It's tough finding food that's cheap and tasty -- but won't lead you towards a ghastly, "Oregon Trail"-like demise. Here as the Sacagawea for your snacky explorations: cheapassfood.com
CAF's a new, blogish site that covers NYC's best beggarly-priced eats, eschewing snooty Epicurean-speak for a certain down-home bonhomie, e.g.: "this site is for anyone who loves food and doesn't give a sh*t about being proper". The founders celebrate low-priced, low-agita eats in all their wondrous forms, from 99-cent pizza in Midtown and Japanese fried chicken in Chelsea, to the Korean delight known as Soondae -- like a Sundae, except it's made from pig's blood. Visitors can post their own finds (w/ pics) and leave helpful commentary; the posts appear immediately and without moderation, which allows for brutally honest appraisals -- and, for one single white foodie, the opportunity for weird, comestible come-ons ("Me: the Spicy Pork Sandwich, You: the Angus Beef Burger").
Bonus cheapassery: Every month the site's founders will select one lucky contributor for their signature Cheap Ass Foodie Blind Date, treating them to dinner at their hovel of choice -- $4 of munificence that'll ensure you don't die of dysentery, though Billy's snakebite is another matter altogether.