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A few of us girls are going out tonight and one of us requested "ethnic" food. She basically means not italian, french, american, or even japanese. Anything else ( indian, cuban, ethiopian, etc) would probably do. Were pen to any cuisine, anywhere in manhattan....

the clincher is wed like it to be inexpensive (entrees < $15). Ive been perusing indian restaurants and many seem to verge on a little pricey. It should also be a fun place.... any suggestions?!

thanks!

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  1. Tapas, perhaps? Either Tia Pol or Alta might fit the bill....

    For cheap ethnic, there's always Moustache, Moroccan/Middle Eastern....

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    1. re: 280 Ninth

      great suggestion, cept i did alta last night :)

      i havent been to moustache though... hmmm

      1. re: bastet212

        I think you will all very much enjoy a Turkish delight at Zeytin (85th & Columbus)
        http://www.zeytinny.com/menuler.html

    2. why not try the indian place on 1st ave between 5th and 6th street, upstairs on the left hand side?

      guaranteed good time. and totally inexpensive.

      It's one of those places with chili pepper lights, christmas lights, halloween and chanukah decorations, valentine day hearts, and easter egg decor, and every few minutes they turn off the lights, and everyone sings a bollywood version of "Happy Birthday To You" even if it's not your birthday. Must be experienced.

      I went there recently with a crowd of 8, ate till we were full, and the bill was only $15 each.

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      1. re: asianbun

        Terrible food.

        1. re: Peter Cuce

          Ditto. Bears absolutely no resemblance to the cuisine it purports to serve. Calling that food Indian should qualify as a hate crime.

      2. less than $15/entree? better stay home and save for a more realistic meal.or perhaps Korean bbq would fit the bill

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        1. re: UES Mayor

          oh now i just have to say, thats not true at all. There are lots of places with 15$ and under entrees...yeah, a large portion of the restaurants are over that, but i can probably name a dozen good ones, without blinking, that would fit the bill. food doesnt have to be pricey to be good- a lot of new yorkers forget that.

          we ended up at tsampa....food was just fine, but we had a good time anyways.

          1. re: bastet212

            I agree about getting food value for under $15....if you do even a little searching about you can find scads of restaurants serving good ethnic fare for $15 or under. Are there bad choices to be had? Of course, but then there's plenty of pricy places with poorly prepared food, as well.

            1. re: 280 Ninth

              how about Zerza in the East Village - Moroccan. Many entrees around 14 or 15 dollars, good atmosphere. Light eaters will be fine with an appetizer or two.

        2. I second the recommendation for Moustache. Also, I stumbled into an Afghani restaurant on 3rd Ave with a friend a few months ago and we were both very happy with the food. Entrees right around $15. http://www.bamiyan.com/Menu.shtml

          1. It's obviously too late, and not exactly in your budget, but Tabla Bread Bar is a safe bet I'd think. Not really Indian, but "ethnic-esque". Plus there always seems to be groups of girls in the there (downstairs)....

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            1. re: dkstar1

              Definitely not their budget, IMO.