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Will be in the neighborhood around 8th/9th Aves. Looking for something decent, not overly expensive for a pre theater dinner midweek. No sushi or Japanese please.

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  1. I have recommendations, but please give us a price range. That said, I feel confident in suggesting the original Wondee Siam, on the east side of 9th between 52nd and 53rd. Order only from the "Secret Thai" menu, and tell them to make it really spicy and Thai-style. If they express doubt, tell the waiter/waitress that you won't send it back and take full responsibility. If you dare! You'll have a cheap dinner - maybe $20, probably less.

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    Wondee Siam
    792 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: Pan

      Thanks Pan, sorry I should have specified. Under $20 -$25 pp would be great. The Thai place you suggested would have been great, unfortunately one of our group has a nut allergy and I know that Thai food is known for its peanut sauces. Anything else?

      1. re: glen3a

        Only some Thai food has peanuts in it. If your friend doesn't have such a severe allergy that eating anything cooked in any wok that's ever had any peanuts in it would cause anaphylactic shock, the restaurant can certainly accommodate you. You might try calling them in advance and asking.

        All that said, I like Ariana Afghan, which is right across the street from Wondee. They may push your price limit, though. If you're willing to walk a little more, there are loads of other possibilities for you. How far would you be willing to walk?

        Look through some of these search results in the meantime:

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        1. re: glen3a

          Nut allergy or peanut allergy? If it's a tree nut allergy, I would imagine you would be fine. I am allergic to tree nuts and Thai is always great for not having problems finding something to eat. GL!

      2. El Centro on 9th is great for Mexican and very inexpensive.

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        El Centro
        824 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        1. Ardesia
          Gazala Place

          www.thelunchbelle.com

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          Gazala Place
          709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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          1. re: LeahBaila

            Ardesia got a nice write up in the linked article below.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/din...

            1. re: Rmis32

              Hey, thanks for that! Glad to hear it's getting some nice write-up's! :)

              www.thelunchbelle.com

          2. Nick Ouzaria for greek tapas or uncle nick's for regular greek dished.

            1. Thanks for the delicious recs. We are going this week and will report back.

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              1. re: glen3a

                A quick report back. We went to Uncle Nicks and had a wonderful dinner. All food was fresh and the service was good. Some of us had the gyro platters others had the stuffed grape leaves, some salads and all were pleased.

                1. re: glen3a

                  I was just going to say that Uncle Nicks is our go-to place in this neighborhood. One of the whole fish for 2 is really good

                  Glad you had a good time