NYC’s 10 Best Budget Zagat Restaurants is a list you must keep handy for great dinners at budget prices. The number one rated restaurant on New York City’s Zagat list scored a 29 out of 30 for quality and costs $162.00 for 1 person for dinner. And good luck trying to get a reservation for 2 at 8pm this Saturday night.
I needed a professional to do this research so I asked our accountant here at WalkingToursManhattan.com to crunch the numbers on the top 100 Zagat restaurants in New York City, and find us the best bang for our buck. It’s a good thing we sought out a professional to dive into the numbers, because he came up Aces.
He came up with 10 of the best restaurants on Zagat’s top 100 list with an average dinner cost for 1 person of only $29.80, and in accountants terminology he stated; “individual dinner prices may vary according to how many appetizers you consume.”
Below are winners of NYC’s 10 Best Budget Zagat Restaurants, average cost is for 1 dinner with 1 drink and tip;
Pearl Oyster Bar, food score 27, average cost $53.
Well known for it’s raw bar and lobster roll.
18 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village
Taverna Kyclades, food score 26, average cost $38.
Freshest fish and popular Greek dishes.
33-07 Ditmas Blvd, Astoria Queens
228 1st Avenue, East Village
Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, food score 26, average cost $26.
Wood-fired BBQ served cafeteria style at communal tables.
103 2nd Avenue, East Village
Caracas Arepa, food score 26, average cost 21.
Taste of Venezuela with corn flour tortilla.
93 East 7th Street, East Village
Totto Ramen, food score 25, average cost $21.
Authentic Japanese noodle shop.
366 West 52nd Street, Hell’s Kitchen
Taim, food score 25, average cost $15.
Israeli vegetarian falafel and salads.
222 Waverly Place, Greenwich Village
45 Spring Street, Nolita
Buttermilk Channel, food score 25, average cost $47.
Popular for it’s fried chicken and waffles brunch.
524 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Katz’s Delicatessen, food score 25, average cost $26.
Excellent hand-carved pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.
205 East Houston Street, Lower East Side
Ippudo, food score 25, average cost $32.
Most popular dish is Hakata tonkotsu pork soup.
65 4th Avenue, East Village
Lombardi’s Pizzeria, 24, average cost $25.
America’s oldest pizzeria with coal-fired brick oven.
32 Spring Street, Nolita
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Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.
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