Local Food on a Student Budget

Culture, Features — By on February 4, 2015 8:03 pm

If you’re new to Tech and want to grab a quick meal that won’t take a bite out of your wallet, then you have many options in the Fort Greene neighborhood. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or a full-on carnivore, there is definitely something around the Tech neighborhood for you.

If you’re craving some pizza, then you should know that some of the most heavenly slices are sold at Two Bros on DeKalb Avenue. You can get your own piece of heaven for a dollar, or two slices and a soda for $2.75. The place is usually pretty packed, so it might be a struggle to find a comfortable place to eat your pizza there. The best solution is to take a bunch of napkins and have it “to-go.”

Meanwhile, if you’re longing for some sandwiches, there is a Subway two blocks away from the school on the G train side and numerous delis located just at the edge of both corners of the school. These local delis make freshly made custom sandwiches usually just under six dollars, and the lines are typically short. But if you want to sit and enjoy your sandwich, then Subway is the best option.

If you are craving salads, then the Smoke Joint across from the G train station corner is the perfect place to sit outside on warm day, or stay toasty inside during winter months. They also serve barbecue meals, which are on the pricier side but are definitely worth a try. Another place that serves similar chopped greens is the Smoke Shop, which shares a close proximity to the Smoke Joint. There, you can find a salad bar with endless choices and expect amazing service overall.  Sometimes it’s pretty crowded, so it’s best to get there earlier or wait outside a few minutes for the place to clear out.

Keep in mind that there are many more restaurants and cafes to be explored in the rich versatile cuisine of Fort Greene, if you just know where to look. Additional favorites among students include El Toro Taqueria and National Thai on the G train side, and Smashburger and Junior’s toward the Dekalb Avenue line. Although they may cost a bit more than what’s listed above, they are perfect places to sit down and eat with a group of friends on a Friday to celebrate the end of a long week. It doesn’t matter if you end eighth, ninth, or tenth period – if you’re hungry and want to support local neighborhood businesses, you don’t need to be burning through your lunch money to get something to eat.

Bon appetit!