Your favorite recession-friendly restaurant
My husband and I are into trying a new place every friday night. Nothing too pricey (less than $50 per person w/o drinks). A few of our past casual dinner faves are: 'inoteca, stanton social (although i'm sick of that place now that i've taken every out town guest there), las ramblas, k-town places that i can't remember the names of, hell's kitchen, yuca bar, pylos. We need new ideas! We don't discriminate...we eat all types of food. :)
Kefi is cheaper and, in my experience, better than Pylos, but it doesn't sound like you hang out uptown. Another well-priced place uptown is El Malecon, which makes excellent Dominican rotisserie chicken.
Do you eat Chinese food? Lots of cheap restaurants. Great NY Noodletown, Chao Chow, Bo Ky, etc., etc., etc.
I'm actually Chinese, so YES! I do eat Chinese food...haha! This is really sad, but I have only eaten at probably a dozen or so restaurants in Chinatown (and fewer than that for just dinner) and haven't found any place that I'm happy with, so I've always resisted going back. Thanks for your suggestions...I'll try them out!
re: kim e
Here's a start!
What makes Manhattan’s Chinatown unique is our abundance of Fujian immigrants and the great cuisine they’ve brought with them: from delicately flavored, boiling hot soups and rich stocks to steaming seafood casseroles and stir-fries. My favorite is Best Fuzhou at 71 Eldridge Street. I’m also am fond of Best Fuzhou at 68 Forsyth Street.
Other favorites, in alphabetical order include:
Big Wong King at 67 Mott Street, 10013.
Fuleen Seafood at 11 Division Street, 10002.
New Chao Chao at 111 Mott Street, 10013.
Shanghai Café at 100 Mott Street, 10013.
Yogee Restaurant at 85 Chrystie Street, 10002.
Yummy Noodles at 44 Bowery, 10013.
$50 without drinks isn't much of a challenge.
Hagi Japanese yakitori.
New Malaysia in Chinatown for Malaysian of course.
Alta for tapas.
I agree with Darth...$50/person w/out drinks is pretty easy. Pearl Oyster Bar and Chinatown Brasserie would be my picks. At Pearl you can have a glass of wine each, if you want for that kind of money. They have kept the prices pretty reasonable all of these years.
I'm still a huge fan of Apiary's Monday night special. A great meal for $35, and you can BYOB w/no corkage.
I had a really good meal last weekend at La Carbonara, a new italian restaurant that opened on W 14th. Their prices take recession friendly to a new extreme with pasta dishs at around $9 and entreess at around $14. If that werent enough, most of their wines are around $19. The food wasnt mind blowing or anything, but was far better than the price point would suggest.