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Spicy, affordable ethnic food, late night - NYC

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suetibu Feb 8, 2007 03:37 PM

hi! I am a big fan of Sripraphai & Penang(original) in Queens. I also love the ramen noodles at Kenka on St.Marks Place in NYC..

I am looking for similar inexpensive, spicy foods in NYC for the nights that I can't get to Queens.. Anyone?

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    nyccookie RE: suetibu Feb 8, 2007 04:10 PM

    Koreatown on 32nd and Broadway is great for late night, spicy food. Seoul Garden has spicy tofu soup which is great in the winter time.

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      GurglingStomach RE: suetibu Feb 8, 2007 07:05 PM

      Seoul Garden all the way! Nothing like a nice spicy bowl of Soondubu! It's what they're known for!

      http://damnedgoodfood.blogspot.com

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        suetibu RE: suetibu Feb 9, 2007 08:44 AM

        thanks, are there any thai places?

        1. emilia RE: suetibu Feb 9, 2007 09:01 AM

          i don't know if you're specifically going for thai or malaysian spice, but if your options are open, don't forget the all-night cabbie stands of indian food. pak-punjab and another right next door are 2 on Houston between Ave A and 1st Ave; and there's one also on 28th & Lex. really cheap and good.
          In K-Town, my favorite late night spot is Kunjip -- the spicy dok bok gi rock!
          i dont know of any late-night thai places in manhattan (it's sort of lacking in thai anyhow) but a lot of ppl on this board like Pam Real, which closes at 11 on weekdays and 11:30 on weekends.

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            suetibu RE: emilia Feb 9, 2007 12:32 PM

            hi emilia,
            i once went to a cabbie indian food stand on 9th ave and it was very dirty... Is this to be expected? Kinda turned me off it but i love that type of food...thanks....

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              emilia RE: suetibu Feb 10, 2007 06:23 PM

              i think it'd vary from place to place--some are cleaner than others. but honestly, you're paying for good cheap food, and not so much the decor. the two places on Houston (actually one's called Punjabi Deli and the other is Cafe something (starts w/ a K?) right next door) seem to be pretty decently clean, counter-style food vouched for by all my Indian friends. Late-night partiers and cabbies dine there alike. there is a dirtier looking pak-punjab deli on 1st or 2nd Ave around 2nd St (with a coin-operated kids' ride outside) that looks considerably dirtier, although i hear that place is pretty good too.

              right next door to the 2 stands on Houston b/w A and 1st, i just tried Himalayan Cafe last night and it was delicious Tibetan/Himalayan food for super cheap. The bean thread noodles came with a flat bread (perhaps roti?) and this very very spicy sauce that was delicious. I think they close pretty late too. It's not thai, but it's pretty good!

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            emma RE: suetibu Feb 12, 2007 07:11 AM

            cafe piola is the name. they have a buffet for $7, i believe.

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              saloniere RE: suetibu Feb 13, 2007 12:20 AM

              I intended to post about the Indian deli on 10th, but emilia beat me to it.

              I discovered it 4 years ago when I used to spend a lot of time at Bungalow 8. A friend turned me on to the veggie samosas. When I noticed that the deli was always busy, and that the food always looked fresh, (I have a general rule about eating at buffets like that), I ventured onto the hot food, and was soon having my late night / early morning snack there 3 times a week or so. In my view, one of the best bangs for the buck in the city.

              1. wleatherette RE: suetibu Feb 13, 2007 06:44 AM

                i think skyway (excellent malaysian) on allen just below canal might be open late, at least on friday/saturday. it would be worthing checking.

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