Best Cheap Food in the West Village

Wallet-friendly options
March 6, 2017
by Zagat Staff

The West Village may be better known for its pricier restaurants, but there are still plenty of cheap bites to be found there. We've rounded up some of the best.

Middle Eastern · West Village · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.5

“Fresh and fabulous” falafel is “the really real thing” at chef Einat Admony’s “hole-in-the-wall” Israeli joints, where “glorious” eats at “gentle prices” are “a vegetarian’s dream come true” ; they’re both “fast” and “satisfying” , though the West Village original’s “vest-pocket” space means it’s “best to take away.”
Dos Toros Taqueria
Mexican · West Village · $
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.5

“When you’re hankering” for a “fast and filling” Mexican fix, these “simple” taquerias “get the job done” slinging “muy bueno” Bay Area–style tacos and burritos “for a bargain price” ; given “bare-bones” digs with a “shortage of seating” , they may be “better for takeout.”
The Meatball Shop
Italian · West Village · $
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.”
Moustache Pitza
Middle Eastern · West Village · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

“Straightforward” , “delicious” Middle Eastern staples come at a “low price” at this “popular” Village place; service is “nonchalant” and the “no-decor” setup tilts “tiny and cramped” , but the minute that “just-baked pita” arrives, “all is forgiven.”
Westville West
American · West Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

Popular with “young 20s and 30s” , these “local hangouts” dish out “New Wave” American “diner food” with an emphasis on “heavenly” market-fresh veggies that make them a “vegetarian’s paradise” ; they’re often “crowded” with “elbow-to-elbow” seating, but “value” prices keep the appeal high.
Joe's Pizza
Pizza · West Village · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.5

“Iconic for a reason” , this local chain delivers “reliably excellent” “old-school” slices “straight from the oven” ; “divey” surroundings and “stand-up” tables mean many take it “on the go” , but when you want “classic NY pizza” , it’s “still one of the best.”