freds is my go to restaurant, they make a great burger. casual atmosphere, good food and lots of pics of dogs on the wall. la vela is good, not too expensive casual italian. cilantro is good for southwest/mex.
While I am a fan of Celeste, I find the food and ambiance a bit more to my liking at Genarro. Plus the line is usually longer at Celeste Both good inexpensive Italian and both Cash Only. Gennaro is on 92nd and Amst