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Low-key Sat night dinner in Nolita--entrees under $20

prdct Dec 5, 2008 07:54 AM

I'm having dinner with a friend tomorrow night before going to a 10pm party on Mott and Spring. We would like to eat nearby but I am blanking on ideas. I was thinking something along the lines of Little Giant which I have always wanted to try, but the prices look a little steep for this occassion--I'd like to take it just one notch down. It is fine if some entrees are over $20 but I'd like to at least be able to get a bowl of pasta (if the place happens to be Italian) for under that (ie. no Peasant). I'm not a fan of Cafe Habana. Any cuisine is fine, and we may just end up going to chinatown, but any ideas for something in the immediate vicinity?

  1. LeahBaila Dec 5, 2008 08:01 AM

    Check out Aroma: http://www.aromanyc.com/menu.html

    www.thelunchbelle.com

    1. malibu Dec 5, 2008 08:08 AM

      La Esquina Cafe'?

      1. egit Dec 5, 2008 09:43 AM

        You may want to check out Bread on Spring st. Inexpensive, tasty food.

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        1. re: egit
          prdct Dec 5, 2008 09:55 AM

          Good suggestion--I like Bread. I looked at the Aroma menu and it did not appeal. I prefer La Esquina Cafe for quick takeout rather than sitting, but also a good suggestion. I would love more suggestions if they are out there.

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          EBT Dec 5, 2008 10:48 AM

          Not sure if this fits the bill, but Nolita House on Bowery and Mott (ish) serves comfort food around your price point. It turns into a laid back bar scene later, which may or may not be to your liking.

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          1. re: EBT
            LeahBaila Dec 5, 2008 11:02 AM

            Second NH

            www.thelunchbelle.com

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            bastet212 Dec 5, 2008 10:51 AM

            How about cafe gitane?

            1. prdct Dec 8, 2008 11:23 AM

              Thanks for all the suggestions. We ended up at Ed's Lobster Bar which I had forgetten about and had a great meal. I had the special lobster/pasta far diavalo which was ideal for the snowy night and my incipiant cold.

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