Cheapeats For The Starving Student

The challenge of being a student is the ability to eat well on on a budget. Your daily menu typically consists of ramen noodles, peanut butter and pizza.

During a hot summer day in Greenwich Village – NYU town, I grabbed lunch at a neighborhood staple. Where is that you ask? Dojo.

Dojo is a veteran in Noho serving up predominantly vegetarian fare for as long as I can remember. (They do serve chicken as well) On this particular day I was hot and starving. It’s been years since I’ve dined here so I thought I’d  give it a shot.

The interior hasn’t changed a bit. Dark wood floors, bar, tables and chairs. Looking around I see a sea of NYU students, professors, workers and locals on their lunch break. Wow, this place is still jumping. I am immediately greeted by my server with a cold glass of water. Thank you…you must have been reading my mind. He hands me my menu and says he’ll be back.

I glance over the vast menu of vegetarian dishes including burgers, salads and platters. But don’t fret, some include chicken and turkey. I decided to go with my old reliable choice. Veggie burger platter and an iced tea.

Before I know it, my server sets down my plate. A large veggie burger over brown rice, side salad with their famous carrot ginger dressing. Memories….like the corner of my mind. I digress.

I cut into my burger and put together the perfect bite. Burger, rice, salad and dressing. Is it as good and I remember? ABSOLUTELY!!!! Before you start tuning out let me reel you back in. Their platters are so large, you can’t finish. Leftovers!!!The piece de resistance? My meal cost $4.00. You read right. A HUGE platter of food for 4 bucks!!!!!! A smile to server even got me a free iced tea too:)

Throw away those cup of noodles and head over to Dojo where you can eat well and eat healthy for pennies.

Happiness, $25 and under.

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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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