Photo Credit: Dig Inn
Inexpensive AND healthy? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. A great thing about New York is there are so many health conscious places to eat, the downside is, they often come at a price. I don’t know about you but a $20 lunch is a little cray. So all in favor of not having to sacrifice health for cheap prices, say “I” and check out some budget friendly lunch options!
With 5 locations in the city, Dig Inn has quickly democratized the farm-to-table movement by offering ridiculously good food at a reasonable price. Many of their ingredients are sourced locally to ensure freshness and the best tasting food possible. Their beliefs that “everyone deserves to eat well,” led the New York based restaurant to challenge the synonymity often linked between high prices and healthy food. Dig Inn has indeed revolutionized the idea of “healthy fast food.”
Get the: small plate which ranges from $8-$10. You choose 1 meat and 2 sides on a bed of grains or greens or 4 sides (no meat) on a bed of grains or greens. Be forewarned, things move quick here. With over 10 different side options, both hot and cold and changing seasonally, it’s best to read the menu in advance, unless you want to be the one holding up the line. There’s also free sauce options too. Try the roasted red pepper!
Popular for their “roast bowls,” rotisserie style cooked meats over a bed of greens or grain, Roast Kitchen offers fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients in both hot & cold “chef’s roast bowls” and “BYO” bowls, build your own. One of my favorite hot “chef bowls” is the “chorizo bowl,” baby spinach, basmati rice, smoky spicy chorizo, garlic, and salsa verde sauce. For the spicy lovers, the chorizo adds just enough kick to the dish without overpowering the over flavors.
Get the: hot bowls & fresh bowls. All are under $10 w/o an added meat option. If you don’t want to go the veggie route but want to stay within your $10 budget, try the chorizo bowl. which already comes with sausage for $8.50. Deal.
A great option when you’ve been around the Chipotle circle one too many times. Created by West Coast Coast bred brothers Leo & Oliver Kremer in 2009, Dos Toros Union Square location was the first out of now 7 Dos Toros around the city. Growing up on a heavily filled burrito diet, the brothers wanted to build a burrito joint that had the familiar tastes they were used to. Don’t get me wrong, Chipotle is good but Dos Toros somehow just tastes a bit more authentic. With a similar menu as Chipotle, Dos Toros too offers the cult favorites, quesadillas, tacos, and and of course burritos.
Get the: burrito bowl, pollo asado or the basic for under $10. Add guacamole for just .92. That’s what I’m talking about.