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Paula's Soul Cafe

New York
$$$$
Paula's Soul Cafe

746 E 233rd St

Bronx, NY 10466

This tiny counter-service joint in the Bronx should be your new go-to for hearty comfort food on the cheap. Don't expect much in ambiance, but what Paula's lacks in decor, it makes up for in large portions and charm. While the journey to Paula's no trip around the corner, the buttermilk fried chicken is worth the trek alone. Other menu items (beef short ribs, fried whiting sandwiches, and BBQ chicken) are equally satisfying.