Spots closer to Houston and Lafayette
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.
I have very few favorites in that particular area, even though it is on the border to Little Italy and I love Italian everything! If you want to sit comfortably, have fantastic Italian, and see a collection of original art, even some rumored to have been created by Andy Warhol (who used to eat there all the time...) I would venture over to Emilio's Ballato on Houston, between Mott and Mulberry, just one block up from Lafayette. Also, see this link for a very recent review: http://www.inabbondanza.com/journal/2...
I've lived there a long time. Here's my list.
My best options, in no order:
Barbossa - great paninis, non-traditional ingredients (eliz b/w houston & mott)
Despana - Awesome sandwiches; all ham and cheese imported from spain (broome b/w lafayette & centre)
Alleva - best meatball hero I ever had, little out of the way (Grand @ mulberry)
Saigon Bahn Mi - They're $2.50 or something and way super yum (broome & Mott)
Pinche Tacqueria - took a while to get off their feet but its great now (mott b/w Prine Sping)
Soho Park - makes list mostly the green house setting tho fries are good and the chicken sandwich as well. I've always heard mixed things about the burger.
Hampton Chutney - non traditional Dosa's. I dont go often but is good
Crosby Connection: gets a lotta love, but too much bread for me
Bianca: is only dinner unfortunately
Habana: is more over rated than Cher. but the corn = good
Lite Delights: avoid like the plague, I dont know why people eat it?
Rice: food is a total snooze but people tout it, (veg meatballs are ok)
Delicatessen: just opened, I hear it's yummy, same ppl as cafeteria