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Try This Trick! The Best Apps for Finding Cheap Eats in NYC

Guest Post by Jane Johnson,  staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, reviews and more.

New York! The Big Apple! The city that never sleeps! And, in my opinion, the city where you can get a fabulous meal for a bargain price! Sure, New York is known for its high-priced, swanky restaurants. However, it’s also the city where you can get a hearty meal for a good price—if you know where to look.

The good news is that there are thousands of apps to lead your nose in the right direction—to the most delicious and cheapest chow in town. You’ll never believe the great meals you can enjoy if you’re willing to try something different—spicy Ethiopian, sizzling Cuban, or comfort Italian. Now, wipe that drool off your chin and check out the following apps that will help you find the best cheap eats in NYC…

1. BlackboardEats (Free – for iPhone)

The BlackboardEats app is great for discovering those hidden culinary gems in NYC, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. This app serves up a delectable array of little-known food hot spots near you. The app features reviews from professional food editors, as well as the very best food deals in town. In addition to almost 30% off featured dining options, the app also features specific restaurant deals (i.e., complimentary nachos with meal purchase) as well as combination entertainment deals (i.e., including dinner and a show) at “can’t believe” bargain prices.

2. NYC Cheap Eats ($2.99 – for iPhone)

Specific to the Big Apple; the NYC Cheap Eats app features over 200 of the best and most reasonably priced dining options. You’ll discover bargains for 5-star restaurants, food trucks, mom and pop diners, and even ethnic treats to wet your whistle. Plus, meals for every occasion at bargain prices, including options for under $10 for a delicious Maine lobster roll, fresh key lime pie, and the ultimate sweet ice cream sandwich.

3. Scoutmob (Free – for Android and iPhone)

For the frugal NYC foodie, Scoutmob offers delicious 50% off deals on restaurants in the Big Apple (as well as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.). Not only that, the content on this app is humorous, well written, and insightful. You’ll get honest, comical takes on the food and the deals that restaurants are offering, plus, the app even features the rare 100% off food deals.  How’s that for delicious? Although I love this app, there are many users with Android powered T-Mobile LG phones reporting that the app is unresponsive and causes a force close prompt.

4. Tweat.it (Free – for iPhone)

I’m a sucker for food trucks! Sometimes the best meals come from the trailer with 4-wheels. If you believe that too, then the Tweat.it app is perfect for you! Just pinpoint your location using the app, and the GPS system will located the nearest food trucks –plus the current discounts and daily specials they are offering today’s customers.  How’s that for getting your real-time snack on? All GPS tracking is delivered via interactive maps of Manhattan, and your nearest food trucks appear as square icons so you can easily find them and squash your hunger fast!

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