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Who wants a $5 lunch?! We send our Thrillist host out in NYC to find cheap, but good dishes we can get for $5 or less. The rules: 1. Gotta be good, 2. No big chains, 3. $5 or less, and 4. Remaining balance carries over. Operation 5 Buck Lunch is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (50 episodes). The series first aired on April 6, 2018.

Operation 5 Buck Lunch is available for streaming on the Thrillist website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Operation 5 Buck Lunch on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon online.

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1 Season, 50 Episodes
April 6, 2018
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  • Momos are a delicious South Asian style of dumpling filled with all sorts of meats, vegetables, and flavorful spices. A quality momo can be hard to find, that's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're taking you down the street to Kips Bay where we find some of the best Nepali cuisines for under $5 in New York City.

  • Momos are a delicious South Asian style of dumpling filled with all sorts of meats, vegetables, and flavorful spices. A quality momo can be hard to find, that's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're taking you down the street to Kips Bay where we find some of the best Nepali cuisines for under $5 in New York City.

  • There's no arguing here: bacon is delicious. From a bacon cheeseburger to chocolate covered bacon, you can find a way to put it on almost anything. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're talking you uptown to find the best bacon lunch in New York City for under $5.

  • There's no arguing here: bacon is delicious. From a bacon cheeseburger to chocolate covered bacon, you can find a way to put it on almost anything. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're talking you uptown to find the best bacon lunch in New York City for under $5.

  • Food hybrids have been popping up all over New York City; from the cronut, a cross between a donut and a croissant, to the ramen burger, where the name says it all. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're checking out the cragel -- half croissant and half bagel, filled with all of your breakfast favorites for less than $5.

  • Food hybrids have been popping up all over New York City; from the cronut, a cross between a donut and a croissant, to the ramen burger, where the name says it all. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're checking out the cragel -- half croissant and half bagel, filled with all of your breakfast favorites for less than $5.

  • Mac n' cheese is universally loved by all; whether it's the stove top, do it yourself kind or the cheesy, melty, baked to perfection dish you grab from your favorite restaurant. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is taking you to find some of the absolute best mac n' cheese in New York City for under $5.

  • Mac n' cheese is universally loved by all; whether it's the stove top, do it yourself kind or the cheesy, melty, baked to perfection dish you grab from your favorite restaurant. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is taking you to find some of the absolute best mac n' cheese in New York City for under $5.

  • The East Village is known in New York City to be a hot spot for its wide-ranging restaurants, lively nightlife, and diverse culture. On this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're taking you to East Village, more specifically Punjabi Grocery & Deli -- a quick spot for serving some of the best Indian food in the city.

  • The East Village is known in New York City to be a hot spot for its wide-ranging restaurants, lively nightlife, and diverse culture. On this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're taking you to East Village, more specifically Punjabi Grocery & Deli -- a quick spot for serving some of the best Indian food in the city.

  • A knish is a pillow of dough filled with a mix of onions and potatoes that came to New York City with Jewish immigrants who used to sell it on the streets of Eastern Europe. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're taking you to Knish Nosh, known for having one of the best and freshest knishes in the city.

  • A knish is a pillow of dough filled with a mix of onions and potatoes that came to New York City with Jewish immigrants who used to sell it on the streets of Eastern Europe. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we're taking you to Knish Nosh, known for having one of the best and freshest knishes in the city.

  • While almost everyone knows Indian food, a lot of people are actually unfamiliar with Bengali cuisine and that it is actually a type of Indian fare. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is taking you to the East Village to check out a Bengali staple -- Kati Rolls.

  • While almost everyone knows Indian food, a lot of people are actually unfamiliar with Bengali cuisine and that it is actually a type of Indian fare. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is taking you to the East Village to check out a Bengali staple -- Kati Rolls.

  • You've asked for it, and we answered. The Pizza episode is here. Everyone has their favorite pizza joint that they swear by, but today's episode of Operation $5 Lunch takes us uptown to one of the oldest establishments in the city. We're taking a deep dive into the history of New York City's favorite food and eating pizza where the first slice was created.

  • You've asked for it, and we answered. The Pizza episode is here. Everyone has their favorite pizza joint that they swear by, but today's episode of Operation $5 Lunch takes us uptown to one of the oldest establishments in the city. We're taking a deep dive into the history of New York City's favorite food and eating pizza where the first slice was created.

