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Eek! Last Minute! Cheap? Maybe in the Village?

Fida May 25, 2007 01:31 PM

I'm in sudden need of an inexpensive place for dinner! Ideally the Village, although could do a bit above or below.

I was thinking maybe Italian (pasta starting around $12-$14), but every place I've checked is quite a bit more. Any ideas?

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  1. egit RE: Fida May 25, 2007 01:38 PM

    Try Frank or Li'l Frankies. Very good. Very cheap. On 2nd and 1st aves. respectively.

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      RGR RE: Fida May 25, 2007 02:01 PM

      Cacio e Pepe. We've eaten there once, and the food was very good. Acc. to the menu on their website, the pastas range from $12.95 (for the eponymous dish) to $17.95. Not sure how up-to-date those prices are.


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        rfelicello RE: RGR May 25, 2007 02:08 PM

        I second Cacio e Pepe. We've eaten there twice and the food was excellent and very affordable. Another good choice is Gaetana's. It's reasonably-priced, down-home, italian-american food.

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          egit RE: rfelicello May 25, 2007 02:40 PM

          I like cacio e pepe too. But I went there last friday, and the pastas seemed to be more in the 15-20 range. Don't quote me on that... when I was there I didn't know there'd be a quiz on it.

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        roze RE: Fida May 25, 2007 03:41 PM

        Maybe Thai food at Sea?

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          Lucia RE: Fida May 25, 2007 05:53 PM

          Cacio e Pepe, Max
          Piadina, for a step down

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            Gordognyc RE: Fida May 25, 2007 06:11 PM

            Otto's pastas are all in or below that price range.
            You will likely have to wait.

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              sam1 RE: Gordognyc Jun 1, 2007 01:33 PM

              yeah but they all taste like they were made by lean cuisine.

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                Lucia RE: sam1 Jun 1, 2007 01:42 PM

                I've never had that experience--all the pastas I've had at Otto (w/the exception of one overcooked dish) have been very good.

            2. DarthEater RE: Fida May 25, 2007 11:33 PM

              Bianca on Bleeker by bowery st. or Maxs on 4th & B is inexpensive.

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                jessfood RE: Fida May 26, 2007 12:48 AM

                Supper!!! Its a sister restaurant to Frank/Lil Frankies - I happen to like it the best of all three and the least typical Italian of the three (although you can totally get spaghetti bolognese if thats what you want). The pastas actually start around $10. It's on 2nd St just east of Ave A.

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                  Fida RE: Fida Jun 1, 2007 11:19 AM

                  Sorry for the delay, but it's more problematic since Chowhound changed format. Just wanted to thank you all. We ended up at Cacio e Pepe, but unfortunately I was very disappointed. (Sorry, RGR.) The tomatoes in the tomato salad were crisply unripe, the pasta was undercooked with gloppy sauce, the dessert was blandly ordinary. Maybe I picked a bad night?

                  Anyway, I still appreciated the replies, and hope to try some of the other suggestions in the future. (And, by the way, in a totally different area - the west 120s - I had a terrific, cheaper Italian dinner at Pisticci the other night.)

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                    cidonie RE: Fida Jun 1, 2007 11:34 AM

                    There's also Cucina di Pesce http://www.cucinadipesce.com/ . Definitely inexpensive.

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                      Pan RE: cidonie Jun 2, 2007 12:16 AM

                      Inexpensive, but I never thought it was good. What do you like there?

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                      RGR RE: Fida Jun 1, 2007 01:09 PM

                      Nothing to apologize for, Fida. We've only been there once, so I can only go by that one good meal. Lots of Hounds do seem to like it. Regardless, I'm sorry that your experience was so disappointing.

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                        Lucia RE: Fida Jun 1, 2007 01:16 PM

                        I just went to Cacio e Pepe Monday night and had 2 nice pastas (gnocchi and a fusili w/ricotta). Have been to the restaurant about 5 times now and it continues to be solid, in my opinion.

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                          janethepain RE: Lucia Jun 1, 2007 02:10 PM

                          Same with me. I went most recently last week and had a great tagliatelle (I think it was) with calamari. Maybe they do certain pastas better than others? I've always been a fan of the bucatini alla amatriciana.

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                            egit RE: janethepain Jun 1, 2007 02:18 PM

                            I went there two weeks ago and also had the bucatini as well. It was excellent. Though I find the experience of eating bucatini in general to be tedious and annoying.

                            I'd probably prefer farfalle with this sauce.

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                        Ineedit2Eat.it RE: Fida Jun 1, 2007 01:07 PM

                        In case you still haven'd decided on a place, I suggest Meskel which is on 199 E 3rd St, Btwn Ave A & B. Alhtough you were thinking Italian, perhaps you would be open to checking out Ethiopian. This place is great! Super cheap and unbelieveable food. Great for groups

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                          burp RE: Fida Jun 2, 2007 03:33 PM

                          Frank on 2nd ave. for pasta, Inotecca on Ludlow for italian tapas

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