotisserie (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)
Supper (East Village)
Szechuan Gourmet (Midtown West)
Tertulia (Greenwich and West Village)
*Tfor (Greenwich and West Village)
Turkish Kitchen (Gramercy, Flatiron, and Union Square)
Uva (Upper East Side)
Zoma (Harlem, Morningside, and Washington Heights)

 

Brooklyn

Achilles Heel, Williamsburg
*Alta Calidad, Park Slope
*Bunker (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Buttermilk Channel (Downtown)
Chavela’s (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
East Harbor Seafood Palace (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Egg (Williamsburg)
Falansai (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Frankies 457 Spuntino (Downtown)
Freek’s Mill (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Ganso Ramen (Downtown)
Gladys (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Glasserie (Williamsburg)
Good Fork (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Gran Eléctrica (Downtown)
Hometown Bar-B-Que (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Kings County Imperial (Williamsburg)
Lea (Park Slope)

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Llama Inn (Williamsburg)
Mile End (Downtown)
*Miss Ada (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Olmsted (Park Slope)
Paulie Gee’s (Williamsburg)
*Pok Pok Ny (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Prime Meats (Downtown)
Purple Yam (Park Slope)
Rider (Williamsburg)
Roberta’s (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Shalom Japan (Williamsburg)
Sottocasa (Downtown)
Speedy Romeo (Fort Greene and Bushwick)
Runner & Stone (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
Rye (Williamsburg)
Tanoreen (Sunset Park and Brighton Beach)
*21 Greenpoint (Williamsburg)
Vinegar Hill House (Downtown)
Xixa (Williamsburg)

 

Queens

Arharn Thai
Casa del Chef Bistro

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*Dumpling Galaxy
Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna
Hahm Ji Bach
HinoMaru Ramen 
Hunan House
Hunan Kitchen 
Il Poeta
John Brown Smokehouse
Mu Ramen
Paet Rio
Sweet Yummy House
Tong Sam Gyup Goo Yi 
Uncle Zhou 


The Bronx

*El Molcajete 
Havana Café 
La Morada
Mexicosina
*Patron
Tra Di Noi 

Zero Otto Nove


Staten Island

Enoteca 
San Rasa
Vida 

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