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Aug 7, 2008 12:03 AM

Spots closer to Houston and Lafayette

Not peculier in any variety. Anyone want to recommend any spots for dinner near Houston and Lafaytte. I'll be working in the area tomorrow...


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    1. balthazar, 80 spring street.

      1. cafe habana though its stupid crowded these days
        ed's lobster bar
        la esquina

        1. I like the suggestions thus far for Bianca, Ed's, and Nolita House. I'll add in Noho Star. And for very good (though a bit overpriced) Italian, there's also Emilio's Ballato -- home to quite an amazing cannoli.

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          1. re: big o

            Noho star is way over priced tho.

            1. re: 2slices

              I wouldn't say "way" overpriced, though there are certainly items that should cost less. The place does go the extra distance for their food, though. The BLT with fried egg and avocado -- served with house-made soy-sauce pickles, house-made potato chips topped with fried rosemary and aioli, and paper-thin slices of lemon in the sandwich itself -- is definitely worth the $12 they charge. And the roasted garlic burger (paired with the same sides as above) also includes a whole deep-fried garlic bulb.

              Some of the desserts reach a modest level of greatness as well. My favorite is the coconut tapioca with caramelized bananas and strawberries.

          2. Lunch or dinner? I love Bianca, but I believe it's dinner-only. Caffe Falai is great and also has terrific coffee/pastries, especially the cream-filled bomboloni.