15 Things to Eat in Brooklyn for Under $15

Dining on a Budget in Brooklyn

​Dining out can eat into any travel budget, but if you choose your restaurants wisely, you can enjoy memorable meals without spending a ton of cash. These fifteen restaurants throughout Brooklyn are some of the best eats you'll find in town, and they're also extremely economical. If you're looking for some fare that's under fifteen bucks, we've got your covered. From ethnic eats to neighborhood favorites, feast at these spots while you explore Brooklyn.

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    Mimi's Hummus
    ••• Mimi's Hummus

    The intoxicating aroma of spices envelops you as you enter Mimi's Hummus. The cozy restaurant is a must-visit for hummus lovers and fans of Mediterranean cuisine. They have different variations of hummus ($9) that are the perfect size for sharing, making it a real bargain. If you stop in for breakfast, definitely order the Shakshuka ($12), the famous Israeli breakfast dish.

    Mimi's Hummus is located on Ditmas Park’s bustling main street, Cortelyou Road. After you’ve filled up on the best hummus in NYC, make time for a stroll around this scenic neighborhood lined with impressive unique Victorian homes. After a few blocks, on your DIY architectural tour, you might forget you’re in NYC.

     

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    Tacos El Broncos
    ••• Alison Lowenstein

    In a city where you can spend twenty bucks on a bland brunch entrée, you will be pleased to find Tacos el Bronco. At this low key Mexican restaurant, you can score a tasty plate of Huevos Rancheros for $7. You can also indulge with an array of tacos, ranging from $1.50 to $2.50. You won’t sacrifice taste for price either, making it an unbelievable find. Don’t forget to order a horchata; it’s only two bucks.

    Tacos el Bronco is a short walk from the increasingly trendy Industrial City complex in Sunset Park. This old school restaurant, with a massive mural of horses frolicking in a field painted on the wall, is unassuming and authentic.

     

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    Cafe at Fairway
    ••• Alison Lowenstein

    The no-frills café located in the famed Fairway supermarket has familiar comfort food favorites including grilled cheese ($3.99), burgers ($6.99), and hotdogs, and also might have some of the best views in NYC.  An added plus: you can score a lobster roll for under ten bucks.

    You can’t beat the priceless views of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. If you’re looking for a waterside dining experience that doesn’t break the bank, you must dine at the Fairway Café. Once you've finished your meal, spend time exploring the arty industrial neighborhood, filled with galleries, distilleries, a chocolate factory, shops and restaurants. You can also hop on the nearby ferry at Ikea or the cruise terminal and make your way toward Manhattan.

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    soup dumpings
    ••• Yaso Tangbao

    It’s hard to find a meal over fifteen dollars at Yaso Tangbao. Devour fresh and tasty Shanghai Street food at this local favorite. Order your soup dumplings (around $5) and noodles at the counter and take your seat at one of the many communal tables as you dine on an assortment of great eats.

    The casual spot in the heart of downtown Brooklyn is near most subway lines. It's an ideal stop if you’re shopping in the area. It’s also just a short walk to Brooklyn Heights and the New York Transit Museum.

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    Tofu Bowl
    ••• Food Sermon

    This counter service restaurant, known for their motto, “We Believe in You,” serves tasty Caribbean inspired cuisine. Here, St. Vincent and the Grenadines native Chef Rawlston Williams serves up island-inspired bowls, with toppings like jerk chicken ($13) or braised lamb, all over rice and beans. 

    The Food Sermon, on Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights, is less than a fifteen-minute walk to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and The Brooklyn Museum. The restaurant isn’t open on Saturdays and closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays.

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    Greenpoint might be teeming with artisanal eats, but if you want great food at a reasonable price without sacrificing taste, you should dine at Pyza. Get your fill of pierogies ($7.50), borscht ($4) and potato pancakes ($7) while you watch Polish shows on TV at this local favorite. You’ll have enough money left over to walk down Manhattan Avenue and pick up a donut from Peter Pan Donuts.

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    Hanco's
    ••• Hanco's

    Hanco's is a popular counter service Vietnamese restaurant that offers classic banh mi sandwiches, soups, rice dishes and bubble teas. With locations throughout Brooklyn—including one on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, just steps from the iconic Brooklyn Heights Promenade—this small local chain is a favorite.

    Order from the counter and dine at the restaurant or order your food to go and head to a bench on the promenade overlooking lower Manhattan. Everything on the menu is under fifteen dollars. Highlights include a Grilled Pork Sandwich ($7.25) and Summer Rolls ($5.25). There are also a few veggie options.

