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Eat in Midtown for a Buck? Hell Yeah!

Warning!? Only the tightest of tightwads should read this post.

Of course we love to shop, but a girl’s gotta eat sometime!? You could sit down in one of the 26 seats at Masa in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.? ?There, you’d??spend 3 hours having the most extraordinary dining experience; one you will remember for a lifetime.? At the end, you’ll? plunk down a mere $300-$500.

Or not…

In a city of extremes, we’re going to the other right?here & right now.? We’re talking about eating for?one American dollar?in Midtown Manhattan. That?s right.? One dollar.

You can visit no less than 4?pizza joints where a slice ranges from?99 cents to 1 dollar.??Bros Pizza can be found at the SE corner of 40th St. & 9th Ave. and the SW corner of 38th?St. & 8th Ave.? ?Slices are $1; you can get 2 & a drink for $2.75.? They also have a location on St Mark’s Place between 2nd & 3rd Aves. in the East Village.? The Z Deli on 8th Ave. between 48th & 49th Sts. is serving up 99 cent slices, as is a no name counter on 9th Ave. at the corner of 41st St.

But I’m lactose intolerant, you say!? Then how about some chicken?? Piece of Chicken at 362 W. 45th St. in from the SE corner of 9th Ave offers real southern fried chicken for $1 a piece.? Or you can get 2 pieces and a side dish for $4.? The most expensive item on their menu is a smothered pork chop with rice?and?two greens for $6.50.

I’m a meat-n-potatoes girl, you opine!? Will ya settle for a dog-on-a-bun?? Most of the hot dog carts along 8th Ave. from about 46th St.?through the?50s sell them for $1 each during the day.

But I want more healthy fare!? Then how about?a salad?? The magic number at Stiles Farmers Markets seems to be $1.??Head of romaine lettuce or bunch of?broccoli, an avocado, or pound of tomatoes… all sell for a buck each.? You can spend $5 and make a salad for a whole group.? There are also lots of fruit for a dollar or less a pound.? Of course, prices change here, but I’ve found them consistently the lowest around.? They have 2 locations: 352 W. 52nd St., between 8th & 9th Aves. and 569 9th Ave., between 41st & 42nd Sts. (right next to the 99 cent pizza joint).

So…mangia!? And let me know how you liked your cheap eats.