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Best non-Italian, non-pizza lunch in East Village?

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rion Nov 18, 2008 07:08 AM

thanks

  1. ballulah Nov 18, 2008 07:53 PM

    Rice on Elizabeth between Houston and Bleecker. You pick the kind of rice from about 8 variations, then you pick what you want with your rice. I've been eating here for 10 years and it's very very difficult for me to order anything but the vegetarian "meatballs" in spicy sauce with cilantro rice. The "meatballs" are little, delicate cushions of soft tofu, mixed with red peppers (think flecks, not minced), coated in rice flour and flash fried, they are like savory donuts with crispy onions on top. Oh my. Seriously, I have dreams about these little guys. Cheap too.

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      lisalu Nov 18, 2008 02:06 PM

      Porchetta- fantastic pork sandwich or platter

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        BryanHarig Nov 18, 2008 01:44 PM

        Sangam, great rolls and biryani.

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        Sangam
        190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

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          kathryn Nov 18, 2008 10:01 AM

          For a little more expensive, I'd do Five Points, Momofuku Ssam Bar, or Prune.

          For a little cheaper, I'd do Ippudo. Or walk down to Clinton Street Baking Company.

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            silencespeak Nov 18, 2008 08:40 AM

            Caracas (7th btw 1st and A). Super good venezuelan arepas (crepe-like-pita with choice of filling). Cheap, 6-8 dollars per Arepa, very popular place. a favorite in east village for sure.

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