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Need an inexpensive (adventurous?!) place for dinner/date tonight downtown or what is your opinion on Pardo's?

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jdream Jul 7, 2007 05:53 AM

I'm trying to find some place to go out tonight with my BF but we are on a very tight budget right now. I can spend up to $40 including tax, tip, etc-- total (meaning for both of us, not each). Any type of food, does not need to be pretty or romantic :) Just looking for some great food on a budget that might be a fun little adventure to get to or eat at. So if it's off the beaten path or more than just a little obscure, that's even better! Preferably we'd like to stay downtown, east or west is fine.

My standby for a cheap date for us is always Chinatown. We normally go to New Green Bo or Noodletown... but am open to other places in that area too.

Thanks in advance!

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    eeee Jul 7, 2007 06:36 AM

    hmm... for something a little different, how about Ethiopian, like Meskel in the East Village?

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      Genna G Jul 7, 2007 07:17 AM

      My friend recently went to Pizza Gruppo and he said that the pizza was the best pizza he's ever had. They have a bar too apparently. You and your bf could split a gourmet pie and a great beer. That could be fun!

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        Lucia Jul 7, 2007 09:10 AM

        Caracas Arepa Bar would fit into your budget. I haven't been to Pardo's but have walked by. It looks surprisingly nice and upscale for the food price.

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          NinaNYC Jul 7, 2007 02:14 PM

          Re Pardo's, I wouldn't call it all that adventurous -- they're kind of a one-trick pony with the chicken, and it's something American palates can easily take to -- but it's very tasty and very cheap (at least, cheap by west village standards and/or most of manhattan south of 125th st). Portions are huge: my friend and I split a whole chix (for like 15 bucks) and it was way too much, so I'd recommend a half chix with some yuca fries and salad or two...or get the whole and take it home for lunch tomorrow! Friendly service and cozy atmosphere.

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