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New Places on the Cheap

My foodie friend is in town and I want to bring him to a new place (opened in the last year) that is not too expensive. We can go anywhere in Manhattan and are looking to pay no more than $40 a person (including tax and tip) Thanks!

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  1. this is for tonight! Thursday..thanks

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    1. re: chadradchad

      Help us out by narrowing down a couple of cuisines and parts of town. Thanks!

      www.thelunchbelle.com

    2. East Village, GV, West Village, Chelsea, (anywhere below Midtown)

      Thanks!

      I was thinking: Alta, Tia Pol, Merkato 55, elettaria.

      Any of these worth going?

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      1. re: chadradchad

        Alta is fabulous! Great sangria too!

        1. re: Feaster18

          Alta is fabulous, but actually not new, as it been there for a number of years. Go anyway.

        2. re: chadradchad

          Alta would be a fantastic choice (though it is not new). I've had great dinners with wine for $35pp there.

          If you're looking for something new, check out Zarza and Momofuku Ssam Bar.

          1. re: JungMann

            Thanks! I have tentative res at Zarza. Is Alta usually crowded?

            1. re: chadradchad

              Alta does tend to be crowded so I would make reservations if you were thinking about going there.

              1. re: JungMann

                I suggested La Zarza and he struck it down..sounding not too excited. ..alta only has 630 and he has been momofuku! What next?

                1. re: chadradchad

                  What did he not like about La Zarza? Too much meat? Too heavy? If he wants to go lighter, try Kuma Inn, BarFry, Chinatown Brasserie, Kampuchea, Suba or Tia Pol.

          2. re: chadradchad

            Tia Pol is great. Have had a good cheese plate at Alta. Haven't been to the others.

            1. re: Lucia

              yah..the tapas went out the window (one doesn't eat meat, only fish).. any thoughts on resto, or market table? both are full..but for walk-ins. sorry for being difficult!

              1. re: chadradchad

                Market Table would be great, but I don't think you're going to get a seat as a walk-in, though BarFry might work for the group. If you're open to Belgian, try Markt.

                1. re: chadradchad

                  Market Table is good if you can get in. I've only been to Resto once and didn't like it.

                  1. re: Lucia

                    Tried Market Table, nothing until 10 PM. I have to impress him. what to do? he is into market food...

                      1. re: JungMann

                        Whoa Jungman you are a wealth of knowledge!

                        1. re: chadradchad

                          Glad to be helpful. I've got picky friends so I know your frustration! Let us know where you end up and how it goes.

                      2. re: chadradchad

                        Not all market food, but in the W Vill, I like Lupa, Po, August, Snack Taverna. Also, 'ino is great for something more intimate/casual.

                          1. re: chadradchad

                            We ended up going to Po, it was FANTASTIC. Thanks y'all.