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Inexpensive Restaurants with Ambiance

I have a list of 80 restaurants to try in the city, and almost none of them are places to go on a budget! Help!!

Would much appreciate a list (expensive opinions not necessary) of people's recommendations for restaurants with inexpensive entrees, anywhere in the city.

Examples that I love would be Alias, 'ino, Barmarche, Essex, even Momofuku (which I do love and it is cheap, but not as sceney as I'm looking for, for this list) Think: menupages with three dollar signs.

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  1. piadina
    casa
    prince 24
    perbacco
    cafe asean
    viet cafe
    otto
    mercadito

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    1. re: 180macd

      piadina was my first thought.

      1. re: 180macd

        Second Cafe Asean, also like Alta and Kashkaval (though ambiance was better there before they swicthed to those harsher lights).

      2. el quinto pino
        Bread (SoHo or TriBeCa)
        'inoteca
        Crif Dogs!
        Momofuku (all of them)
        Bao Noodles
        Penelope
        Landmarc
        Tartine

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        1. re: dkstar1

          I have to say that with the exception of the pho, the food I've had within the past year at Bao Noodles has deteriorated in quality. Very disappointing. :-(

          1. re: RGR

            Da Andrea, great Italian on Hudson, very well priced.

        2. Marinella, on Carmine and Bedford has decently priced Italian food in a very nice quiet setting.

          1. I think anytime you are on a budget, the best places are the ones with good tapas. Otto is a great choice, as would boqueria or Las Ramblas. Also, 'inoteca is a great atmosophere and they have good paninis and it won't cost you too much.

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            1. re: offthebeatenpath1

              Afaik, Otto does not serve tapas. It sounds as though you're confusing it with Batali's Spanish tapas spot, Casa Mono.