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looking for an inexpensive/great dinner near Clinton St

I was planning on going to Frankie's Spuntino...but wanted some other suggestions.


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  1. Freeman's, Schiller's, Clinton St. Baking Company

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    1. re: LFeinberg

      Clinton St. Baking Co. is soooooooo good! It's one of the very very few comfort American food places that I love. The portions are typically... well, American - so come on an empty stomach.

      1. re: nokitsch

        nokitsch - i disagree about Clinton Street Baking Co. I went there with a group of 8 people and not a single person like their food. the burgers were overcooked, the chicken was dry, my shepard's pie was really oily. Maybe it was an off night

        1. re: Regina_George

          Sorry to hear that. I've recommended it to several people, including our own BigJeff here, and they all found it excellent. Maybe it was a bad night?

        2. re: nokitsch

          Uh, as enthusiastic as I've been about Clinton St., I won't be back. The chef de cuisine, Justin Ernsberger, has left and the last time there for a late dinner was an utterly awful experience. I put my money on Frankie's or Alias these days.

      2. Cube 63 has sushi and is BYOB

        1. You could head across Houston street to Ave B (Clinton extended across Houston) and try out Max, Il Baggeto or Supper for great itallian, Bond Rd on Rivington for fantastic fish or Little Giant (although that one is a bit prcier) on Broome.

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          1. re: wingman

            Bondi Road is great and pretty inexpensive. Fresh Australian fish and sides. Delicious drinks, too, they have a varied cocktail list.

          2. Azul, The Orchard, Tides, Clinton St. Baking Co., Cube 63.

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            1. re: Lucia

              try frankie's 17 sputino -- 17 clinton.
              GREAT food. very fresh, lovely flavors. nice wine list with plenty of by the glass to choose from.

              1. re: winebitch

                frankie's is great. good food and the service is very friendly and attentive. i like that place a lot (though wish they could have a backyard like the flagship Frankie's in Bklyn)

                1. re: williej33

                  Go to frankie's! But go early-- it's small. There's also Falai- get the gnudi!

            2. I'd recommend Alias - esp. for the prix fixe Sunday supper. Falai and Chubo are a bit more expensive but worth it. Don't bother with Schillers, and Clinton street is better for weekend brunch as long as you're willing to wait.

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              1. re: kayonyc

                Don't shortchange Clinton St. for dinner, espacially the nightly specials that are usually fish. The chef de cuisine, Justin Ernsberger honed his expertise with 2 years as sous chef at Aquagrill in Soho. Brunch is always wonderful, but I think dinner at Clinton St. is a great little not-so-secret secret. With lowered lighting, etc., it's a completely different atmosphere.

                And, thankfully, there's finally a new front room manager being brought in my Justin who knows how to take care of guests!

                1. re: LKSugarman

                  The food at Clinton Street Restaurant is awesome, but definitely in a different category. Clinton Bakery is highly overrated. I find the food at Frankies to be sub-par, though the service is always attentive. Wouldn't really recommend Bondi Road, eating there is the only time I can recall not enjoying oysters - Tides is better but a little pricier. Alias is a good bet if you are looking for an inexpensive meal. I am very leary of Cube 63 since I live upstairs and never see fish being delivered.

                1. re: LeahBaila

                  Barrio Chino is only inexpensive if you stay away from the margaritas . . .

                2. There is a place called Ronalds on Orchard off of Grand Street. Not bad for a neighborhood place. Everything is fresh & cooked to perfection. Not expensive. They have specials, brick oven pizza, sandwiches and italian dishes

                  1. Falai Panneteria along Clinton near Delancey. Plus, it's BYOB if you care about bringing your own bottles.

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                    1. re: RCC

                      I agree wtih you on Falai Panneteria, the only caveat is that it's not as relaxing, service can be inconsistent and gruff. Try the gnocchi, skip the marinated mussels (too rubbery)

                    2. How close do you need to be to Clinton? I would go to Lavagna and get their prix fixe. They have a fabulous wine list. I also liked Barbone and it can be inexpensive if you get a pasta (chenut pasta with brown butter was delicious). There is a recent thread, you might want to do a search. Pylos is not inexpensive unless you order very carefully. We went there again Saturday night and it is consistently good.