There is no situation that a warm plate of fresh pasta piled high with cheese cannot improve. But sometimes, finding great pasta on a budget is difficult. Never fear — here are five pasta places near campus that will not make your wallet cry. You can either save money or use the extra cash to buy even more pasta.
117 2nd Ave.
Nested cozily on the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street and conveniently next to the Green House at Seventh Street dorm, this huge windowed eatery serves up $9 pasta and $15 pitchers of sangria. This incredible deal ensures lines of customers during busy hours, so make sure to get there early. The menu offers various pasta types and sauces to be mixed and matched, leaving limitless possibilities.
Gaia Italian Cafe
251 E. Houston St.
Immerse yourself in the Italian lifestyle with traditional sandwiches, bread, meatballs, lasagna and pastas. Each dish is fresh baked and homemade, creating pastas that average at $8 — well worth the small wait and price. Plus, the restaurant has free Wi-Fi — it is student heaven.
144 W. Houston St.
Since 1906, Raffetto’s has been serving fresh pasta at unbeatable prices. The chefs cut the pasta fresh for every order, so you can even get a custom shape. This cash-only Greenwich Village spot is a delicious hidden gem where you can even buy some of the pasta to cook at home for under $4.
Pepe Rosso To Go
149 Sullivan St. #1
With all of its pasta around $10, this West Village hole-in-the-wall makes the list with its array of flavorful Italian dishes. It is a tiny place with big portion sizes and an even bigger menu.
Lamarca Cheese Shop
161 E. 22nd St.
You cannot go wrong with any of the pastas at this wallet-friendly shop. When you walk in you can smell the incredible aroma of cheese — of which you should order extra on your pasta. Situated enviously close to Gramercy Green Residence Hall, this cash-only spot makes “fresh” its anthem with its $12 pastas. And with both a shop and a cafe, you can stay inside or take your meal to go.
Any way you cut it, these pasta places will cure your winter blues with warm, delicious and, most importantly, cheap pasta.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Nov. 6 print edition. Email Drew Lederman at [email protected]