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West Village Eats

Hi,
I have tried searching the board for information on this, but I haven't found exactly what I am looking for. I am trying to find local cheap eats for regular week days. My friend does not like crazy food, and we have become stuck in a rut of going either to Corner Bistro or Benny's Burritos everytime we don't feel like cooking. Now, I love Corner Bistro, and Benny's is great for margaritas and the food is passable, but if I am paying to eat out, I want to enjoy my food.
Does anyone know any cheap eats in the west village that are great for lingering and drinking and catching up and serves quality food?

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  1. 'ino, Shag, La Lanterna. My favorite place of all would be Lederhosen where I can relax with a liter of beer and a few sausages for less than I'd pay for an appetizer elsewhere.

    1. Hudson Falafel, Momma Buddha, Pepe Verde, 8th Street Wine Cellar, Tavern on Jane, Isla, Gaetana.

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      1. re: 180macd

        Agree on Hudson Falafel (chicken tawouk platter), Isla, but Pepe Verde is quite ordinary, and not that cheap. Go next store to Da Andrea.

      2. i dont go to corner bistro anymore unless its 2am on a tuesday. the crowd is usually pretty awful and the burgers are not as good when theyre crowded.

        i go to tavern on jane across the street instead...awesome bar food, a great burger, great bartender, and good crowd.

        ino is solid...so is moustache for great middle eastern...they deliver if the wait is too long for a table. there's da andrea for italian, stand for burgers, french roast is ok for diner food...there's lots of places.

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        1. re: sam1

          I debated recommending Moustache because it's so popular, but I find it cramped, I don't think they have drinks and I dislike the food. I grew up on proper Middle-Eastern food, though, so perhaps the bar might be set a little higher.

          1. re: JungMann

            probably...i just go for their merguez sandwich...i love it.

        2. The above recs are good, and I'd also add Cafe Asean for good pan-Asian food and pretty cheap.

          1. Thanks so much for the recommendations! I will definitely try pushing some of these new places with my friends we are trying to decide where to go/what to do.

            1. Oh, also, I should mention we all live on the very northwest edge of the village, so neighborhoody Chelsea haunts near there are welcome too!

              1. Tavern on Jane, Spotted Pig, Cafe de Bruxelles, Elephant & Castle.

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                1. re: Lucia

                  elephant and castle is surprisingly very solid for a simple meal. i go there after the gym sometimes for a salad...everything is very tasty.

                  gottino is more of a nice date spot but i go there now for italian meats and cheeses as well...

                2. Da Andrea is very reasonable if you just want a glass of wine and a nice pasta ($10-$15 for pasta, i think).

                  1. Grano Trattoria on Greenwich Ave. I
                    The Insalata Contadina is great, home made pasta dishes $10-15, GREAT pizzas, relaxed vibe, consistently good food

                    1. Westville! Or 2nd (or 3rd...) Da Andrea

                      1. I researched Ino based on a response in this thread and it sounded great so we went last night before going out for a friend's birthday in the WV-- we LOVED it!!! It is adorable, the food and wine were great, the waitress was so sweet, and it is so affordable.

                        1. try pardo, i like their rotisserie chicken. Rockmeisha is a good japanese izakaya (i.e. tapas) type place, i like their ramen as well and i think they have the best gyoza in the city.