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JB Jan 11, 2005 12:37 PM


Looking for a cheap, very casual, quick eat place in the West Village, ideally near the Lucille Lortel Theater on Christopher Street.

All West Village hounds, please help! Thanks.

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    Raymond RE: JB Jan 11, 2005 12:43 PM

    Westville meets all your needs perfectly!

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      Frisky RE: Raymond Jan 11, 2005 01:08 PM

      For more cheapness, I like the chicken tandoori and potato wraps at the Kati Roll Company. They are something like five bucks each.

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      Viv RE: JB Jan 11, 2005 01:29 PM

      I second Westville, for fancied-up diner food.

      There's also Pepe Verde near there, a quick-service pasta joint. Very very good, considering the prices for pasta are well under $10.

      If you're willing wander a ways, try a naanini at the Indian Bread Co. (It's like a panini, but with naan bread and paneer cheese).

      Also, don't forget Joe's Pizza on Carmine St. This place is a legend.

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        tweedy RE: JB Jan 11, 2005 02:01 PM

        Not sure exactly where the theater is, but for cheap and good you can't beat Mamoun's Falafel on MacDougal. $2 for a falafel sandwich.

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          Boots RE: tweedy Jan 11, 2005 07:43 PM

          Respectfully, the falafel at Ali Baba's across the street is better. Mamoun's does better schwarma and baklava though.

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            captainlaurie RE: Boots Jan 28, 2009 08:56 AM

            I absolutely agree. The falafel at Mamoun's is overrated, Ali Baba's is much better. I can't weigh in on the schwarma because I haven't tried it at either place.

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              debvil RE: Boots Jan 29, 2009 12:28 PM

              agree - ali b's is better than mamoun's. A good 8 - 10 minute hike though to Christopher from there (I used to live across from LL theater many moons ago)

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            sybil RE: JB Jan 11, 2005 02:46 PM

            Moustache is a small, middle-eastern (check address but it's close) that has homemade pita and good food.

            There's also a cheap Turkish place on 7th Ave. South & Grove.

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              Flynn RE: JB Jan 11, 2005 03:59 PM

              Around the corner from the Lucille Lortel theater (on Hudson Street) going uptown is a pita joint (sorry can't recall the name) that is cheap and very good and has a few tables. It's wedged near a liquor store and a corner bar. They even have a good deal on salmon and roast chicken and you can't get any chicken than this unless you eat pizza. No liquor but maybe BYOB or beer.

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                Flynn RE: Flynn Jan 11, 2005 04:00 PM

                I meant to say 'cheaper' not 'chicken' :) Yikes - it's been a long day!

              2. egit RE: JB Jan 28, 2009 10:17 AM

                Not sure if it's cheap or quick enough, but Malatesta is just down the street at Christopher and Washington. Many of their pasta dishes are in the teens.

                Also, a second for Westville. Their market sides always change and they're the most interesting part of their offerings. You can order four and make an entree of it-- they offer that as a special deal.

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                  j.jessica.lee RE: JB Jan 28, 2009 05:34 PM

                  what about the hummus place? it's on 7th avenue and bleecker, i think. really great hummus at a great price. i like all the hummus there. the pita is served warm and is fluffy and delicious! the labneh is really good and i like getting the israeli health salad along with the meal. if you want something a little more substantial, get the shakshuka with haloumi cheese as well. the kataif dessert is pretty good as well.

                  isn't taim falafel nearby as well? that is one amazing falafel. and cheap as well. any falafel sandwich or platter will be good, as will the sabich. yummmmmmmmm.

                  i notice that you posted a while back. where did you end up going?

