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Mar 21, 2008 09:30 PM

20th street and 2nd avenue restaurants

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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    1. re: jthefoodie

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

      1. re: rudman

        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.

        1. re: small h

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

          1. re: ESNY

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

          2. re: small h

            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.

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

        Petite Abeille on 20th & 1st.

        Posto for pizza, 2nd & 18th

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

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          1. re: foody1964

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

          2. 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

            1. 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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              1. re: skepner169

                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.