The Best Cheap Italian Food in NYC || 5 Buck Lunch


It’s time for Italian! New York is known for its awesome Italian food, but it’s often pricey. Have no fear, my hungry little lunch lurkers, we’ve got you covered. We are presenting a true gem of an Italian restaurant that is sure to satisfy your tummies and piggy banks. This restaurant features next-level, mind-blowing deliciousness that is actually affordable. Join host Cody Reiss as he takes us to the dankest Italian spot in the East Village for the cheapest lunch our ducats can buy. We’re going to Gaia Italian Cafè! They are serving up some of the tastiest paninis in NYC and we’re showing you why. That is, after all, why Thrillist is your go-to, be-all and end-all for food recommendations. You know the rules: We’ve only got $5, so we need to make every penny count… and we’ve definitely got you covered.

Thrillist is bringing back its popular cheap-eats show, but bigger and better than ever with three new hosts. Every week, we’ll explore all the best places to eat (that actually taste good) for under $5, and not a penny more. This season, we’re taking it beyond just New York City and traveling to Washington, DC and the San Francisco Bay Area to show you where to get the best bang for your buck. So if you need a break from the expensive, the chains, or you’re just looking for new places to try in your city, this is the show for you. Welcome to “5 Buck Lunch.”

Cody Reiss is a Brooklyn-based food writer, comedian, and actor making video and written projects at the intersection of food and comedy. Over the past decade, he has traveled to over 35 countries and all over the US, working as a cook, farmer, cheese maker, and cheese monger. He’s tried over 400 cheeses and his favorite fruit is the fig.


Cody Reiss

Marvin Mack

Camera Operator
Gunsel Pehlivan

Audio Operator
Sam Beneitone

Production Assistants
Chanel Baker
Shepherd Overcash

Production Coordinator
Myra Rivera

Gunsel Pehlivan
Ede Bell Crowder

Design Director
Ted McGrath

Fredy Delgado

Senior Producer
Lauren Brenner

Line Producer
Emily Tufaro

Post-Production Supervisor
Dan Byrne

Supervising Producer
Stasia Jones

Executive Producer
Justin Lundstrom

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