i think alias is a great spot. they have all sorts of things, from burgers to mac and cheese to bbq, scallops, chili, sloppy joes, etc. their brunch on the weekends is also delicious.
76 clinton st. at rivington (lower east side)
you can see their menu here: http://tinyurl.com/l3qbc
ps: as mentioned above, westville and clinton street baking company are great!
One of my favorite French bistros, Park Bistro, on Park Av. S., b/t 28th & 29th Sts., offers a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $25. They do have an a la carte menu, but I don't remember the cost of main courses at lunch. (At dinner, they're in the $20's.) The food's delicious, service is excellent, and the Paris bistro-type decor is quite stylish.
Cibo, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St., serves well-prepared Tuscan/New American cuisine. The 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $26.95 -- *lots* to choose from -- is definitely the way to go there. Large space with attractive decor and very comfortable seating.
Don't forget that many normally very upscale restaurants have special 3-course lunch menus all year long.
Top of my list in that category is Eleven Madison Park, where the 3-course lunch is $32. Chef Daniel Humm's cuisine is exquisite, service is first rate, and the space is gorgeous.
I've had many of Fleur de Sel's $25 3-course lunches, and all have been superb. Service is professional. The room is small with pleasing decor.
Btw, when I asked about "children," I was thinking little kids. I would consider your two "adults." :-)
Enjoy your lunch and Bon Appetit!
My family and I would like American (not burgers or fried food please), French and Italian food. I'm trying to look for entrees that are under $15.
My husband and I, and my two children are 20 and 18 years old. My 20 year old is the "foodie" of the family and my husband likes to eat something a bit on the hearty side.
Thanks for your help in advance.
Considering that there are literally hundreds of restaurants in Manhattan that could be described as "good, inexpensive to moderately priced," at least help us narrow things down by telling us:
1. What cuisine(s) do you and your family prefer?
2. Will there be only adults, or will children be going along? If the latter, what are their ages?