The 2010 Cheap List; Where Chefs Eat in the Neighborhood


In the magazine this week, we turn our attention to all things cheap. Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld provide this year’s definitive rundown of inexpensive eating with “The Cheap List,” which runs from the fresh tortillas at Tortilleria Nixtamal to a smoked brisket and smoked Cheddar sandwich at Fatty ‘Cue. Marcus Samuelsson, Sara Jenkins, and two other chefs take us on tours of the cheap-eats gems in their neighborhoods.

Small foods are also cheap, and Rob and Robin found several examples of big flavors in miniature, including a snack-size lobster roll and a Neapolitan pizzeta. Grub Street’s editors selected our 25 favorite food trucks from the dozens that now roll throughout the city. Finally, it’s been a good time for meatballs — here’s where to find the year’s best in slider, stick, or sandwich form.

In not cheap, but still good eats, Brooklyn Fare expands its seating capacity from twelve diners to eighteen. And Jonathan Van Meter explores how New York’s nightlife culture is now a product of its swanky, quirky hotels.