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Dec 29, 2006 10:36 PM

Upper East Side Cheap Eats

Hey guys,

I just moved temporarily to 80th/1st Ave after living at Union Square the past 2.5 years (heaven compared to here). Any recommendations for cheap lunch eats and decently priced dinners ($10-15 entrees).

I know of JG Melons, Totonno's and that's basically it. To narrow it down further I'm not a huge fan of Middle Eastern/Indian food. I'm looking more for slice places, pasta, burgers, Mexican, Chinese, Sushi. Any help would be fabulous.



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  1. BBQ is decent for take-out or delivery and definitely fits the price range. For pizza I like Delizia. Have heard that Cork and Fin is supposed to be good but I have yet to try it. Barking Dog is OK, last time we went service was lousy, but food was fine. Burritoville for Mexican. Blue Moon is horrible Mexican, definitely don't go there. Hopefully that is a good start.

    1. Cheap or cheap for the upper east side? I had an excellent simple meal that was a good value at B Cafe on 75th b/t 2nd and 3rd.

      1. Triangolo-1st and 83rd
        Willy's-2nd and 80th

        1. There is Pio Pio, a Peruvian rotisserie chicken place. Incredibly cheap and very tasty.

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          1. re: Miss Needle

            I second Pio Pio, as Miss Needle said. It's very tasty and very cheap for the UES. They deliver, too.

          2. Beyoglu (3rd Ave. & 81st) is very reasonably priced. Their doner kebab is terrific, hearty and costs $12.50. It's enough for a meal if you're not starving. The meze at Beyoglu are also inexpensive ($3.50-$4) and solid. Try the hummus and the cacik.