Food & Drink

15 Brooklyn places that made NYMag’s Cheap Eats list

The fish sandwich at Handsome Hanks is quite a looker. Photo courtesy of New York Magazine.

It’s been a fish sandwichy, porky bunny, crazy pizza-ish food year in NYC, thems being the big trends highlighted in the New York Magazine 2012 Cheap Eats list released yesterday. The roster of Brooklyn places confirms Crown Heights as a rising chow hub, with Prospect Heights still still going strong. Our pick of their picks is the pizza at PeteZaaz, where you can choose from garlic-chip béchamel, fried chicken, creamed corn, pickled jalapeños, and pulverized Cheez-Its as toppings. Or order a Gourmet Stoner, which has purple Peruvian potatoes, crème fraîche, bacon, Cheddar, and green onion. We get that funny feeling in our eyes just reading it. Here, in no particular order, the 15 new-ish places that made the cut. Which ones did they miss?

552 Vanderbilt Ave., at Dean St., Prospect Heights; 718-576-6701

The M.O.B. at Maimomide of Brooklyn
$10, 525 Atlantic Ave., nr. Third Ave., Boerum Hill

Brooklyn Wok Shop
182 N. 10th St.,  nr. Driggs Ave. Williamsburg

Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut’s whiting sandwich, $8
Saturdays at Smorgasburg and Sundays at Brooklyn Flea, N. 6th St. at the East River, Williamsburg



  1. Brick

    How does $20 for pizza and meatballs qualify as cheap eats? Go find a pizza shop that’s been around for a few decades and buy yourself a chicken or lasagna slice for $4, those are actual cheap eats.

    • conaldarcy

      A new, traditional, cheap pizza place opening up at Franklin and Prospect. And you can buy by the slice, unlike the “gourmet” pizza restaurants that are opening up in the ‘hood.

  2. La Vara is great, but I’d say that it isn’t “cheap eats” either. It’s a tapas place so of course there are some dishes in the $8-$12 range, but eating a meal will still set you back significantly more. My fiancee and I actually checked out for the first time just a couple of days ago, ordered a full (but not what I’d term excessive) meal, one drink each, one dessert to share, and it came in a bit over $100 with tax and tip. Not unreasonable, but hardly “cheap”. Also, the roast suckling pig (which seems, from reading reviews, to be one of their best dishes) clocks in at $32 and isn’t particularly large (though the table next to us, who ordered it, seemed to really enjoy it).

  3. versayce

    Barboncino is actually pretty great. Is it cheap? No, but nothing on these NY Mag lists ever are since they define “cheap” as $25 and under. As someone who loves food/eats out fairly regularly, I generally use these as a starting point to find a splurge-y restaurant to treat myself at.

  4. joecal

    Yea this was a confusing list, most of the places aren’t any cheaper than a lot of equally delicious restaurants. The only qualification seems to be “a meal you could get for under $25,” and they even broke that with places like Pok Pok by saying, “you will probably be sharing.”

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