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Feb 21, 2007 04:03 PM

Dinner suggestions for a group of 4

Hey 'hounders,
Where should I take my three friends and myself to for an inexpensive dinner (about $13 and under, per person) with a decent atmosphere? Location doesn't really matter but I do prefer to stay within the Villages, Chelsea, or up to Midtown. Cuisine restrictions is no sushi (one of my friends are not too thrilled with the idea of eating raw fish, unfortunately); basically you're free to suggest anything from there.

The only place that I can think up of right now is Momofuku Ssam, Kampuchea Noodle Bar, Great Jones Cafe, Minca, and Veselka.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. Although it's tiny, I'd have to say Westvile (and now, Westville East)

    1. I love Momofuku Ssam Bar! Another Asian option is Kenka, the izakaya on St. Marks. It is Japanese but mostly cooked food. If you order some small plates plus onigiri or noodle, that should keep you under $13 without leaving hungry.

      Plus the atmosphere is great for group gathering and young and fun!

      1. Both sounds good but aren't there any other suggestions?

        3 Replies
        1. re: chocokitty

          Is there a specific kind of cuisine that you are looking for / trying to avoid?

          1. re: kobetobiko

            One of my friends have a preference toward Asian cuisines and wants something on the healthier side. No sushi, since she's not into eating raw fish.

            1. re: chocokitty

              How about Aburiya Kinnosuke on 213 E 45th St (Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave). I like it much better than yakitori totto and kenka, and you can see a lot of Japanese diners there. It has less yakitori (skewers), but more robata grill and shichirin grill (grilling on a metal wire net). It is also quite cheap (though it adds up quickly when you order a lot

        2. Isle, on Bleecker near 7th ave and Jones, serves cheap but good thai noodles and curries. The drinks are reasonably priced, too.

          1. There are a bunch of places on first ave:
            - L'il Frankies for indi pizzas
            - Mancora for Peruvian (mixed reviews on this site, but I love it, usually just share a bunch of appatizers, great temales)
            - Xunta is a fun place to get tapas