Cheap Food Near Museum Mile

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Best affordable restaurants near Museum Mile under $40. 

Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum
East 90s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Sit-down spin-offs of the LES appetizing store, these “modern” riffs on a “classic Jewish deli” serve “top-shelf” smoked fish and other “real-deal” “old-world” eats; the “spiffy” digs are often “busy” (expect waits, especially at brunch), and the certified kosher location at the Jewish Museum adds a take-out counter.
Bluestone Lane
West Village · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

Those looking “for a true Australian coffee experience” head to these Melbourne-style shops pouring “terrific espresso” , long blacks and “proper flat whites” paired with Down Under bites like “amazing avocado smash” , lamingtons and gluten-free options; weekends can mean “packed” conditions, but “good-looking” , “happy” staffers make up for it; P.S. a few locales offer table service.
El Paso Taqueria
Mexican · East 90s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Eastsiders count on these “solid” , unpretentious Uptown Mexicans for “terrific” tacos and other standards ( “try the aguas frescas” ) made “fresh” with “quality ingredients” ; “tight quarters” and “so-so” service are offset by “unbelievable-value” prices.
Shake Shack
Burger · East 80s · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.4

“Premium fast food” is the draw at this “widely syndicated” Danny Meyer chain, offering “mouthwatering” burgers, “rich shakes” and other “upgraded” eats (plus beer and wine) at a “manageable price” ; they’re “a magnet” for “legions of fans” who can create “hectic scenes” and “insane lines” , especially at the “landmark” Madison Square Park shack “where it all started.”
Breakfast · East 90s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

Breakfast and brunch “reign” at these “hugely popular” American spots, “a staple forever” for “wholesome” comfort food and baked goods served in “cheery” surrounds; they can be “fast-paced” “madhouses” by day, though dinner is “more civilized.”