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Good, very cheap dinner options by Union Square?

No restrictions on food type. Thanks much for all suggestions.

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  1. If you're strictly going for cheap, there was a sausage place awhile back--they were relatively inexpensive. I want to say it was on 15th or 16th Street on the west side of the park. I'm not a fan of the place, but Republic is quick and cheap. A few weeks ago I ate at a fast-food Korean place on 18th, across from the theatre. Generally, not a good place for cheap food--you might want to consider walking a few blocks downtown on University--Spice is fairly cheap.

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    1. re: erikka

      the sausage place is called mandler's. i like it, as well as their fried zucchini and corn fritters.

      26 e. 17th btwn Broadway and 5th

    2. Chickpea on 14th , south side of the street, just east of 3rd Ave. You can get a delicious falafel sandwich for $4.
      99 Miles to Philly for a cheesesteak will run you under $8, east side of 3rd Ave around 13th St.

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      1. re: howboy

        Ultra second 99 miles. I'm addicted. Not particularly cheap though as the lunch special will run you 10 bucks.

      2. Define very cheap.

        1. $20 a person or under

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          1. re: Unpossible

            Friend House for Chinese, Lan for Japanese, Via Emilia for Italian

          2. Cafetasia (Thai food) on 8th Street between University and Fifth Ave. 2 for 1 cocktails at happy hour and the appetizers are $4 with very large portions. You get 5 large, fantastic gyozas for $4 amd many other app's. Click on their website for a list. They also have a lot of special appetizers which aren't on the menu. They have a $5 house wine (which is very good--red or white), so at happy hour, you can get two glasses of wine for $5 and a good serving of app's for $4. Enjoy!
            www.cafetasia.com

            1. Republic (Asian food) on Union Square is an excellent option.

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              1. re: nycexplorer

                I hate the atmosphere - prison mess hall meets zen monastery. Plus I hate paying a premium for noodle soups that are better and cheaper at Chinatown Malaysian places.

                1. re: Peter Cherches

                  I don't eat at places for atmosphere, I'm strictly about the food. Plus I usually get Republic delivered.

                  I don't eat noodle soups, so I don't judge Republic on that criterion.

                  I do know that Republic's ingredients see fresher and of better quality to me than cheap Chinese/Malaysian places I have tried (for that reason I no longer eat at cheap Chinese/Malaysian places).

                  1. re: Peter Cherches

                    I kinda like the atmosphere. But it's not the place to go for an intimate dinner, let's say.
                    As for the food? Not authentic, but tasty. Though like nycexplorer, I haven't tried the soup.

                2. How about the Chat n' Chew on E16th Btwn 5th and Union Sq West.

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                  1. re: FoodGal

                    I have never had a meal at Chat 'n Chew that was even passable. Republic is a better option.

                    1. re: EAP

                      Chat & Chew certainly leaves much to be desired. Emphasis on cheap rather than good.

                  2. Havana Central on E17th Btwn Bway & 5th has good, cheap cuban food, and I think on Thurs. they have 2 for 1 Mojitos

                    1. How about Saigon Grill on 12th and University?