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pcpie331 Feb 8, 2008 06:34 AM


I am meeting a couple of friends for dinner tonight, wanted to stay in union square area.. any recommendations aside from coffee shop, blue water, not to pricey..

thanks much

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    KateI Feb 8, 2008 01:24 PM

    casa mono on irving place..tapas and very good

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    1. re: KateI
      RGR Feb 8, 2008 01:41 PM

      I think Casa Mono is going to be difficult to do on a $20-$30 budget unless the o.p. and friends have very tiny appetites.

      1. re: RGR
        MMRuth Feb 8, 2008 01:53 PM

        I agree - we routinely spend $200 there for lunch, albeit with large appetites and a penchant for a bottle of wine.

        Edit - I shouldn't say "routinely" - we don't go there routinely, but when we do, that's about the tab.

        1. re: MMRuth
          MB fka MB Feb 8, 2008 06:32 PM

          I think I need to get invited along for that lunch!

          FWIW, I do find that some of the dishes are rather large and rich, therefore filling. I am normally a hungry grrrrl and the pork cheeks was about too much for me on my last visit (saturday). (and awesome) $16 IIRC plus the bread is good and the house cured olives are fantastic.

    2. Steph80 Feb 8, 2008 11:48 AM

      union square cafe!!

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      1. re: Steph80
        Nikki NYC Feb 8, 2008 12:24 PM

        Do you think he can do that for $20 to $30 a person?

      2. Nikki NYC Feb 8, 2008 06:47 AM

        There are a lot of links talking about Union Square restaurants, but I'm happy to make recommendations. Do you like Indian or Asian food? There is a lot of that in the area that is reasonable. Also, about how much per person do you consider "reasonable"?

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          pcpie331 Feb 8, 2008 07:39 AM

          love asian food.. reasonable $20 - $30 per person...thanks

          1. re: pcpie331
            Nikki NYC Feb 8, 2008 11:26 AM

            On University there is L'Annan and Saigon Grill. Lemongrass Grill is between University and Broadway (12th Street?). Republic (noodles) is on USW - good food but noisy, you sit at picnic-style tables, and you are uncomfortably close to your neighbors. If you want really inexpensive, there is The Cottage on University at 15th - it is basic (but good) NYC Chinese food. There are sushi options, too, but I'm not sure you can get away with it at your price range. Hope this helps!

            1. re: Nikki NYC
              RGR Feb 8, 2008 01:38 PM

              If the food at the L'Annan on University is anything like its older sibling on 3rd Av., I would avoid it like proverbial plague. Awful!

              1. re: RGR
                bearmi Feb 8, 2008 07:00 PM

                It is. I know a lot of people eat there but it's not very good. The food there tasted like there is a Chinese chef in the kitchen and he replaced his soy sauce with fish sauce. I would recommend Saigon Grill.

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