Top five lunch spots in the East Village?
1) Max (hands down favorite italian in this area)
2) Rai Rai Ken (love the ramen and gyoza here- very hearty and delicious)
3) Hummus Place (the hummus is beyond amazing)
4) Dumpling Man (love, love the pork dumplings.. i hear the specials are fantastic too)
I don't have a number 5 since I am still discovering my new neighborhood.. but I heard that Pylos (Greek) and Cafe Mogador are supposed to be really, really good too.
Tsmapa for Tibetan and Mingala for Burmese are great as well. A main dish is $9-$12 at both. Fries at Pomme Frites could really serve as a whole meal and the American Diner on 2nd and 5th or 6th has recently added GoGo Curry to it's menu. Seriously good and cheap Japanese style curry. I gotta second Minca too. Plenty of ramen options in the vicinity, but that's my favorite. And Mama's Food Shop for soul food.