east-side outdoor seating, solo diner, good cheap dinner
maybe my last post was too narrow -- so i will expand beyond vietnamese . basically, looking for some place I can sit by myself, outside (under an awning preferably in case showers persist) or at an open window counter, have a drink, and enjoy some quality, moderate priced "street food" (e.g. pizza, vietnamese noodles, paninis..)
This may be too late, but....
Posto, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 18th St., serves very good thin crust pizza. There is sidewalk seating, but I'm not sure about the canopy.
Lantern Thai is directly across the street. Very tasty food. There is seating in front of the open doors and on the sidewalk.
'inoteca Cucina & Liquori Bar, on the corner of 3rd Av. & 24th St., serves paninis. Sidwalk seating, and I'm pretty sure there is a canopy.