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                    foodwhisperer RE: j.jessica.lee Jan 28, 2009 09:02 PM

                    in that area there are lots of cheap places, you dont have to do falafel, Cowgirl has lots of things very reasonable. Not sure how cheap is cheap, John;s pizza is about 6 blocks away. Malatesta for pasta is up the block from the theatre. D'Andrea is reasonable. Or on 7th ave so. and christopher you can get a souvlaki. And further down 7th 2 blocks is Caliente Cab Co. for reasonable mexican food

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                      Pan RE: foodwhisperer Jan 28, 2009 10:40 PM

                      I had one of the worst meals in several years at a Caliente Cab Co. on like 33rd St. and 3rd Av. Just terrible. I'm really surprised to see a recommendation for that chain on Chowhound.

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                        Lucia RE: Pan Jan 29, 2009 10:33 AM

                        I've been to the one on Bleecker and agree it's terrible.

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                      inmybackpages RE: j.jessica.lee Jan 29, 2009 10:38 AM

                      the "mojito" at the hummus place is also terrific.

                      try the hot sauce with your meal too, it's really tasty!

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                      Simon RE: JB Jan 28, 2009 09:06 PM

                      how about some salad and soup at Doma Cafe?

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                        ian_pink RE: JB Jul 25, 2010 04:43 PM

                        Hoping to revive this thread with some more up to date info. I'm in the West, West Village for the summer, working from home and looking for places to eat lunch (or dinner, but mainly lunch) CHEAPLY. That means less than $12 to me. So far I have:

                        1. Taim
                        2. Corner Bistro
                        3. The sandwich window in the back of The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market, which is not even technically in the West Village.

                        Please help!

                        Corner Bistro
                        331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                        The Lobster Place
                        252 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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                          sam1 RE: ian_pink Jul 26, 2010 07:54 AM

                          favorites from really cheap to cheap

                          -$1 pizza on 6th ave off waverly...not bad for $1...i kid you not...i like it better than the new joe's on sixth ave (miss the carmine/bleecker one)
                          -'ino for quattro panini, truffled egg toast
                          -westville of course
                          -grey dog...i prefer carmine to university...better crowd.
                          -elephant and castle...awesome simple sandwiches...older clientele
                          -moustache...merguez sandwich rules
                          -insomnia cookies for $1 on 8th street
                          -murrays bagels on 6th ave
                          -tea and sympathy on greenwich...i like their welsh rarebit and bacon
                          -wogies...havent eaten here but my friends love their bar food
                          -da andrea...pastas are all homemade and excellent

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                            canemh RE: sam1 Jul 28, 2010 08:20 AM

                            its still the same joes--that place was always open and was the place togo to when the one on carmine and bleeker was packed. also it was where the deliverys came from

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                              sam1 RE: canemh Jul 28, 2010 12:13 PM

                              call me insane but the pizza doesnt taste the same as this joe's...the old joe's sauce was sweet and thinner. just my opinion. either way, i like the $1 slice better than this joe's.

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                            ellabella RE: ian_pink Jul 26, 2010 10:17 AM

                            taim is fantastic! some other options in the area:
                            - pinto (thai) on christopher st. does a super-cheap lunch special for something like $8 for the standard two-course appetizer + main. i like their green curry -- nothing exceptional but for the price it's great. also, they deliver if you are working at home.
                            - if you are looking to get out of the house, i like tartine, though it's not universally loved -- i had excellent moules marinieres there over the weekend, though that probably breaks the ~$12 budget (comes with french fries!).
                            - baoguette on christopher st. -- also not universally loved, but i've enjoyed the sloppy bao. i get it extra spicy and it does the trick.
                            - closer to central village, faicco's on bleecker makes ridiculous, enormous sandwiches -- enough for two meals. ~$9?

                            260 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                            253 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

                            Pho Sure
                            120 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

                            118 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

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                            chaz RE: JB Jul 25, 2010 08:37 PM

                            AOC Bleecker
                            Le Petite Abeille

                            314 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                            1. varsel RE: JB Jul 26, 2010 09:18 AM

                              I love Westville for all their veggies you can mix and match as you like. Also, bobo has a $1 Oyster happyhour, with $5 wine from 5-7pm... Perfect pre-theatre snack. They also have hot dogs and $14 Lobster Roll on the weekend. It is SOOOO good.

