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Decent inexpensive restaurants near union square?

My personal Union Square fave is SOUEN, which I LOVE, but my significant other hates health food, so...

BESIDES Chat n Chew, which we like and is always where we end up, are there any other interesting places in or near Union Square that we are missing? We don't care for Union Square Cafe.....

Thanks in advance!

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  1. stand for burgers...i also heard from a vege friend that the vege burger is great.

    grey dog cafe on university

    thats all that come to mind...if you expand to east village, you get more options.

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    1. re: sam1

      Grey Dog is great. What would you define as your Un Sq radius?

      www.thelunchbelle.com

      1. re: LeahBaila

        I think we've been to grey dog and liked but I am having a hard time remembering it. thanks to everyone for the great suggestions so far.

        I would prefer places that are within a 6 block radius of Union Sq, and not too many avenues away, as usually we are looking for a quick bite before the movies, but I wouldn't mind hearing other suggestions that are a step or two farther away.

        Thanks!

        1. re: splurgepurge

          Los Dos Molinos, Otto, Mizu Sushi, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, The Smith

          www.thelunchbelle.com

        2. re: LeahBaila

          I love Grey Dog - especially for brunch.

          Republic for quick thai food.

          I love Maoz for Falafel and all sorts of toppings.

          1. re: stephaniec25

            Haven't been to GD for brunch...What do you get/like there?

            www.thelunchbelle.com

            1. re: LeahBaila

              Everything is good - my favorites are the egg sandwich on a croissant and the French Toast with a side of bacon or a fruit bowl.

      2. Sala One Nine has completely wonderful tapas! It's also one of my favorite places for lunch (19th betw 5th/6th).

        Rohm on 20th between Broadway and Park is great for Thai.

        If you want to spend more Tocqueville on 15th betw Union Square and 5th is terrific!

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        1. re: piegirl74

          And not so expensive for Tocqueville if you do the lunch or dinner pre-fixe.

        2. Of course, your subject line said Inexpensive. Sorry to miss that. Still, Sala and Rohm would fit the bill. (And Sala has 2-for-1 happy hour)

          1. Stand and Num Pang are interesting spots for sandwiches. Basta Pasta for Japanese Wafuu pasuta.

            1. I forgot to mention I am celiac, so 100% all-sandwich places are out. However I can adapt most restaurant fare and am thankfully not mega-ultra-sensitive to casual contact.

              1. My favorites are University Pita (12th and University) and Saigon Grill (11th and University). Both are inexpensive and very very tasty.

                1. I'm a fan of City Bakery. I'm also wheat/gluten intolerant and do very well there with their farmer's market based selection.

                  1. I had a good dinner at Laut, 17th St. between Broadway and 5th, but I'd call it only moderately inexpensive:

                    http://www.lautnyc.com/

                    I haven't tried anything Thai there, but their Malaysian food is (or was in one meal) real (though it could be spicier) and good.

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                      1. re: hungrycomposer

                        I don't know. This was my meal report:

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5950...

                        I haven't been back yet.