Today marks the first in my series of year-end top lists; I'm starting with some of the city's best cheap eats. 

I'm not sure I can count the times I found myself late night standing on line at Localmotive, but trust when I say it was a lot. I usually go for the truck's classic rounders, 3 for $5, but this year I also dove into the sandwich offerings. I'll definitely revisit both the steak frites sandwich, $8.50 -- the fries are on the sandwich! -- as well as the B.E.L.T, $7.50, with its perfectly executed runny egg. 

I introduced two particular New Yorkers to El Basha this summer, and I know they've returned, a sure sign that this Lebanese spot remains one of the best reasonably priced spots in my book. The $7.99 falafel platter is my go-to. The sandwich's savory sauces and crispy falafel cakes are some of the best in the city.

Another repeat spot I went for a cheap, reliable meal this year? Dinker's. I know it's a no-brainer, but their burgers are just so good, it's got to be here. I'm a simple girl, so I go for the basic burger, $4.50, but most of my friends get the $5.95 haystack burger, which comes topped with ham, cheese and a fried egg. Dinker's also makes a great fried egg sandwich, $4.25, that's a favorite of my meatless friends. 

If you're after a lovely baked good and a lovely cup of coffee to match, get yourself to Archetype Coffee. I usually go for a cappuccino, $3.25, but if you really want to experience the shop's artistic brews, go for a pour over, $4. The shop's pastries are all made in-house now thanks to Dodo pastries, the same operation that's partnered with Ugly Duck Ramen for weekly doughnut selection. 

Coming next: An updated list of top spots west of 72nd Street.

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