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Jan 19, 2008 04:30 PM

Outer boroughs restaurants less expensive?

Are restaurants in the outer boroughs a lot less expensive then restaurants in Manhattan?

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  1. Not necessarily. It depends on many factors,including, but not limited to, type of cuisine, neighborhood, whether or not the space is rented or owned, family run, etc.

    1. I could tell you wear to go in Queens or Brooklyn for a 3 dollar dinner, but I could direct you to much more expensive stuff. It depends on area, cuisine, etc.

      1. If you are comparing apples to apples, then I'd say yes, Brooklyn can be a bit less expensive. The entrees in a typical upscale restaurant in Brooklyn will be a few dollars less (but just a few, $2 or $3) and entrees tend not to go above the high $20s (where many similar places in Manhattan might have $30 entrees). I find wine by the glass to be priced a couple dollars cheaper than in Manhattan. So you don't necessarily come to a white-tablecloth restaurant in Brooklyn for a bargain; on the other hand, you probably feel a bit less ripped off than when you are go for a similar meal in midtown.

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        1. re: Bookistan

          I'd agree, though I would think Brooklyn is probably the most costly of the Outer Boroughs. Staten Island restaurants are generally pretty reasonable, but for non residents there is hefty toll plus the cost of gas. There might be hidden gems in the Bronx, but except for Arthur Ave, I am unfamiliar.
          Queens is probably the best value.

          1. re: Tay

            Sorry, misread the question. My comments specifically have to do with Brooklyn brownstone neighborhoods.

            1. re: Bookistan

              Remember: There are lovely brownstones in Bed/Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Sunset Park, etc.
              I imagine you are referring to The Hts, PS. and possibly Bay Ridge. :-}

              1. re: Bookistan

                Brownsville has brownstones... Brownsville is very cheap. 2 dollar chicken galore! East New York has some brownstones. Bed Stuy probably has more brownstones than any area in Brooklyn, depending on your area definition of Bed Stuy (it varies veeery heavily and may or may not include lots of silly Yuppified name changes or whether you're asking different groups ei. many blacks will still say Bed Stuy as far off as Bushwick, Cypress Hills, Crown Heights, all of Clinton, Boerum, Ft Greene, etc.

                1. re: JFores

                  Yes... Lots of brownstones throughout Brooklyn and not only in the astronomically pricey neighborhoods

            2. re: Bookistan

              I would agree with you with the exception of the Chinatowns. I haven't found much of a price difference, at least with the restaurants.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Someone isn't going to the right parts of Brooklyn unless we're talking exclusively Slope and Brooklyn Heights here (both of which are pretty much ghost towns for food anyway.)

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  Reasonably priced ethnic food that doesn't revolve around some ever changing and hilarious concept of the word "organic" that is.