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"Ethnic" food for girls night out?

bastet212 Mar 1, 2008 10:26 AM

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?!


  1. 280 Ninth Mar 1, 2008 10:45 AM

    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
      bastet212 Mar 1, 2008 10:55 AM

      great suggestion, cept i did alta last night :)

      i havent been to moustache though... hmmm

      1. re: bastet212
        idia Mar 1, 2008 11:04 AM

        I think you will all very much enjoy a Turkish delight at Zeytin (85th & Columbus)

    2. asianbun Mar 2, 2008 04:24 PM

      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
        Peter Cuce Mar 2, 2008 08:01 PM

        Terrible food.

        1. re: Peter Cuce
          JungMann Mar 3, 2008 05:39 AM

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

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        UES Mayor Mar 3, 2008 02:54 AM

        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
          bastet212 Mar 3, 2008 04:54 AM

          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
            280 Ninth Mar 3, 2008 06:28 AM

            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
              eeee Mar 3, 2008 09:44 AM

              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.

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          lmoy Mar 3, 2008 01:22 PM

          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. dkstar1 Mar 3, 2008 01:31 PM

            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
              MMRuth Mar 3, 2008 01:35 PM

              Definitely not their budget, IMO.

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