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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: No student discounts whatsoever. They are your average restaurants and stores. Since it is Harlem, the dining options can be diverse.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its pretty good. Some local bars may have discounts for students. But, there isn't much as of now. The delis and the Halal Cart are pretty popular and with $5 you can grab a decent lunch. Theres some new restaurants that opened near by. They are a little more expensive than the other food spots but are worth the price. Something nice to have around campus doesn't hurt.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: My mom's food is better

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I like the array of different places around campus to eat at. If you know where to look you can find some amazing cuisine.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is close by, whether you'r in the mood for chinese, spanish food, subways, mcdonalds, etc. Everything is literally walking distance. If you have an unlimited metro card and don't feel like walking, the bus can be easily taken to wherever you need to go.

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Off-campus dining in New York is like a little adventure every day. There are tons of restaurant options to choose from with tons of menu options at varied prices. Where City is located, there's a wide variety of cheap Chinese and Dominican restaurants alongside a small selection of Italian, Greek, Latino, and fast food restaurants. Picante, a restaurant known for its cheap meals, is close to City. Amsterdam Avenue, also located close to City, has an assortment of cafés and small food shops, but for anything fancier, going below 125th Street would be a better option. 

Below 125th, the options are exceptionally better and more diverse. Pret A Manger is an excellent place to go for fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. This chain can be found throughout Manhattan, and the pricing is pretty reasonable. Guantanamera is a popular Cuban restaurant with an excellent menu, and you'll even get complementary hand-rolled cigars as gifts. Near Columbia University there are some neat places to dine, such as Le Monde, Max Caffé, and Massawa. Prices vary throughout the city, so it's a wise idea to have a budget beforehand, otherwise you may end up spending more than you want. Cafés, restaurants, and diners are always sprouting around the city, so don't head to the same spot every day. Go out looking for something new, rare, and delicious.

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
  • Grand Sichuan
  • West Place
Best Breakfast
  • Bubby's Pie Company
  • Sarabeth's Kitchen
Best Healthy
  • Pret A Manger
  • Subway
Best Pizza
  • Lombardi's Pizza
  • Patsy's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • La Pregunta
  • Union Square Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Collegiate Diner
  • Subway

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Blondies Original Buffalo Wings
Food: Wings
212 W 79th St.
(212) 362-3311
Bubby's Restaurant Bar-Bakery
Food: American
120 Hudson St.
(212) 219-0666
Grand Sichuan International Eastern Inc.
Food: Chinese
1049 2nd Ave.
(212) 355-5855
La Pregunta Arts Cafe
1528 Amsterdam Ave. #1
(347) 591-6387
Lombardi's Pizza
Food: Pizza
32 Spring St.
(212) 941-7994
Nadal One Deli
Food: Sandwiches
3381 Broadway
(212) 491-1733
Patsy's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
2287 1st Ave.
(212) 534-9783
3424 Broadway
(212) 234-6479
Pret A Manger
Food: Deli
400 Park Ave.
(212) 207-3725
Sarabeth's Kitchen
Food: Breakfast, American
1295 Madison Ave.
(212) 410-7335
Union Square Café
Food: American, Italian, seaonal
21 E 16th St.
(212) 243-4020
West Place
Food: Chinese
1288 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 932-9390

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 145 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 148 responses

  • 36% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 19% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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