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sickelka May 2, 2008 07:08 AM

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. JungMann RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 07:37 AM

    '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.

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      180macd RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 07:41 AM

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

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        simetrias RE: 180macd May 4, 2008 01:24 PM

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

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        sam1 RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 07:43 AM

        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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          JungMann RE: sam1 May 2, 2008 08:37 AM

          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.

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            sam1 RE: JungMann May 2, 2008 09:02 AM

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

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          pellegrino31 RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 08:06 AM

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

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            sickelka RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 09:51 AM

            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.

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              sickelka RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 09:59 AM

              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!

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                Lucia RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 11:17 AM

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

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                  sam1 RE: Lucia May 2, 2008 01:31 PM

                  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...

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                  blueyes425 RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 01:25 PM

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

                  1. misnatalie RE: sickelka May 2, 2008 04:39 PM

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

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                      OliveJuice123 RE: sickelka May 3, 2008 10:35 AM

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

                      1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: sickelka May 4, 2008 10:44 AM

                        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.

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                          Lau RE: sickelka May 4, 2008 11:14 AM

                          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.

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