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I am going to dinner tonight in the East Village and could use some recommendations.... something cozy with good food but not too expensive. My friend does not want Italian and unfortunately that's the only kind of restaurant I really go to in the EV. Any help would be great. Thanks

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  1. you could try itzocan cafe

    1. Perhaps Zerza--Moroccan

      1. there is some pretty good Moroccan food at Cafe Mogador on st. marks bet 1st and A. you could also try Momofuku noodle bar which just opened up in a bigger space for some good ramen(or ramen setagaya for more traditional ramen). there's a bunch of indian on 1st and then down 5th street. indian curry mahal is probably my favorite of the lot. their korma and chana poori are to die for. i mean there really are so many options. do you have a cuisine you'd want more so than others? obviously not Italian...

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        1. re: artfuldestruct

          Thanks for the suggestions - Cafe Mogador looks pretty good. I did a little more research and came up with a few more places as well. have you been to Tree, Casmir, or Esperanto?

          1. re: jennie07

            Casmir is just ok, IMO. Love Esperanto!

        2. mermaid inn, boca chica, jacks oyster bar, five points, inoteca (oops italian). do you have a type of food you want?

          1. Pylos is very good if you like Greek food. Nice space and good service to boot!

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            1. re: Jill

              i was going to add pylos. i didn't know if it was too pricey.

              1. re: fein

                It's definitely moderately priced. I went with two friends and we ate a ton. It came out to being about $50 per person, but we didn't have any alcohol, so there's that...

            2. Momofuku, Momofuku Ssam, Mermaid Inn

              1. I would suggest OG on 6th st. It's a great value and they always have a really nice variety of entrees, fish and dumplings, especially when you consider their specials. They have wine, beer and sake.