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Quick dinner spot for pre-movie in Union Square.

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foodie414 Apr 8, 2009 08:48 AM

I'm looking for a quick dinner/date spot for good, decently priced food before a movie in the Union Square area. The weeknight dinner and a movie scanario needs some ideas. Thanks!

  1. BratleFoodie Apr 8, 2009 06:31 PM

    I am enamored of Galaxy Global Eatery on Irving Place, right around the corner from the Fillmore. 15 Irving Pl - At 15th St (212) 777-3631

    Funky bar-like but also proper tables (small space so a little crowded). Some really good food, lots of vegetarian (but lots of meat too), and the ethos is incredibly healthy eating. The hemp/edamame burgers are fab. The price was right the last time I went there. I had a hemp burger and a glass of wine for less than $20 with tip.

    Please note that I have not been for a while, and it seems their service can be varied. I actually really liked the bartender. So perhaps do a walkby?

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      Pan Apr 8, 2009 02:35 PM

      Laut at 17th St. just west of Union Square West will be likely to give you a good meal, if you order Malaysian food there. Not sure how quick it would be, though.

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        stephaniec25 Apr 8, 2009 01:40 PM

        Whenever I'm in that area for a movie and need a quick dinner, I do Republic for thai food. It's a very loud and hectic setting, but the food is pretty good for the price. Not sure if its the type of date setting you want, though.

        For something with a somewhat better date atmosphere you can try Taralucci e Vino for Italian food and a nice wine list.

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          CMG920 Apr 8, 2009 01:52 PM

          For Vietnamese there is Saigon Grill
          Thai there is Spice (their new location is on 12th street and University I believe)
          Cafe Spice on University for Indian
          Stand on 12th Street (Burgers etc)
          Piola for Argentinian Pizza

        2. malibu Apr 8, 2009 10:16 AM

          When we do 'date night' we sometimes go to Zabb City on E13th. Great food, low key atmosphere and reasonably priced thai.

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            kim e Apr 8, 2009 10:08 AM

            Saigon Grill is quick and cheap, but has nice enough decor to pass for a casual weeknight date. Ippudo is the same, but the only warning is that many parties of 2 get seated at a communal table, so not super private. The food is great, though. It's on 10th st and 4th ave.

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              small h Apr 8, 2009 09:02 AM

              Ramen Setagaya is now open (I'm pretty sure) on University Place. I'm also a big fan of Japonica, but it's not exactly decently priced, unless you split stuff. Coffee Shop is worth considering also - I've found the daily specials to be pretty consistently good, and cheapish.

              http://nymag.com/daily/food/2009/03/setagaya.html
              http://www.japonicanyc.com/
              http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

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                lanadai Apr 8, 2009 03:46 PM

                Yeah Setagaya is open, there is also Grey Dog cafe on University and Soeun on 13th street

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