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PNG Aug 29, 2007 12:01 PM

I need to find a place to eat tonight in Manhattan's Union Square that's not too expensive (maybe $10-15 for a main dish). Any recommendations?

  1. JungMann Aug 29, 2007 12:49 PM

    Friend of a Farmer, Republic, Havana Central, Mandler's

    1. kcijones001 Aug 29, 2007 12:51 PM

      try the coffee shop! its fantastic!

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      1. re: kcijones001
        Nikki NYC Aug 29, 2007 01:25 PM

        What dishes do you like at Coffee Shop? I have always found the food to be sub par but perhaps I am ordering wrong.

        1. re: Nikki NYC
          financialdistrictresident Aug 29, 2007 02:53 PM

          It's more of a lunch, brunch place. Outdoor seating is nice. Sometimes there is live music. IMO, food is fresh (not fantastic) and good. I generally order egg or salad dishes.

      2. kcijones001 Aug 29, 2007 12:52 PM

        Or Pete's Tavern!

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          Lucia Aug 29, 2007 12:56 PM

          Otto--well, it's pretty close
          Old Town for pub food

          1. inuksuk Aug 29, 2007 12:58 PM

            Chat and Chew, just off the square on E. 16th street is dependable and in your price range. http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/... Give them a call first, however, someone mentioned they might be closed for renovations.

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              PNG Aug 29, 2007 01:20 PM

              FYI-I called Chat n Chew and they are open.

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                N1k Dec 7, 2007 08:20 AM

                love havana central on 17th street. they have great mojitos and appetizers. Zen palace is another of my favorites- i feel like it's healthier than some of the other choices in union square.

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                1. re: N1k
                  JungMann Dec 7, 2007 08:45 AM

                  Zen Palace has closed. It slated to become a Fatty Crab next year.

                  1. re: JungMann
                    RGR Dec 7, 2007 09:51 AM

                    Small correction: It was Zen Palate. If the food was as horrible as what is served at their flagship location on 9th Av., then I think it's no great loss. Can't say anything about Fatty Crab since I've never been.

                    1. re: JungMann
                      ESNY Dec 7, 2007 10:38 AM

                      Correction, the Zen Palate on the UWS is slated to become Fatty Crab. Not sure what is going to the Union Sq. location.

                      1. re: ESNY
                        JungMann Dec 7, 2007 10:43 AM

                        Sorry...seems like the Times got it wrong and led quite a few people astray.

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                    fein Dec 7, 2007 11:05 AM

                    there is a patsys, spice and a decent mexican place on university. walk south a few blocks, you'll hit a few restaurants.

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