Each student and faculty receives a newschool id, which you use for everything, including purchasing food on campus. In a few of the dorms there are cafeterias that have similar foods to home cooked meals, I’ve personally never ate at the dorm cafeteria. There is a Starbucks in one of the Parsons building, where you can buy the same coffee and teas from Starbucks for a slightly cheaper price with your newschool id. There are cafes and places that make fresh sandwiches, salads, sushi, soups, and other cooked foods including breakfasts, which there is always yogurt, fruits, pastries, bagels and other condiments. It is very convenient having money on your ID as you can easily purchase food that’s a lot cheaper than buying it off the street, and saves you from having to pay for food with your own cash or credit. The sandwiches are mostly made in front of you, with a huge selection of various breads, toppings, spreads etc… This goes for the salads as well. There are always vegetarian/vegan options as well.
If you live in the dorms you have a meal plan but if you don't you can either get a meal plan or get "Dining for Dollars". That is just basically putting money on your ID card so you can eat at the different dining facilities on campus and not pay extra taxes...definitely worth it. As far as food options...this is New York City! You can pretty much get any kind of food at pretty much any price you want at any time day or night.
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