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12th and A

I'm moving this week to East 12th Street and Avenue A. I've lived in the West Village for 2 years, so I know that side of town pretty well, but what are your favorite restaurants in this area? I'm particularly interested in anything moderately priced (on a college student budget here) and I'm on a gluten-free diet, so I'm not the biggest fan of Italian food, as it's difficult unless they have a GF menu.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. A few to get you started:
    Artichoke, Max, Momofuku (All), Westville East

      1. westville east is right over there and will be yr new favorite joint.

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        1. re: sam1

          I've walked by there a few times, and it looks really good. Any recommendations?

          1. re: whitneybee

            The burger. So, so good. I like it with Swiss and grilled onions but in any event the juice is tastily soaked up by a delicious Portuguese bun.

            I also dig the corn on the cob. Generally speaking, I prefer to go in small groups in order to taste a bunch of the veggie market sides (brussel sprouts and fennel are always great bets).

        2. Try Terroir. The new Wine Bar in the area.

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          1. re: peachtart

            Terroir is overpriced and the food is nothing to write home about. Avoid it, especially since you're on a student budget!

          2. Gramstand is a great tea shop over there as well. With free wifi it is also a perfect place for studying.

            1. I live very close... here are my reccos (all are reasonably priced):

              Westville East
              Back Forty (Amercian/organic/locavore)
              Sapporo East (sushi/japanese)
              Chickpea (mediterranean)
              Cafecito (cuban)
              Vamos (mexican)
              Barbone (northern italian, lots more than pasta)

              Terroir is fantastic, and there are lots of small plates that are reasonably priced, not to mention a happy hour menu with drink specials. Definitely try it - 12th between 1st and A. Drop Off Service on 13th and A also has a great happy hour, $3-5 drinks.

              1. Welcome to the neighborhood! I also live at 12th and A...I second Barbone. I also love Pata Negra, the wine bar on 12th and 2nd...it's also next to S'Mac, the best mac and cheese place - but not very non-gluten friendly. Angelica (12th btw 1st and 2nd) is also good for vegetarian food

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                1. re: evfoodie

                  S'Mac just introduced GF Mac & Cheese. Needless to say, it's the one place in the neighborhood I've already tried.