Cheap Eat of the Week: La Crosta

By Jewelle Trotman

As a college student in NYC, having a cheap food connoisseur is essential. We all want to save money, but why sacrifice a good meal? I’m here to let you know that you’ve got options! From deals to discounts, I’ve got you covered.

Ask anyone about their favorite type of food, there’s a good chance it will be Italian. What’s not to like? Pasta is simple to prepare and delicious to eat. Pizza is usually inexpensive and filling. There’s just something about tomato-y foods that keep people coming back.

I’ve been craving Penne alla Vodka for quite some time now. The dish can go up to an average of about $20. As a super saver, I refuse to pay that much for pasta. After hunting for some fair priced food, I came across La Crosta. Finding a place that offers Penne alla Vodka for just under $10 was such a relief. I look for restaurants where I can satisfy my empty belly and still keep my wallet pretty full. The reviews on Google weren’t great, but that wasn’t going to keep me away. La Crosta seemed to fit my criteria so I planned my trip.


During my journey to the Upper East Side, my mouth watered in anticipation of my pasta. I walked into a medium sized rustic-style restaurant; there was hardwood everything. It was a very traditional looking Italian eatery with low lights. They had delicious looking pizza on display, which was tempting, but I was there for pasta. I placed my order and took a seat.

My food took about 10 minutes to come. As I waited, I observed the cool artwork on the walls and listened to the radio that was playing. The employee brought out a pretty plate of pasta and nice warm bread to go with it. I was so excited to destroy my plate, but it didn’t rise to my expectations when it came to the sauce.

With Penne alla Vodka, the sauce is everything – but this one was watered down compared to the usual creaminess. Whoever made it was way too generous with the garlic seasoning, too. However, the penne was a nice texture: firm, yet soft and chewy. The bread was also soft, it had a nice glaze which made it slightly sweet. My bread ended up being my favorite part of the meal. The taste was okay, but at least it was filling. Only half of my food was gone and I was completely full. Maybe I should’ve had the pizza…

I rate this dish 2.8/5

Check back in the fall for the continuation of Cheap Eat of the Week!

*Until then, email me at to send some suggestions for next semester!

La Crosta

436 E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

Subway- Q (~4 min. walk)

(Between York and 1st Ave)

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