Best Cheap Date Spots in NYC

May 5, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Impress for less at one of these cheap date spots in the city.

Pure Thai Cookhouse
Thai · West 50s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.8

“Taste the essence of Thailand” at this “hole-in-the-wall” Hell’s Kitchen Thai that “stands out” thanks to the “bold flavors” of its “excellent noodle dishes” and other “cheap” eats; the only downside is a “shoebox” space with “backless stools” that’s “always packed.”
Mimi's Hummus
Middle Eastern · Ditmas Park · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

“Who knew hummus could be so extravagant?” say fans who “dream” of the namesake dish at these “cozy” nooks that “keep it simple” with Middle Eastern small plates, bowls and sweets, plus beer and wine; “reasonable” prices are the icing on the cake, though “tiny” digs mean many opt for “takeout.”
Song
Thai · Park Slope · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.9

Park Slopers sing the praises of this “family-friendly” Joya sibling, where the “reliable” Thai dishes are both “inexpensive” and “generously portioned” ; if the high “volume of music and chatter” inside rankles, there's always the “rear garden.”
Nyonya
Asian · Bath Beach · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.5

When you crave “exotic flavors” , these “favorite” Malaysians fill the bill with “generous” servings of “delicious” standards at “ridiculously good” rates (just “bring cash” ); “assembly-line” service and “packed” , “no-frills” quarters are part of the experience.
Café Habana
Mexican · NoLita · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

“Must-have” grilled corn, “addicting” Cuban sandwiches and “strong” margaritas are highlights on the “tasty, affordable” menu at these “buzzy” Cuban-Mexican kitchens with sister to-go outlets; the “tiny” “dinerlike” NoLita original is “usually packed” with a “young” crowd, while “it’s all about the garden” at the seasonal, solar-powered Fort Greene outpost.
Habana Outpost
Cuban · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

“Must-have” grilled corn, “addicting” Cuban sandwiches and “strong” margaritas are highlights on the “tasty, affordable” menu at these “buzzy” Cuban-Mexican kitchens with sister to-go outlets; the “tiny” “dinerlike” NoLita original is “usually packed” with a “young” crowd, while “it’s all about the garden” at the seasonal, solar-powered Fort Greene outpost.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Dim Sum · Chinatown · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.5

You may “need Google Maps” to find it, but it's worth seeking out this “time-warp” Chinatown vet (around since 1920) for “surprisingly good” , “real-deal” dim sum at “bargain” rates; despite a “nondescript ambiance” and “no-frills” service, it's still a “favorite” “go early or really late” to avoid a wait.
Supper
Italian · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.8

This “unpretentious” East Villager from the Frank crew is a local “favorite” for “homestyle” Northern Italian fare; despite “tight” communal tables, “long waits” and a cash-only policy, the “rustic” digs are “always bustling.”
The Meatball Shop
Brunch · East 70s · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Meatballs rule” at these sandwich shops slinging “reliable” “mix-and-match” balls (meat, chicken, veggie) paired with “lots” of sauces, plus “snappy cocktails” , “nice beers on tap” and “sinful” ice cream sandwiches; “millennials” and the stroller set keep things “boisterous” , but at least tabs are “gentle.”