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Olga Oct 15, 2004 02:30 PM

Hello,

Can you recommend a nice place to eat early dinner (5:30-6:30pm) near Union Square?
My boyfriend and I love to go there for the farmer's market and to enviously ogle at other people's dogs at the park, but we have never been able to find a good place to eat in the vicinity of US(we usually head to EV or Chinatown for that).
I will be going to the Union Square Theatre next week w/my mom however so we would like to grab a bite to eat beforehand not too far from 17th street.
Please recommened a sit-down place, with good food (any cuisine really), and moderate (<$20/main) prices.

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    mepm231 Jan 30, 2008 02:26 PM

    How about Chat n' Chew on 16th, 1/2 an avenue west of Union Sq? Pretty good mac n' cheese and other comfort foods and it's very cheap. I don't think they have an entree over $20.

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      mads Oct 18, 2004 07:47 PM

      Devi just opened on 18th btwn brdwy and 5th. It's got some of the best indian cuisine i've ever tasted. Beautiful atmosphere too.

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        skepner169 Jan 30, 2008 01:51 PM

        I love Friend of a Farmer on Irving between east 18th & 19th. Great fare!

        www.hermanweb.us

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        greekgoddess Oct 15, 2004 05:26 PM

        I just started working in the Union Square area, and I found great resources for places to eat on starchefs.com. Chop't is a reliable, albeit expensive spot for salads, and Ennju is recommended for sushi. Check it out at http://www.starchefs.com/phpBB2/viewt...

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          eeee Oct 15, 2004 04:50 PM

          I'm a fan of Cafe Spice, the Indian place a few blocks south of Union Square on University.

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            Desidero Oct 19, 2004 04:15 PM

            I second the Cafe Spice recommendation. I'm sure it is not authentic, but it is cheap and satisfying. I'm partial to the chicken pad thai and the warm duck salad.

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              Whatsgood Jan 30, 2008 08:01 AM

              i think you are talking about spice, http://spicenyc.net/university.html
              cafe spice is an indian restaurant that does not serve pad thai

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              melon Jan 30, 2008 11:05 AM

              I like Cafe Spice a lot. Their dosas are not so hot, but their curries are very good.

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              skigirl Oct 15, 2004 03:07 PM

              A few places within easy walking distance that might fit the bill:

              Casa Mono(Irving & 17th) or Bar Jamon (next door)
              Via Emilia (PAS and 19th)
              Cafe Amiana (3rd and approx 19th)
              Pain Quitodien (19th bet bwy and PAS)

              A little further up, Bao Noodles (22 & 2nd).

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                ds Oct 15, 2004 03:00 PM

                There is a decent sit down Cuban spot on 17th street west of union square called Havana Central. I've just had the cuban sandwiches and plantains but there are other main dishes on the menu.

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                  LS Oct 15, 2004 02:47 PM

                  Try Republic - It's a bit noisy but it delish. and cheap. Also good is Steak Frites.

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                    Bowfinger Oct 15, 2004 02:53 PM

                    Republic is a good place for cheap Asian food but it's not something i'd describe as "nice."

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                      AssociEat (formerly EatClerk) Oct 15, 2004 03:28 PM

                      Disagree. I think the food at Republic sucks, and it's a madhouse. But it is fairly cheap.

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                        The Jumps Oct 15, 2004 05:10 PM

                        it's very cheap!

                        good drinks +
                        i think it has really good food (it reminds me so much of wagamama in london)
                        you just have to know what you're going there for.

                        you're not there for authentic food or even amazing food.
                        just a reasonably cheap, fun experience

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                          MV Oct 15, 2004 06:42 PM

                          I think it might be affiliated with wagamama. they both have the same cute kid on the front of their menus

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                            genghis Oct 19, 2004 11:11 AM

                            Sorry, but Republic is the cheap knock-off version of Wagamama. And while it LOOKS very similar, the TASTE leaves a lot to be desired...

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                              squishface Jan 30, 2008 07:41 AM

                              Republic: meh food, incredibly bad acoustics, and you may be seated at a 4-person table with another party of 2. That said, if you're there the spinach lime noodles are pretty good.

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                              GoddessofFood Jan 30, 2008 12:11 PM

                              Interesting. I was at the Wagamama in Amsterdam and I remember that Republic kid. Pretty decent bowl of noodles, I have to say.

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                      Bowfinger Oct 15, 2004 02:41 PM

                      It's kind of more East Village than Union Square, but what about Cacio e Pepe? (2nd between 11th and 12th)

                      Link: http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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