MoHi's tastiest and cheapest restaurant meals

When you’re a college student ballin’ on a budget, it’s easy to feel like all of the city’s delicious food is juuuust out of reach (and mostly out of your price range).


While Ferris’s rubber chicken sometimes seems like the only wallet-friendly option, there are actually a number of alternatives around Morningside Heights that won’t completely demolish your Mel’s Haymaker fund for the weekend.

So if you can’t stand one more infuriating minute of microwaving your instant mac’n’cheese or mushy oatmeal, consider checking out one of these ~affordable~ (and tasty af) substitutes.


1. Nussbaum & Wu's breakfast specials for approx. $5

113th and Broadway 

When? 6 a.m. - 11 a.m., Monday - Friday

What? Choose from a list of bagel/coffee/muffin/egg combos, many of which are under $5

Spectrum recommends: Small coffee and a bagel egg sandwich for $5.25

2. Thai Market's lunch special for $9

108th and Amsterdam Ave 

When? 11:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Every day

What? Choose an appetizer and a main course

Spectrum recommends: Steamed Thai dumplings and some good ol’ chicken pad thai for $9

3. Vine Sushi for approx. $7

116th and Broadway 

When? Always

What? Many of their simple rolls are around $5

Spectrum recommends: A California roll for $4.50 and a cup of miso soup for $1.95

4. Bernheim and Schwartz's happy hour for approx. $2

116th and Broadway 

When? 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. - close, Monday - Friday

What? Of course drink discounts are available for those 21+, but there’re also some yummy and inexpensive noms to calm your hanger

Spectrum recommends: Pulled pork sliders for $2

5. Halal carts (prices vary; ca$h only)

Located all around Morningside; check out the one in front of Morton Williams and Schapiro—they might give you free fries

When? Always

What? Basically everything from the carts will be cheap and addictively good

Spectrum recommends: Chicken gyros for approximately $4, depending on the cart

6. The Heights Bar & Grill's lunch special for $9.95

112th and Broadway 

When? 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday

What? Choose from their lunch menu of burgers, salads, burritos, and more

Spectrum recommends: The Heights Burrito plus a drink for $9.95

We’re not saying that you should eat all of these on same day… But we’re also not saying that you shouldn’t. Happy eating (and saving), Columbia!

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Cassandra Fernandes is a sophomore at Columbia College and a Spectrum staff writer. She enjoys Thai tea and Spongebob memes. You can reach her at, or follow her foodstagram @hotandhangrynyc.

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