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coming to the city for the weekend ....need help

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Hoping for some help here .....we are coming to the city on weekend of 26th of June ..Friday and Saturday night ....meeting my parents for the weekend and they are set on eating Italian on Friday night and Saturday is for me to plan ...this all just happened last minute so places that are tough to get into are out of the question ....need casual dining .....open to most cuisine ....like spicy to mild .....no Chinese .....all help would be appreciated ...we are staying on the East side .......Cajun ?? good Mexican ? super funky decor ...strong drinks

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  1. price range?

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      sorry ..I guess that would help ...maybe $ 50 per person + drinks

      1. re: smobron

        Pampano, on 49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., serves excellent modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood. I don't drink, but my husband loves their passion fruit mojitos. No funky decor, but if this incessant rain ever stops, you can eat on their lovely second-floor terrace.

        http://www.modernmexican.com/pampano

        DahBa, on Lex, b/t 27th & 28th Sts. (aka "Curry Hill"), is a relatively new, casual Indian restaurant. Delicious food with complex flavors. Some dishes are hot, hot, hot spicy, while others have more a more mellowed spiciness. Very colorful decor.

        http://www.dhabanyc.com

        1. re: RGR

          SECOND PAMPANO!! I <3 that place. I'm sad I don't work at midtown east anymore

    2. We sometimes take out of town guests to Mercadito (Ave B location). It's festive, fun, awesome food, great margs and extensive tequila choices. Definitely meets your criteria.

      http://www.mercaditony.com/menus/aveb...

      1. thanks to everyone for the suggestions ....we will probably try all of these places on our return trips ..we ended up getting a reservation at Otto .....we went last year and loved the food ...hated the service but are going to give it another shot