Like the title says looking for the best cheap dive places as we enjoy simple pleasures - good food (street, bar, ethnic, fair/festival, etc), cold Bud Light, and friendly people. We are definitely not foodies or cool hipsters and have no interest in a five star, white table cloth "experience."
Right now our stops will be including Rudy's, Wharf Bar and Grill, and McSorley's. We'll also be visiting the Hell's Kitchen area and trying some of Ziggy's suggestions (Empanada Mama, Tehuitzingo, Pure Thai, and maybe Mercato). We will also have some of the obligatory stops at Katz's (splitting a pastrami sammy), Crif Dogs, Papya King, Junior's (cheesecake only) and some of the Pizzerias.
Looking for any other suggestions and a place or three up in the Bronx for pre and post the September 2nd Yankee game. Would also appreciate a few Brooklyn suggestions as that will be home base for 6 nights.