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day in the city tomorrow need ideas for lunch and dinner

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doing my orientation at Hunter tomorrow, but heading downtown for lunch, and ideas on a fun place to eat doors for lunch and then what to do for dinner?

i was thinking the w village for lunch and shopping and then moving over to the eat side for a late dinner. love to hear your ideas.
going with 2 friends, all in our mid-20's

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  1. You might want to try The Door Store for lunch.

    I couldn't resist.

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    1. re: Peter Cherches

      I laughed till I cried. Good one. As to the op's request, try the Coffee Shop on 16th and Union Square West--definitely a good city watcher spot on Wed for the Greenmarket.

    2. If you are going to be poor college kids, spending lots of time in Manhattan, and you will want to eat decent food for next to nothing, then you need to do some searching for places in Chinatown. You cannot find a better area for cheap food, but you can find some food which you might not like in Chinatown (not everyone is willing to try chicken feet). Not too sure of many places in the area where you can dine outdoors, but, someone else may know. Food downtown on the eastside is generally cheaper than downtown on the westside. Curry Row (E. 6th), the inexpensive Polish and Ukrainian, and a myriad of others are east. You need not spend a ton to eat in the Village (some of my cheap, but good, meals at Lederhosen come to mind), but it's not as cheap.

      I might also swap your order on where you want to go. It seems to me that the places at which one can shop in Greenwich Village tend to increasing have the same names as some places in suburban malls. Why come into NY when you can find it readily and easily elsewhere, for the same price. Shopping on the LES, etc. from Canal St. knock-offs to Nolita designers places tends to be a little more unique, from what I have noticed.

      But I also think you need to say more about what you want to eat and how much you want to spend. What kind of food and how much? And what kind of atmosphere are you looking for too?

      1. for lunch, we were thinking maybe ino? do they have tables outside? how is it, as we have never been.
        And for dinner anything is a go, mexican or italian. do any of those spots have seating outdoors? cafecito and such?

        1. Cafecito is a cramped indoor space.

          I'm going to suggest something different to you. For lunch, go to Chinatown instead of the Village. Get some banh mi and banh mi gai at Banh Mi Saigon Bakery on Mott St. between Grand and Hester, carry it to a park and eat it on a bench. You'll love it!

          For dinner, inexpensive, good outdoor dining is hard to come by. But at least if you have a really inexpensive Vietnamese sandwich for lunch, you'll save money on that. There recently was a thread on outdoor dining in the East Village (maybe it also included the [West] Village). See if any of the suggestions in that thread are useful to you.

          1. Another cheap lunch idea (takeout only) is Otafuku on East 9th betw. 2nd and 3rd. Fill up on a combo -- takoyaki (octopus "donut holes") and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) -- for $8. If you're set on the W. Village for dinner, Cafe Asean (W. 10th, west of 6th Ave.) has a nice back garden. Pan-Asian, reasonably priced and they may still do a cheaper early-dinner menu.