  • Breakfast sandwiches aren't just for breakfast. They are perfect for anyone who is looking for a quick, easy, and delicious meal on the go. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez takes you to the Lower East Side to check out Cheeky Sandwiches -- a small sandwich shop with tons of takes on Big Easy bites.

  • Breakfast sandwiches aren't just for breakfast. They are perfect for anyone who is looking for a quick, easy, and delicious meal on the go. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez takes you to the Lower East Side to check out Cheeky Sandwiches -- a small sandwich shop with tons of takes on Big Easy bites.

  • Malaysian cuisine is colorful, flavorful, and best of all if you go to the right place -- it's cheap. That's why on this episode Operation $5 Lunch, Prez takes us to one of his favorite spots, Kopitiam, where the Malaysian food has a bit of a kick.

  • Malaysian cuisine is colorful, flavorful, and best of all if you go to the right place -- it's cheap. That's why on this episode Operation $5 Lunch, Prez takes us to one of his favorite spots, Kopitiam, where the Malaysian food has a bit of a kick.

  • In New York City, you can find a deli in every neighborhood and on almost every street corner. They provide us with a mix of drinks, groceries, and of course sandwiches. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch we head to M&O Deli to check out one of the most famous BLT sandwiches in the city.

  • In New York City, you can find a deli in every neighborhood and on almost every street corner. They provide us with a mix of drinks, groceries, and of course sandwiches. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch we head to M&O Deli to check out one of the most famous BLT sandwiches in the city.

  • You can always count on your local dive bar to have cheap eats, good beer, and to be charming in its own way. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is taking you to one of the oldest and best dive bars in NYC -- Rudy's Bar & Grill in Hell's Kitchen.

  • You can always count on your local dive bar to have cheap eats, good beer, and to be charming in its own way. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is taking you to one of the oldest and best dive bars in NYC -- Rudy's Bar & Grill in Hell's Kitchen.

  • The hot dog is an overlooked New York staple, from the dirty water dogs you find on the street to some of the establishments that were founded here in the city -- when done right, the hot dog can be a true delicacy. That's why on today's episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we sent Prez to check out Papaya King, a New York favorite since the 1930's.

  • The hot dog is an overlooked New York staple, from the dirty water dogs you find on the street to some of the establishments that were founded here in the city -- when done right, the hot dog can be a true delicacy. That's why on today's episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we sent Prez to check out Papaya King, a New York favorite since the 1930's.

  • The pizza bagel has the best of both worlds -- from the delicious doughy bagel as the crust to the delectable sauce and cheese on top. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is on a mission to find the best pizza bagel in the city that's known for both.

  • The pizza bagel has the best of both worlds -- from the delicious doughy bagel as the crust to the delectable sauce and cheese on top. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is on a mission to find the best pizza bagel in the city that's known for both.

  • Bao, or steamed buns, are a delicious meal that consists of your choice of meat sitting on a white, soft, cloud, also known as the bun. They are popular all across New York City, which is why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we sent Prez on a mission to find the best ones under $5.

  • Bao, or steamed buns, are a delicious meal that consists of your choice of meat sitting on a white, soft, cloud, also known as the bun. They are popular all across New York City, which is why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, we sent Prez on a mission to find the best ones under $5.

  • The Russian community in New York City is sizable and the cuisine is diverse since it has many influences from all across Europe. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez takes us on the most epic journey so far (3 blocks north of our office) to check out Teremok's delicious blinis.

  • The Russian community in New York City is sizable and the cuisine is diverse since it has many influences from all across Europe. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez takes us on the most epic journey so far (3 blocks north of our office) to check out Teremok's delicious blinis.

  • The falafel is a great meal for anyone who is looking for something quick and delicious. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is checking out Mamoun's Falafel -- a premier Greenwich Village spot that is a staple for staying open until 5am on the weekends, serving college students and sleepless locals alike.

  • The falafel is a great meal for anyone who is looking for something quick and delicious. That's why on this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez is checking out Mamoun's Falafel -- a premier Greenwich Village spot that is a staple for staying open until 5am on the weekends, serving college students and sleepless locals alike.