     

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    If you never thought hot dogs were cool, a trip to this hip hot dog restaurant in Williamsburg will change your mind. With a quirky “Eat Me” sign above the doorway, you can’t helped but be charmed by Crif Dogs. If you’re a vegetarian, don’t worry; they have veggie dogs and lots of veggie toppings.

    Centrally located in the heart of Williamsburg, this small hot dog restaurant was also in the season finale of Girls. Just a few blocks from the L train, be sure to make time to explore the many shops and galleries in the area.

    Try a Crif Dog ($3.95) and Veggie Dog ($4.50), and you’ll have enough left in your budget to order toppings and a side of tater tots (you must!). 

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    ••• Sincerely Burger

    Sincerely Burger, known for its boozy milkshakes, also has a burger and beer special for ten bucks and a noteworthy bottomless brunch ($12.95). Take a seat on the lovely patio and people watch in the atmospheric restaurant/cocktail bar.

    You build your own burger here, from $8. From 5-8pm you can get a classic burger with a Coors Banquet beer for $10.  Sides, which range from fries to broccoli rabe, are under four dollars.

    Housed in the former location of Dear Bushwick, a neighborhood favorite (it has the same owners), Sincerely Burger is off of Flushing Avenue in Bushwick.

     

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    Dub Pies
    ••• Dub Pies

    This New Zealand inspired pie shop has a menu of savory pies. From breakfast pies with egg and cheese to the famed mince pie, you will not be disappointed at Dub Pies. If you’re not a fan of savory pies, don’t worry—they also sell apple pies. Most pies are under $7 including a Mince Pie ($6.25), Curry Vegetarian ($6.50), and Egg and Cheese ($5).

    Head to the location on Prospect Park South in Windsor Terrace, a charming residential section of Brooklyn that lines Prospect Park. Order your pies to go and have a picnic in neighboring scenic Prospect Park.

     

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    You’ll have your pick of inexpensive eats at this foodie favorite food court attached to the Fei Long Supermarket. With nine choices including the popular Shanghai Dumpling House and Sakura known for its teriyaki; you can feast on a variety of Asian specialties at the food court. Grab a seat as you dine on noodles, rice dishes, soup dumplings ($4.75). If you’re a fan of food courts, this is just one of many stellar food courts in Brooklyn

    This food court is deep into Brooklyn, but worth the trip. An added plus, they have a parking lot (it's five bucks for an hour). If you take the train, spend the afternoon strolling down vibrant Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park's Chinatown.

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    Falafel Bros
    ••• Falafel Bros

    This casual falafel joint, which opened in 2015, offers a unique twist on the ubiquitous falafel sandwich by offering five different falafel flavors--earthy/original, green/parsley cilantro, harissa/Tunisian spices mild-spicy, black olive spread, and lemon. The menu doesn’t have anything over fifteen bucks, but favorites include the Falafel Sandwich ($7), Israeli Salad ($4.50).

    Falafel Bros is on Fulton Avenue right near BAM. If you’re heading to see a movie or show, this is a great place to grab a meal.

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    V Spot
    ••• V Spot

    For over a decade, vegans have been flocking to this veggie favorite that opened in 2006 in Park Slope. V-Spot is known for its traditional Colombian dishes with a vegan twist. In recent years they’ve added two locations in Manhattan. It's also kosher and has tons of gluten free options. Arepas start at $4. Tostadas at $6, and all burgers and wraps are under $15. 

    The restaurant is near the Barclays Center, making it the perfect place for a pre-event meal. Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue is a lively street with numerous boutiques, cafes and bars.

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    L & B Spumoni Gardens
    ••• L & B Spumoni Gardens

    L & B Spumoni Gardens also made our list of the "Best Slices in Brooklyn." Once you've tasted the square slice ($2.75), a divine mixture of doughy, airy, and cheesy, you'll understand why people trek all the way to Bensonhurst/Dyker Heights to eat one of these iconic slices. Don't forget a scoop of spumoni.

    This place is quite far from Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn, but it's worth the trip. If you're looking to pair it with a visit to the beach, it's not far from Coney Island. There's a parking lot but it gets very crowded and you might have to wait for a spot.

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    Kashkar Cafe
    ••• Kashkar Cafe

    Decked out with décor from Uzbekistan, fans of Uzbek and Uyghur cuisine and adventurous meat lovers, will relish a meal of lamb kebabs ($4), lagman soup ($6.99), and other ethnic specialties.

    Kashkar Café, located in the heart of Brighton Beach on Brighton Beach Avenue is a destination itself. However, you should set aside some time to peruse this vibrant Russian neighborhood. If you do, check out this guide to the area.