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Jun 28, 2007 10:47 PM

6 Restaurant recs under $60 p.p. all in

Will be in NY after three years, just for 4 nights :(. The last time I was here I was on a strict jobless budget so Matchstick_Girl_looked_in a lot! Reckon I'll have a total of 6 discretionary meals this time around but my budget really hasn't expanded that much. Looking for 6 *exceptional* value meals (under $60 p.p. all in) to make my trip. Filters (flexible) - primarily vegetarian palate. Love ethnic (except Indian .. I live in India so no Indian for obvious reasons). Really want to try Dominican (never have) and Ethiopian (had a great meal last time). I lot of people have recommended Dos Caminos and Sushi Samba, but I dunno, they seem somewhat frat-like. Also happy to scrounge on a few meals and have one nice splurge farewell meal. Suggestions, people? In your chow hands.

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  1. Just had a fantastic meal at Kefi last night on the UWS. I highly recommend it. Two of us had two entrees (grilled shrimp and orzo in a spicy tomato sauce; pork souvlaki with greek salad and another side of rice and spinach or something), one appetizer (grilled octopus and bean salad) and 2 drinks each (beer and wine) for a grand total of $40per person including generous tip. Cash only. Place is on 79th and Broadway.

    1. I would definitely check out Tabla (coming from India, you will definitely appreciate it). Chinatown Brasserie could be fun. For ethiopian, Queen of Sheba is still the best I've found in the city. For dominican, if you've got time head up to Dominicaland, which is the 170s, 180s, in the bronx, just ask around

      1. There are two Ethiopian places that we like: Meskerem (47th at 10th Ave) and Awash (Amsterdam at 107th). Both are great values for the dollar and the food is tasty. Awash also serves Ethiopian beer, if you are interested in that too.

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        1. re: LNG212

          Queen of Sheba is loads better than Meskerem. Haven't been to Awash.

        2. Dinner at Tabla starts at over $60, not all in, so consider it only for lunch or try the less expensive section, Tabla Bread Bar.

          Dominican - again, lunch is a good idea. Uptown, Restaurant Margot is the best; downtown either Joselito, Nuevo Amanecer or El Costillo de Jagua.

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          1. re: Wilfrid

            Yeah bread bar. I thought you could order a la carte @ Tabla though, can't you? In which case you can easily meet your budget.

          2. found lapalapa on st. marks and first to be great mexican food. it might not be THE BEST food per se, but it is delicious, good service unbelievable drinks and fun atmosphere, all for much less than rosa mexicano. definitely exceptional value for me.