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Decent inexpensive restaurants near union square?

splurgepurge May 1, 2009 11:48 AM

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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    sam1 RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 11:53 AM

    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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      LeahBaila RE: sam1 May 1, 2009 12:04 PM

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


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        splurgepurge RE: LeahBaila May 1, 2009 01:06 PM

        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.


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          LeahBaila RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 01:11 PM

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


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          stephaniec25 RE: LeahBaila May 1, 2009 01:14 PM

          I love Grey Dog - especially for brunch.

          Republic for quick thai food.

          I love Maoz for Falafel and all sorts of toppings.

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            LeahBaila RE: stephaniec25 May 1, 2009 01:17 PM

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


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              stephaniec25 RE: LeahBaila May 1, 2009 01:56 PM

              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.

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        piegirl74 RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 12:04 PM

        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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          City Kid RE: piegirl74 May 1, 2009 12:53 PM

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

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          piegirl74 RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 12:05 PM

          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. JungMann RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 12:30 PM

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

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              splurgepurge RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 01:08 PM

              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.

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                anonymousfoodperson RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 01:52 PM

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

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                  rdnnyc RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 02:57 PM

                  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.

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                    Pan RE: splurgepurge May 1, 2009 05:18 PM

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


                    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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                      hungrycomposer RE: Pan May 1, 2009 05:46 PM

                      Do they serve a good nasi lemak?

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                        Pan RE: hungrycomposer May 1, 2009 05:55 PM

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


                        I haven't been back yet.

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                      Lucia RE: splurgepurge May 3, 2009 07:47 PM

                      Petite Abeille

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