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Lower East Side, need cheap or reasonable and good!

mslex Jun 5, 2008 07:01 PM

I don't eat out much on LES except for brunch at Essex and Katz's here and there. I am looking for a place for dinner tomorrow night on either cheap eats or reasonable. Near Grand and Essex would be best. I am also curious about insane wait times and would prefer some where that doesn't take forever(asking alot!).

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    Lucia RE: mslex Jun 5, 2008 07:09 PM

    Clinton St. Bakery is nice for dinner, and the waits are not what they are for dinner--I waited about 20 mins for a table for 2 on a Saturday.

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      relativeways1 RE: Lucia Jun 5, 2008 08:39 PM

      I've only been to Clinton St. Bakery once, and that was for brunch...1.5 hrs, but so delicious...do you know why the wait isn't as long for dinner? Was it the time, or are they just more well known for their breakfasts/brunches?

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        kathryn RE: relativeways1 Jun 6, 2008 07:57 AM

        They are definitely more well known for breakfasts/brunches.

    2. LeahBaila RE: mslex Jun 6, 2008 05:47 AM

      Tre would work for you...solid Italian eats at reasonable prices...nice space, to boot


      1. Jel212 RE: mslex Jun 6, 2008 06:05 AM

        Open the Sesame seems to be popular - I went way back when they opened, and don't remember being thrilled, but they've revamped the entire place - and scored a liquor license - http://menupages.com/restaurantdetail...

        Also, it's a bit more north, but you can always eat dirt cheaply on 6th street for Indian - I like Spice Cove. Some folks on here don't like that strip of restaurants, but as a non-uber-sophisticated-palate person, I've been very happy with some of the places.

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          jsmitty RE: mslex Jun 6, 2008 06:32 AM

          i say tides

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            maggiej RE: mslex Jun 6, 2008 12:58 PM

            We like Frankies Spuntino on Court. Not cheap, but really well priced for what you get. And quite decent house wine.

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              ballulah RE: maggiej Jun 6, 2008 01:15 PM

              Frankie's on Court is in Brooklyn, not the LES.

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                mjh5821 RE: ballulah Jun 6, 2008 01:20 PM

                I know there's a branch that opened on the LES too.

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                  kathryn RE: mjh5821 Jun 6, 2008 02:50 PM

                  The Manhattan one is called Frankie's 17. 17 because it's 17 Clinton St.


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              FuDee RE: mslex Jun 6, 2008 01:03 PM

              Isabella's Oven for what might be the best brick oven pizza in NYC.


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                shivohum RE: FuDee Jun 8, 2008 05:32 PM

                Apparently they changed chefs months ago. I ate at it recently (I hadn't eaten at it before the change in chefs) and didn't think it was anything special.

                The Vegetarian New Yorker: http://vegny.blogspot.com/

              2. ballulah RE: mslex Jun 6, 2008 01:07 PM

                It gets a bad rap for being a bit of a hipster sink hole, but I've had really delicious food at Schiller's, and gotten away with spending $30-40 a head with shared apps, a main course and wine. The wait can be bad, but you might luck out and score a table right away. I was told there'd be an hour and a half wait at Inoteca one night and mosied over to Schiller's and was seated right away.

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                  Drew E RE: ballulah Jun 6, 2008 03:29 PM

                  Agree with Schiller's. Get there early (six isn't bad) before the deluge of people. Inoteca at Ludlow and Rivington has excellent 'small plate' italian and a killer wine list.

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                  davy RE: mslex Jun 6, 2008 05:55 PM

                  congee village; supper; tides; sombrero; banjara....

                  1. bread for breakfast RE: mslex Jun 7, 2008 06:13 AM

                    Cafe Katja on Orchard has great Austrian food at really reasonable prices. Homemade pretzels are $3, Spaetzle is $16. It's a sweet place.

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                      expat108 RE: mslex Jun 7, 2008 06:48 AM


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