The coronavirus pandemic has tossed a brick into the machinery of New York City restaurants, but — at least according to what I’ve seen — small, inexpensive, often immigrant-run restaurants are surviving. Here are 40 great dining establishments, including some old chestnuts as well as new favorites, where you can dine well for $15 or less — or occasionally more in consideration of meal size, cost of ingredients, or restaurant location, since overhead is often higher in expensive neighborhoods.
New to this edition of the map are Amuni, Calle 191 Pescaderia, Harry Sweets & Snacks, King David Tacos, Lamoon, Mum Mediterranean Cuisine, Operation: Falafel, Santa Clarita, 7th Street Burger, Taqueria Al Pastor, and Ugly Donuts & Corn Dogs.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.