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Apr 4, 2007 06:22 AM

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.