  • Everyone loves cheese -- fried cheese no less. That's why this week on Operation $5 Lunch, we sent Prez on a mission to find the best Tequenos in New York City. With only $5 to spend on lunch, Prez takes us to Patacon Pisao on the Lower East Side where they serve delicious Venezuelan fare and Tequenos that are worth the trip alone.

  • Everyone loves cheese -- fried cheese no less. That's why this week on Operation $5 Lunch, we sent Prez on a mission to find the best Tequenos in New York City. With only $5 to spend on lunch, Prez takes us to Patacon Pisao on the Lower East Side where they serve delicious Venezuelan fare and Tequenos that are worth the trip alone.

  • Prez is a cheap guy, that's good for him, but it's great for us. In his strangest mission yet, Prez is on the hunt for honey. Bringing us to the heart of New York City, where we get saucy about the Cavs getting one over on the Knicks, we get chased away by stadium security and learn that bodegas uptown are the greatest places on earth.

  • Prez is a cheap guy, that's good for him, but it's great for us. In his strangest mission yet, Prez is on the hunt for honey. Bringing us to the heart of New York City, where we get saucy about the Cavs getting one over on the Knicks, we get chased away by stadium security and learn that bodegas uptown are the greatest places on earth.

  • Chelsea has a lot of great restaurants hidden within its streets, but one particular place is famous to anyone who frequents this NYC neighborhood -- The Chelsea Market. On this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez takes us to Los Tacos No. 1, located inside the market to get a taste of authentic Mexican flavors for under $5.

  • Chelsea has a lot of great restaurants hidden within its streets, but one particular place is famous to anyone who frequents this NYC neighborhood -- The Chelsea Market. On this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez takes us to Los Tacos No. 1, located inside the market to get a taste of authentic Mexican flavors for under $5.

  • Burgers in New York City are a dime a dozen: You can get one from pretty much anywhere, but they're usually going to be from a big chain or relatively expensive. On this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez ventures to the Upper East Side to eat at Ethyl's, a bar where they have tons of cheap food for under $5, including a juicy burger that is worth every penny.

  • Burgers in New York City are a dime a dozen: You can get one from pretty much anywhere, but they're usually going to be from a big chain or relatively expensive. On this episode of Operation $5 Lunch, Prez ventures to the Upper East Side to eat at Ethyl's, a bar where they have tons of cheap food for under $5, including a juicy burger that is worth every penny.

  • Prez is known around the Thrillist office for being the $5 lunch guy, and for good reason. In our newest series, Operation: $5 Lunch, we follow Prez around NYC to the greatest lunch spots that are the best bang for your buck. Today's episode takes us to East Village, where the regulars at this Kosher Diner are family and the meal is worth the trip no matter where you're coming from.

  • Prez is known around the Thrillist office for being the $5 lunch guy, and for good reason. In our newest series, Operation: $5 Lunch, we follow Prez around NYC to the greatest lunch spots that are the best bang for your buck. Today's episode takes us to East Village, where the regulars at this Kosher Diner are family and the meal is worth the trip no matter where you're coming from.

  • Prez is known around the Thrillist office for being the $5 lunch guy, and for good reason. In our newest series, Operation: $5 Lunch, we follow Prez around NYC to the greatest lunch spots that are the best bang for your buck. Today's episode takes us to Greenwich Village, where the Lebanese street food is authentic and the meal is worth the trip no matter where you're coming from.

  • Prez is known around the Thrillist office for being the $5 lunch guy, and for good reason. In our newest series, Operation: $5 Lunch, we follow Prez around NYC to the greatest lunch spots that are the best bang for your buck. Today's episode takes us to Greenwich Village, where the Lebanese street food is authentic and the meal is worth the trip no matter where you're coming from.

  • Prez is known around the Thrillist office for being the $5 lunch guy, and for good reason. In our newest series, Operation: $5 Lunch, we follow Prez around NYC to the greatest lunch spots that are the best bang for your buck. Our first episode takes us to Chinatown, where the roast pork is oh-so-sweet and the meal is worth the trip no matter where you're coming from.

  • Prez is known around the Thrillist office for being the $5 lunch guy, and for good reason. In our newest series, Operation: $5 Lunch, we follow Prez around NYC to the greatest lunch spots that are the best bang for your buck. Our first episode takes us to Chinatown, where the roast pork is oh-so-sweet and the meal is worth the trip no matter where you're coming from.