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newerjazz Jan 1, 2010 06:10 AM

travelling to manhattan for 2 days. used to live here. looking for very cheap (<$15/person), very authentic ethnic food. willing to take subway around manhattan

what i used to like.
pork chop rice. 190 Hester in chinatown
Menachnko-tei
Wu liang ye (not looking for sichuan on this trip)

actually not limited to asian. would like suggestions for south american, middle eastern etc.

  1. smokeandapancake Jan 1, 2010 07:49 AM

    Txikito
    http://www.txikitonyc.com/
    Graffiti
    http://www.graffitinyc.com/

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    1. re: smokeandapancake
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      kathryn Jan 1, 2010 08:13 AM

      I don't really think either of those are in the < $15 per person range.

      1. re: kathryn
        smokeandapancake Jan 1, 2010 08:27 AM

        sure they are...did you see the menus (graffiti especially..nothing over 15)

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          kathryn Jan 1, 2010 09:34 AM

          From what I've read about Graffiti, it's a small plates restaurant, so you'd need to order multiple dishes?

          1. re: smokeandapancake
            Steve R Jan 1, 2010 01:39 PM

            kathryn's correct about Txikito as well... it's a small plates tapas place where you'll run up a very large bill very quickly.

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        small h Jan 1, 2010 08:05 AM

        Hummus Place
        http://www.hummusplace.com/

        Food Sing 88 Corp.
        http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/food-sing-88/

        Kasadela
        http://www.kasadela.com/

        1. smokeandapancake Jan 1, 2010 09:01 AM

          i also recommend the halal Chicken and Gyro cart for middle eastern

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            pbjluver Jan 1, 2010 11:54 AM

            Pita Joe's
            Baoguette

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            FLnow Jan 1, 2010 01:25 PM

            I recommend The Symposium for authentic, family-style Greek food--large portions and very inexpensive--W. 113th St. just east of Bdwy., in the basement.

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              chow_gal Jan 2, 2010 06:32 AM

              Nothing special. Long time Columbia student place. Nothing better than you can get at most Greek restaurants. Don't schlep uptown for it.

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              newerjazz Jan 2, 2010 07:03 AM

              ok. this is what my wife and I had yesterday.

              lunch. share a pork chop rice 190 hesters. then a lamb burger and a liangpi at the new xian takeout in chinatown. got a brioche at dulca. total $16. $8 per person.

              dinner. Caracas Arepa Bar. la popular combo plus empanada. damage < $30 (before tax and tip).

              plan to hit Kafana today.

              any more suggestions?

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              1. re: newerjazz
                Asumnuthin Jan 5, 2010 05:15 AM

                Red hook ball fields
                Banh Mi Saigon Bakery
                Prosperity Dumpling
                “The Cart” SW corner of 53rd and 6th during the night (yellow bag, long line)
                Ippudo the hirata pork buns...

                1. re: Asumnuthin
                  Bob Martinez Jan 5, 2010 05:41 AM

                  "Red hook ball fields"

                  They don't open until May.

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                    small h Jan 5, 2010 05:44 AM

                    <Red hook ball fields>

                    And they're in Brooklyn.

              2. pdpredtide Jan 4, 2010 07:46 PM

                banh mi saigon in chinatown

                1. JungMann Jan 5, 2010 05:48 AM

                  Otafuku
                  Banh Mi Saigon
                  Red Egg
                  Tehuitzingo
                  Güllüoglu
                  Rockmeisha

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                  Tehuitzingo
                  695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  Banh Mi Saigon
                  198 Grand St, New York, NY 10013

                  Rockmeisha
                  11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

                  Otafuku
                  236 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Red Egg
                  202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

                  Gulluoglu
                  982 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

                  1. Rmis32 Jan 5, 2010 06:28 AM

                    Noodle Bar, w/ locations in W Village & LES
                    http://www.noodlebarnyc.com/

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