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Really good, LES, inexpensive non-Asian restaurant, dinner?

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Looking for a place on a weeknight on the LES where you can hear yourself talk, and where you don't have to wait too long to get a table for 4. Any possibilities?

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  1. Casanis is a nice, casual french restuarant on Ludlow & Broome. It fairly traditional - both food and decor - and reminds me a lot of the cafes in Paris. Its usually pretty quiet and I've never had to wait for a table.

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    1. re: aryn

      Thank you. I'll look into this place.

    2. What's your upper limit, and do you include the East Village in your concept of the Lower East Side?

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      1. re: Pan

        I guess my upper limit is Menu Pages' $$, or about $15 and lower for entrees. Also, the EV would be too far since I'm located pretty far south of Delancey.

      2. Perhaps Clinton Street Baking. Not expensive, but not exactly inexpensive either.
        http://www.clintonstreetbaking.com/

        1. Alias is supposed to be great food for the price. They have a bargain prix fixe on Sundays too.

          1. Les Enfants Terribles on Canal/Ludlow has a great vibe and good African/French fusion. Brown on Hester between Essex/Ludlow is also worth a try, although I've only been for lunch/brunch. Great salads, sandwiches, and their dinner menu has always looked pretty solid.