$1 Food Takes Over
Today New York Times writer Manny Fernandez wrote about the 99-cent pizza craze that has been spreading across Manhattan. But, he isn’t the first one to note cheap, $1 and under food. About a year ago, I did a round up for Serious Eats that included pork buns, noodles, and sticks of meat from Flushing, Queens’ Chinatown; $1 falafel sandwiches; cheap sushi; and 39 cents an ounce frozen yogurt. Josh Bernstein has also been rounding up cheap eats by neighborhood for Metromix. He recently stumbled on the Hell’s Kitchen area and talked about the same pizza Fernandez did in his article.
What’s up with this craze? Is 99-cent pizza worth it? Adam Kuban of Slice didn’t say in his cheap pizza battle last year, but he also didn’t say he really liked either pie. Some things I think work well as $1 items, like ices on the street in the summer, hot dogs, and French fries. But overall, I would rather pay $2 for a really good slice, then bother with a kind of gross one for less.