visitor wants one perfect (and cheap) dinner
Struggling to come up with a dinner restaurant for 4 for this weekend. We're visiting NY and want to try someplace new to us. Criteria:
-not too trendy, quiet enough for catch-up conversation
-but fun, happy
-chowish. delicious. feels like a new york find. makes us sad not to live in ny. tastes that stay with you.
-budget (don't know exactly, but cheaper=better and I don't want to propose a place that is much more than 15-20 an entree. dirt cheap would be acceptable too.)
-vegetarian friendly (need not be vegetarian but can be)
-not ethiopian, mexican, pizza, thai or chinese, they've been nixed. absolutely anything else. ethnic hole in the wall or locally-grown, seasonal produce new american kind of place--though i imagine the former is more in our budget.
-my inclination is to want to be downtown (maybe have some il laboratorio after dinner) but am willing to go anywhere for the right place.
thanks in advance!
i have to disagree. those 6th street places are inexpensive but the food's below average. for your one meal in new york, you deserve a lot better. the real little india in manhattan is on lexington avenue in the high 20s / low 30s, where there's a variety of truly excellent places still reasonably priced. if you had time, i'd also recommend going for indian food queens.
How about Filipino? The Kuma Inn is on the 2nd fl on Ludlow off Delancey, so it feels like a find, and it's got really unique delicious cuisine you don't encounter that often. Menu is tapas-style, so it's good for sharing.
If you prefer Italian, Frankie's or Falai would also work, although those are a bit pricier.
Do NOT go to 6th St for Indian. Although it is a really fun neighborhood to walk around in as HarryHarry says, the food is uniformly awful.
3 of Cups is on 1st Av. and 5th St. I live nearby but have never gone there for dinner (I've been to their bar, which is ridiculously loud and where they allow people to smoke illegally, both of which were huge turnoffs for me). What do you recommend there other than their pizza?