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May 21, 2008 10:46 AM

Best cheap eats in E.vill/U.Square area?

wanted to get a quick cheap bite at shake shack tomorrow night with a couple friends, but heard the rain might be coming our way, and dont want to risk getting stuck sitting outside in bad weather. so we're looking for an alternative spot - doesnt have tobe too similar at all (not looking just for burgers - im too loyal to the shack), and doesn't have to be quite shake shack prices, but wanted to keep in the cheap eats game. will be meeting right in u.square, so nearby is good, but we can walk a little. we all like just about every type of food i.e. ethnic is good, as long as there are some vegetable based options (one veggie in the group.)

any suggestions much appreciated!!

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  1. SEA (Thai)...2nd Avenue between 4th & 5th
    Momfuko Noodle Bar...1st Avenue between 10th & 11th
    Kabab Garden - 1st near St. Marks

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    1. re: kcijones001

      re: Kebab Garden--first time I ate there, about 6 months ago, it was pretty good. Had that authentic Turkish thing going on. But today--TOTALLY different story.

      The hummus--definitely instant. Not even canned--instant. It was powdery and so salty I couldn't eat it. The salads were stretched thin with finely chopped white onion. The chicken was tasteless, rubbery and dry. Rice was oily. The okra--from a can. Why can't they use cheap frozen stuff? Canned Okra? YUCK!! Tzatziki--which I'd hoped would be labneh--was probably canned as well. This was absolutely disgusting, revolting, inedible food--bottom of the barrel. STAY AWAY. Plus, they raised their prices to $6.99/lb.

    2. Ippudo for out-of-this-world Japanese ramen. 9th St. and 4th Ave.

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      1. re: librakitty

        2d Ippudo--went there on a rainy night recently, and it was very good.

        1. re: Lucia

          Although some people might argue that $13/bowl of ramen isn't really cheap eats per se....

          1. re: kathryn

            if i dont love ramen, i wouldnt like ippudo...fair assumption?

            1. re: sam1

              Pretty much. They have other stuff on the menu (lots of mediocre reviews for the appetizers), but are known for the ramen.

      2. Nice Japanese place called Ennju (not sure of the spelling) right off Broadway and 17th I believe.... pretty fast, cheap, and yummy food.... nice little crowd too. It's totally casual, basically a cafeteria.

        1. Artichoke Basille's Pizza on 14th St, cheap and yummy

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          1. re: misnatalie

            Problem is, their hours are inconsistent.

          2. Veselka on 2nd Avenue and 9th street. An array of options.