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Good Cheap Eats in Soho area.

I will be in the city for a few days and would like any suggestions...love all sorts of foods, but I do love good vegetarian.


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  1. One of my personal favorites in Soho is Bar 89. Comes across from the outside as potentially expensive, but it's an upscale diner and has good food. Always a good scene there as well - 89 Mercer Street. Check out the bathrooms if you do go as well.

    1. Thanks for the tip..:)

      1. Pepe Rosso to go on Sullivan is cheap and popular. As is Bread on Spring St. There's also Sullivan St. Bakery, and Fanelli's for a pretty good burger. (fanelli's is a bar though)

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        1. re: sedela

          Thanks. What about Angelica's Kitchen or Flor's kitchen?

        2. angelica's kitchen in BLAND. all of the above mentioned are great. if your looking for vegan/vegetarian, the best downtown are counter (trendy vegan, great wine /cocktails), pure food and wine (amazing amazing raw food, also great wine list, all organic, VERY elegant) and a small place in chinatown/soho is wild ginger (fake meat chinese)..theres a bunch of great places uptown as well, but those are my faves downtown. check out menupages.com

          1. just as an FYI, if you're willing to head out to Flor's or Angelica, then go to the East Village for your cheap veggie lunch - lots more options there. if you want to stay in Soho(ish) I often grab my cheap(ish - this is Soho!) lunch at Hampton Chutney Company where I always get the dosa w/spicy potato. I think it's about 7 dollars. I happen to like Angelica myself. another fun East Village place to go vegetarian is Pukk, which is vegetarian Thai (ie, no fish sauce)

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            1. re: eeee

              I was going to recommend Hampton Chutney Co. too. It's a good place for a quick lunch while shopping in SoHo. I went Monday and split a Masala dosa deluxe with a friend and we had two mango lassis for about $22, which is pretty cheap for the neighborhood. The dosas are really big too so they are good to share.

              Farther west I would go to Sullivan Street bakery for their pizzas, or Ruben's Empanadas, but I would get those to go. Palacinka (unsure of spelling) is a cute cafe/crepe place.

            2. you just have to order carefully at angelica's. there are quite a few standard steamed veg/grain dishes on the menu that are very dull, but the daily specials are often interesting. still, it wouldn't be my first choice.
              at flor's, the rice and beans with a vegetarian arepa makes a great meal.
              counter (also on 1st ave) is pretty good, but nothing i've had has been as exciting as the menu promises.
              there's also the old punk rock vegan standby on avenue a, kate's joint. a lot of the food is too greasy/stodgy, but you can't go wrong with an unturkey club with fries for $6.95.

              1. also, grand sichuan has a branch on st. mark's between 2nd & 3rd aves. their general tso's tofu is fantastic.
                around the corner on 2nd ave is b&h, which is a kosher dairy luncheonette. wonderful soups, overstuffed sandwiches, potato pancakes, and mac & cheese.

                1. Snack might be a good option (the name is mis-leading). It's a small greek cafe type place on Thompson between Spring and Prince. They have all sorts of delicious vegetarian dips (Hummus, Baba, etc) as well as a pretty good spinach pie. The one downside is, it's very very small so if you go for lunch on the weekend, you might have to wait.

                  Here's a picture of the Spinach Pie I had about a month ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59445098...

                  eGustibus Food Blog: http://www.egustibus.com

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                  1. Thanks for all the great info! I had Snack on my list, as well as Hampton Chuntey. I love Greek and Indian food too. I am staying in the area, but working near Chelsea. What about Gobo?

                    1. Gobo is sublime. Get the seitan in ginger marinade, the lettuce wraps, roti canai, yam&yucca fries, it is very hard to go wrong with any choice you make... and be sure to get a juice from their juice bar. This is slightly expensive vegan cooking at its best. The restaurant is sleek, buzzing and the food dazzles.

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