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Aug 7, 2008 12:03 AM
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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...

thx

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    1. balthazar, 80 spring street.

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

        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.