                              210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

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                                jax12479 RE: varsel Jul 26, 2010 05:58 PM

                                Isle Thai on Bleecker btwn 6th/7th
                                Murray's Cheese shop on Bleecker btwn 6th/7th (awesome sandwiches)
                                Joe's on Carmine for pizza
                                White Horse Tavern on Hudson (good bar food)
                                Havana on Christopher (Cuban)
                                Las Ramblas on W4th (tapas)
                                Aki on W4th (sushi)

                                Murray's Cheese
                                254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                                Las Ramblas
                                170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                                181 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                                White Horse Tavern
                                567 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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                                  Jess321 RE: jax12479 Jul 27, 2010 01:40 PM

                                  Aki is great, but I would hardly call it cheap. Sure, there are pricier sushi places, but there are definitely cheaper ones too, just not in this neighborhood. For cheap sushi I usually go to Soho sushi on Sullivan, they have a 3 roll special at lunch for 9.99 and it comes with salad or soup.

                                  181 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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                                    kathryn RE: jax12479 Jul 31, 2010 08:20 PM

                                    I found Las Ramblas to be not cheap at all -- how would you stay under $12?

                                    Las Ramblas
                                    170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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                                  Sparklydelite RE: JB Jul 27, 2010 09:15 AM

                                  Amber on 6th ave between w 9th and w 10th street. It is Asian and has lunch specials for around $10 which include soup AND salad. These are both kitchen entrees and sushi bar. The kitchen entrees come with spring rolls as well. SO much food, so little money, and a great atmosphere taboot. Highly recommended.

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                                    sam1 RE: Sparklydelite Jul 27, 2010 11:43 AM

                                    amber has great atmosphere? i live around the block and whenever i walk by, its filled with thugs on date night.

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                                    BROOKLYNDINER RE: JB Jul 31, 2010 11:49 AM

                                    1--Westville by a mile.
                                    2-Noodle shop on Carmine.
                                    3-Hummus Place
                                    4-Grey Dog.

                                    You cant go wrong at any of these--dinner for 2 with a drink $30 or so.

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                                      Pan RE: BROOKLYNDINER Jul 31, 2010 04:39 PM

                                      Does the noodle shop have a name? Anything you particularly like there?

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                                        kathryn RE: Pan Jul 31, 2010 08:21 PM

                                        It's literally called Noodle Bar.

                                        Noodle Bar
                                        26 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

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                                          ClaireHudon RE: kathryn Jun 28, 2011 03:09 PM

                                          Westville is my rec

                                          210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

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                                      LouisM RE: JB Jun 28, 2011 07:14 PM

                                      You might try Baogette on Christopher near Bedford. More than decent fare, close to your theater, inexpensive.

                                      Pho Sure
                                      120 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

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                                        stefathena RE: JB Jun 29, 2011 07:14 AM


                                        649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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                                          LouisM RE: JB Jun 29, 2011 07:23 AM

                                          Yes, Malatesta is an excellent recommendation. It can be very crowded and, if memory serves, is cash only. Great pasta and great fun.

                                          649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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                                            jaba RE: LouisM Jun 29, 2011 07:32 PM

                                            Malatesta can be very hit-or-miss. The only pasta worth getting there, in my opinion, is the spaghetti ala chitarra (which is excellent). Everything else I've had is pretty mediocre.

                                            649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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                                              Simon RE: jaba Jun 29, 2011 09:52 PM

                                              lamb chops are consistently yummy...fish special is decent (but nothing more)...grilled calamari salad is solid...and while i like the spaghetti ala chitarra, the rigatoni w/ sausage special is outstanding when they have it...

                                              it's a pasta (and lamb chop) joint w/ great ambience, cheap prices, local vibe, and outdoor seating...what's not to love? :)

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