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Sep 11, 2009 11:53 AM

Affordable GREAT eats (under $20, below 28th, above Houston)

I’m stumped…

Trying to add to my regular stable of good (affordable) eats, and I'm grasping at draws as to what to try that would be good and interesting close by.

The criterion for me: Affordable, casual, but great meals out (<$20 for an entrée), below 28th St and above Houston, central-to-east side preference but I'll travel if it's good.

So far, my standbys are: Ippudo, Setagaya, Momo Ssam, Posto, Hill Country, Shake Shack, Mogador, Caracas, Saravanaas, Kanoyama, Moustache, Zum Schneider when I can make it out there, Grand Sichuan (St Marks), Baoguette, Zabb City.

Places I’ve been “meh” about: Ino, Inoteca, Kasadela, Aroma, the new Currywurst place...and too many others to name.

Examples of the range I’m seeking from the UWS (where I used to live): Chirping Chicken (underrated), Hampton Chutney Company, Kefi, Nice Matin, Gari

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Downtown Bakery, Puebla, Gyu-Kaku, Dhaba, Molly's, Petite Abeille, Byblos

    1. Your list is Italian-poor. Try Supper, Frank's, and Cacio e Vino. Also, another Japanese place you should try is Kamui Den.

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      1. A few other places not yet listed. Paprika has simple, standard Italian done very well. I really like Chiyono for home-style Japanese -- get the miso cod. Num Pang has great, locavore, non-traditional banh mi.

        1. Nicky's Sandwich Shop for bahn mi, brunch at The Smith, Tiffin Wallah.