Frosty Treats on the Cheap

Posted August 8, 2014 by Real Cheap Eats
Photo by Lily Chin

When the going gets hot, our food writers will lead you through the range of drinks, slushes, ice creams, and other frosty treats that New York has to offer. Whether it's Italian ices, paletas or something entirely different, prepare to be refreshed.

50 years ago to the month, Martha & The Vandellas released “Heatwave.” To mark this historic occasion, during what is (so far) the hottest week of 2013, the Real Cheap Eats food writers’ collective offers an eatwave of our own: a Summertime guide to affordable, adventurous food all across New York.

Like all of our guides to New York food, this is our way of curating an adventurous menu of international sandwiches, unique burgers, trek-worthy dumplings and ceviche from the back of a van in Inwood (you know you want to try it). Dig deeper and you’ll uncover cold noodles, from Biang! to bun, and lots of desserts—including three Italian ice stops that make you reconsider what an Italian ice can be. With plenty of hot-weather dishes and cold treats to throw some shade at the heat, these new additions to our growing cheap eats index have helped us embrace the heat like a Motown track.

Click here to see all 50 dishes (each $10 or less).

And if that’s not enough, click here to see last year’s summer edition, or check out the 122 cheap eats that started it all. We can barely believe it ourselves, but these words mark Real Cheap Eats’ two-year anniversary to the day! This insiders’ guide to New York food was born from an e-mail conversation between like-minded food bloggers, tired of seeing “cheap eats” lists that didn’t satisfy, and excited to share our field notes with New York’s hungriest.


We’ve come a long way since then, and still have a long way to go, but stick with us and we’ll continue bringing you the best cheap eats around NYC. Click here to sign up for the Real Cheap Eats mailing list, visit the Real Cheap Eats Facebook page to keep up with our ongoing stories on New York food, and follow Real Cheap Eats on Twitter to ask us questions and hear the latest in cheap eats as it breaks.

Now, get out and start noshin’ in the street!

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