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Oct 25, 2008 10:33 AM

inexpensive, un-trendy dinner tonight in Meatpacking District: an impossible dream?

My friend, her boyfriend, and I are going a party tonight at the Gansevoort Hotel and would like to have dinner beforehand someplace nearby. We would like to spend no more than $50pp and aren't interested in a "scene." Any type of cuisine will do. I'm a total 'hound, and while they're not as adventurous as I am (In terms of spiciness, offal, ordering food off foreign-language menus having no idea you're getting, etc), they have a predilection for quality over flash.

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  1. What about Vento Trattoria on Hudson? Reasonably priced and I think the food is good. It is not a "scene" as Pastis is or was, but it is not really fly under the radar. I also like Fig & Olive on 13th. It is much larger than the one uptown.

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    1. re: jacquelines

      how about La Nacional on 14th and 7th - close enough to the Meatpacking District and delicious! sometimes I miss Rio Mar...

    2. I am a concierge in the Meatpacking District. Here are my recommendations: Los Dados, Vento or Highline (Thai). Both great choices where you should be able to eat for less than 50pp for two entrees, couple of drinks etc.

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      1. re: nlmnyc

        El Faro is untrendy, It was on Horatio St. long before the Meat Packing area was trendy

      2. The Diner on 14th Street. It has awesome food, wallet friendly and has a fun scene. Try the Kobe Beef Sliders.

        1. Thanks so much for the suggestions everyone. We ended up at Los Dados, and it was just right.