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Your East Village go-tos?

chowbie Sep 4, 2009 01:33 PM

Hello hounds. I need your expertise for a list of tried and true East Village standbys. I often end up there for weekday post-work dinners, but since I don't live or hang out there much these days, I never know where to suggest.

Your favourite solid, medium-priced, don't have to wait forever for a table, can have a conversation type places would be most appreciated. Cuisine is no object. Thanks!

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    windycity RE: chowbie Sep 4, 2009 02:03 PM

    Menkuitei, caracas arepas (tasty but can have long waits), 7A.

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      kathryn RE: chowbie Sep 4, 2009 02:30 PM

      Grand Sichuan, Redhead, Prune, Veselka, Hearth, Terroir, Luzzo's, Nori, Kanoyama (longer waits here though), Belcourt, Clinton St. Baking Co (has a pretty good dinner! It's not just for brunch), Village Yokocho (better than the St Marks places but not as good as the Totto mini-chain), Paprika, Pylos, Kyo Ya (splurg-ish though), maybe Five Points, Yerba Buena?

      See also:
      NB: The following have closed: Una Pizza Napoletana, Mercury Dime, 9th Street Market, Cecil Crepe Cafe, Caffe Emilia, Affettati, Oko, Le Miu, Chocolate Bar. And Seymour Burton is now Butcher Bay.

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        bearmi RE: chowbie Sep 4, 2009 02:51 PM

        In addition to the ones already mentioned, I also like Lan, Sobaya, and Hasaki.

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          skinny cook RE: bearmi Sep 5, 2009 10:54 AM

          An enthusiastic second to Sobaya.

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            Pan RE: skinny cook Sep 11, 2009 08:49 PM

            Also Soba Koh and Menkui Tei.

        2. bolletje RE: chowbie Sep 4, 2009 07:38 PM

          Natori on Saint Mark's is great, but not fancy. Usually it's easy to get a table there. I second Clinton St. Baking Co for dinner, Grand Sichuan and want to add the Ukrainian National Home restaurant--next to Veselka.

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            kathryn RE: bolletje Sep 4, 2009 09:51 PM

            I almost added Ukrainian National Home too, but wasn't sure about how the coworkers would feel about the atmosphere!

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              Tom Steele RE: kathryn Sep 5, 2009 01:04 PM

              Last time I was there (several years ago), I felt like I was sitting in the anteroom of a funeral parlor. I half-expected two suited men to roll a casket through the dining room. But it's a great bargain and those dumplings (pierogi) are heavy and heavenly.

          2. BluPlateSpec RE: chowbie Sep 4, 2009 08:03 PM

            Cafe Mogador 101 St. Marks Pl., Dumpling Man100 St. Marks Pl., Hummus Place109 St. Marks Pl.

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              fearlessemily RE: chowbie Sep 5, 2009 08:40 AM

              Orologio -- an italian place on Avenue A between 10th and 11th streets. Reasonably priced, CONSISTENTLY tasty food. Relaxed atmosphere that never gets too loud. I've never had a wait. Make sure to consider the specials, as those are often quite excellent...

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                hungrycomposer RE: chowbie Sep 5, 2009 09:38 AM

                Great reco's, esp. Kathryn's. I would add:
                Cafe Orlin on 2nd and St. Mark's, excellent if you have some less adventuresome eaters in your party.
                Momofuku Noodle bar, which would work if you got the prix fixe dinner early on a weeknight.
                Hummus place, if you want a casual, relaxed hang for not much money.
                Veloce Pizza is worth a shot too, but reports are uneven.
                Grand Sichuan is probably my fave...

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                  JulesTei RE: chowbie Sep 7, 2009 08:25 AM

                  My faves are Perbacco or Gnocco for Italian, Knife + Fork, Momo Noodle Bar and Caracas.

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