After chatting with numerous folks about how many "cheap eats" lists include restaurants that aren't really cheap, I've decided to introduce two columns to KKNY: Truly Cheap Eats and Good Deals.
Truly Cheap Eats will feature places that, by definition, are cheap. For example, Fried Dumpling on Mosco Street in Chinatown sells 5 kick-ass dumplings for $1. That's cheap.
Good Deals will cover inexpensive to moderately priced restaurants that, while they might be a little bit of a splurge, are worth the money. Becco, Lidia and Joseph Bastianich's outpost on Restaurant Row, is a moderately-priced place that's a good deal. You can easily end up dropping some coin there, but between the $25-a-bottle wine list, great service, and generous portions that always result in a doggie bag (for me, anyway), the money is well spent.
(We all know the best deal is cooking a killer meal at home for friends, so I'm off to Beacon to spend the weekend playing with food. Report to come.)