Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Washington Square

by Jonathan Zeller, Christina Parrella and Jonathan Durbin, 10/02/2013

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  • Cheap Eats
    New York City is chock-full of affordable meals, but the Village may have more such options than any other neighborhood. Vegetarians—and plenty of others, rest assured—love Mamoun's, late-night purveyor of falafel sandwiches. Even if the line is out the door, you won't wait more than a couple of minutes; they keep things moving. Gray's Papaya, meanwhile, slings hot dogs round the clock. You probably don't want to know what, exactly, is in those franks and papaya beverages, but they're filling and wallet friendly. Joe's Pizza peddles one of New York City's definitive street slices and is also open 24 hours a day. Ben's Pizzeria isn't as renowned, but it's the place where Louis C.K. grabs his slice during the credits of Louie. Peanut Butter & Co. offers creative takes on sandwiches featuring the dorm-room staple that gives the place its name, while Molly's Cupcakes is a fine place to cap off a budget date night with cheap desserts—especially since the staff doesn't mind if you linger and play Connect Four, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit or any other board games available on premises.

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