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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?

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

    1. try the coffee shop! its fantastic!

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      1. re: kcijones001

        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

          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.

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

          1. 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.

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

              1. 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

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

                  1. re: JungMann

                    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

                      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

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

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