Mama's Food Shop

Price guide: Budget

200 East 3rd Street, New York City, New York, 10009

Price guide: Budget

Mama's Food Shop

By Shandana A. Durrani, your New York City expert

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#42 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Mature travellers, Singles, No fuss, Relaxation

Best for Dining alone - Expert review of Mama's Food Shop

Home cooking in the East Village since 1995.

Since 1995, Mama's Food Shop has been an East Village staple, locals head here for hearty American home cooking. Think collard greens and fried chicken. It's buffet style, which allows the owners to keep the prices low. This is one of my favorite spots in the East Village for its no-nonsense good food and unpretentious vibe. 

Food and drink: 

Hearty and filling. I don't know if anything is free-range or locally sourced but the food tastes like it is. The portions are substantial and you'll definitely fill up on good food and drink. 

Recommended dishes: 

Mama's is known for its fried chicken and it earns every accolade. Every meat main dish comes with one side. During the winter, I like the butternut squash. During summer months, I'll opt for the roasted beets and apples. 

Ambience: 

This is an uber casual place. You head to the counter to order, there's no waiter service. It gets a lot of student and 20-something diners.

Service: 

Since its buffet-service, you order at the counter. It's obviously fast. It also saves you money on a tip. 

Location: 

In Alphabet City in the East Village, on the border of the Lower East Side. 

Price advice: 

Dinner for two will only set you back about $25 - it's a steal. Brunch is $13 per person.

More information on Mama's Food Shop:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
American
Address:
200 East 3rd Street, New York City, New York, 10009
Telephone:
212-777-4425
Website:
http://www.mamasfoodshop.com
Serves:
Brunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat-Sun noon-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
home cooking

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