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dinner for $25 for 2ppl

Hi,

Are there any really chill and cozy resturant that are $25 for 2 people who orders an appetizer and two entrees in total (not including drinks, of course). I would like to dine anyway downtown (not higher than the 30's) I'm open to any food but not chinese for now. thanks a bunch!

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  1. How about Lanan or Saigon Grill on University Place.
    Love both places especially for their grilled pork chops.

    1. If you like Thai, check out Thai Thai on 1 St. and 1 Ave. Authentic Thai cuisine and very inexpensive. Also, La Linea is around the corner on 1 Ave bet. 1-2 St. and they have a great happy till 9pm on weekdays. They also play good hip-hop and the bartenders are great.

      Whend I was a student, we use to go to Fruiti de Mare on 2 Ave and 4 St (I think). I don't remember it being expensive and the food was decent. It's Italian food.

      And although this is out of your way, Orchid (Caribbean food) on 9Ave bet. 46-47 St. in Hells Kitchen was very good home cooking like food and the owner is very friendly. Worth a look.

      I think you can find all of these restaurants on www.menupages.com and newyork.citysearch.com for ratings and cost.

      1. The best bang for the buck is Chinatown. I know you don't want Chinese, but I still recommend Sweet and Tart, Dim Sum Go Go (they are different from run of the mill Americanized Chinese), or one of the Vietnamese places like New Pasteur or Nha Trang (much better than Saigon Grill by the way).

        If you want more of a hipster downtown vibe, another cheap but authentic and cute place is Dosirak, a small Korean joint off University Place and 13th, or Mandoo Bar (great cheap dumplings, also Korean) also on University Place (near 10-11th?).

        I think Il Bagatto (?) is a great bargain Italian joint in the East Village.

        1. mandoo bar on university place has closed, and il bagatto would be more than $25 for two entrees and an app.
          cafe mogador or cafe orlin (both on st. mark's place) might work, or flor's kitchen on 1st avenue. i had delivery earlier this year from tai thai and it was execrable, but perhaps it was just a bad night for them.

          oh! almost forgot about casa adela on avenue c. it's bare-bones in terms of atmosphere (linoleum, tv blaring telemundo) but not uncomfortable, and $7.50 gets you a half rotisserie chicken (some of the best in the city, imo) with rice and beans or salad and tostones. easily enough for two, especially if you add some sancocho or something.

          1. i second both Cafe Mogador and Dosirak...

            and while i've never been to TaiThai, i have gotten takeout from Kai Kai (Ave A, between 8th/9th St) which recently opened a byob sitdown part...they have a very small menu, but it's cheap, non-greasy, and mellow...

            1. How about something like cafecito or Cafe Habana?

              1. Sapore on Greenwich ave has some good pastas and you can definitely get out of there for about 25, excluding wine.

                Also (I can't believe I'm advocating an early bird special)-- Cucina di Pesce has some decent entrees (and some bombs), but salad, bread, soup, entree, and a glass of wine for 9.95 until 6:30 is pretty spectacular. Not really a destination dining experience, but for that dinner after work setting, it works(nice garden seating too)

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                1. re: fornaio

                  Went last night. Despite it still being advertised as $9.95 on their website the price or the early bird special has gone up to $11.95. I decided to try the pumpkin ravioli (not on the the earlier bird menu) because it was highly recommended. Sorry to say that I was extremely disappointed. The best ravioli I have eaten in the city was at Viceroy. I can recommend the pomegranate mojito though. In a crunch I may go back and order from the early bird menu but the ravioli I did order was a serious disappointment.

                2. any french/american places?

                  1. How about Ino or Inoteca--I think that can be in your price range and they are both fun

                    1. No clue as to any french places. You might be able to get in and out at Lederhosen for that price, but you would also probably not be able to get many of their entrees.

                      1. inoteca is lovely, but it's going to be more like $25/pp even without drinks.

                        1. The only French place I can think of that serves two for under $25 is the storefront diner Chez Brigitte in the west village. (I'm not even sure it's still open. I'm sad to hear about Mandoo Bar closing although I guess the Koreatown branch is still available I hope.) The food isn't bad for what it is, but it's definitely bare bones/ sort of French fast food. Casimir in the east village is nice for the price but is still going to be well over $25 for two.

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                          1. re: jeanki

                            the le gamins would come in around $25.

                            1. re: jeanki

                              jeanki: the koreatown branch of mandoo bar is still open.

                            2. I can't believe some of you are recommending Il Bagatto as a "bargain" place, when it's gotta be around $35-40/person for dinner - if you can get in. I haven't been to Frutti di Mare for years, but I used to be a regular and regularly paid about $20-25/person in those days (alright, I had the formerly available special Linguine al Diavolo con Frutti di Mare, but still, the place isn't that cheap and isn't that good). I figure Cafe Mogador would run about $25-30/person.

                              $25 for TWO people is a lot harder! If you don't want Chinese, consider going for Malaysian at Skyway or go to a cheap ramen joint like Menkui Tei, where you can each get a bowl of ramen and split an order of gyoza and stay within your limit. Cafecito is possible, because their entradas are so huge! You could split an appetizer plate and an entree and stay within your budget. But if you get drinks, of course...

                              Good luck, and please report back on the places you've found, as this will be useful to others.