Eating cheap in 2012

The Meatball Shop’s Naked Balls meal is four meatballs served with your choice of sauce for $7.

Metro’s picks for the city’s best new cheap bites.  Affordable farm-to-table and Italian specialties. Drink like a rock star on an open-mic budget.

basik

Basikbrooklyn.com
323 Graham Ave.
347-889-7597

Previously Phoebe’s, East Williamsburg locals have embraced basik’s civilized bar food since it opened last December. Start with a tangle of boquerones (white anchovies) sprinkled with lemon and parsley, or the deviled duck eggs. To drink, try a Poppa’s Pride, a mix of bourbon, ginger and lemon, conceived when Arcade Fire singer Win Butler asked bartender Jay Zimmerman to “make me a drink that my grandfather would be proud of.” Butler ordered four that night.

Generous small plates $2-$6, sandwiches $4-$8

The Meatball Shop

Themeatballshop.com

West Village
64 Greenwich Ave.
212-982-7815

Lower East Side
84 Stanton St.
212-982-8895

Williamsburg
170 Bedford Ave.
718-551-0520

We’re not sure if the mark of a good meatball shop is its beef or its vegetarian ball, but The Meatball Shop excels at both. The premise is simple: your choice of meatball and sauce, served on a roll, over greens or “naked.” For dessert, it’s house-made ice cream sandwiched between two homemade cookies. Shops have popped up in the West Village and Lower East Side, and the new Williamsburg location includes a cozy bar.

Sliders $3, naked $7, on a hero or over salad $9, ice cream sandwiches $5

Parm


Parmnyc.com

248 Mulberry St.
212-993-7189

Can’t get a reservation at Torrisi Italian Specialties? Try the girl next door. Parm, the casual wing of the Little Italy classic offers most of Torrisi’s dishes (including the famous house-roasted turkey) as a slider, on a long roll or as a platter with baked ziti or salad. And as long as you promise to try the roasted brussels sprouts, you can order the B&G poppers: deep-fried pickled peppers stuffed with rice and provolone.

Breads and vegetable sides $5 each, rolls $8, heroes $11, platters $15

61 Local

61 Bergen St.
347-763-6624

Cobble Hill’s 61 Local brings it all back home by serving only locally crafted food, beer and wine at reasonable prices. “By working directly with producers we are able to get the best possible prices for the highest quality products,” says general manager Chris Munsey. Share a plate of cured meats or try the Vermont Smokehouse Toast: smoked ricotta on focaccia topped with maple syrup.

Small plates $1-$7, sharing plates $12-$14, sandwiches and toasts $6-$8



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…