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20th street and 2nd avenue restaurants

rudman Mar 21, 2008 09:30 PM

Any good eating places around this area? I am traveling with five others and staying in an apartment in this area. Suggestions for breakfast and dinner would be appreciated.

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    jthefoodie RE: rudman Mar 21, 2008 09:42 PM

    Cuisine, price, ambiance (trendy/casual/formal/etc.) will help us help you!

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      rudman RE: jthefoodie Mar 21, 2008 10:02 PM

      something close to the area, casual, moderately priced and most any cuisine would work. Being close to 353 2nd most important.

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        small h RE: rudman Mar 22, 2008 03:38 AM

        I've had many fine diner breakfasts at Cosmos on the corner of 23rd & 2nd. On the same block, Bao Noodles is reasonably priced Vietnamese, with a little bit of attitude and fancy drinks. Molly's, for pints and burgers, is on 3rd Ave. between 23rd & 24th. Pongsri Thai on 2nd & 19th is decent, also.

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          ESNY RE: small h Mar 22, 2008 04:51 PM

          A few corrections... Molly's is on 3rd btwn 22nd (great shepherds pie too) and 23rd and Pongrsi closed down.

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            small h RE: ESNY Mar 22, 2008 05:09 PM

            Whoops! Thanks for cleaning up after me. I didn't know Pongsri was gone - too bad.

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            RGR RE: small h Mar 22, 2008 05:05 PM

            Re: Bao Noodles. We haven't experienced any problems with attitude. However, with the exception of the pho, I've found that the quality of the food has taken a disappointing downward slide.

            I agree that the burger at Molly's is excellent. Skip the mediocre fries in favor of the tasty onion rings.

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        valerie RE: rudman Mar 22, 2008 06:23 AM

        Ess-a-bagel on 21st & 1st for breakfast or Coopertown Diner on 20th & 1st.

        Petite Abeille on 20th & 1st.


        Posto for pizza, 2nd & 18th


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          foody1964 RE: rudman Mar 22, 2008 09:11 PM

          Must try Rolf''s ( 3 ave & 22nd ) even if just for a drink. It is quite the interesting place.

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            RGR RE: foody1964 Mar 23, 2008 06:24 AM

            For drinks, if you must, but definitely do *not* eat there!

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            cimui RE: rudman Mar 23, 2008 06:38 AM

            Casa Mono, a Spanish tapas place, is right by you on 17th st. and Irving Place (the equivalent of 4th Ave).

            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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              skepner169 RE: rudman Mar 23, 2008 07:06 AM

              Coppola's on third avenue in the upper 20s is very good italian. Pasta entrees are about $12-18 and most other entrees will run about $15-25. It is a nice restaurant in that area and won't break the bank.


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                RGR RE: skepner169 Mar 23, 2008 09:27 AM

                I most vehemently disagree about Coppola's. It has some of the the *worst& Italian food in the area!

                If they're going to head a bit away from their immediately vicinity, Via Emilia, on 21st St., just west of Park Av. S., would be a far better option. The homemade pastas are excellent, with the lasagna being a standout. Note: They don't take reservations, and it's cash only.


                Paul & Jimmy's also serves much better Italian fare than Coppola's. It's on 18th St., b/t Irving Pl. & Park Av. S.


              2. LeahBaila RE: rudman Mar 23, 2008 09:33 AM

                If you're willing to walk a bit, I'd suggest:
                The Smith & Ess-a-Bagel for bkfasts

                For dinner: Ethos, Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine, Bao Noodles, Via Emilia, Periyali, L'Express (for dinner or bkfast)


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