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East Village/L.E.S., Entrees under $20, Less than 2 yrs old

Peter Cherches Feb 4, 2010 12:10 PM

Looking for some new moderate places to add to the rotation. Any rec's?


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    lisabnyc RE: Peter Cherches Feb 4, 2010 12:13 PM

    the clerkenwell
    fat hippo
    antibes bistro

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      Peter Cherches RE: lisabnyc Feb 4, 2010 01:06 PM

      Thanks, Antibes looks promising.

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        Peter Cherches RE: Peter Cherches Mar 8, 2010 05:56 PM

        I had my birthday dinner at Antibes Bistro tonight. Just what I was looking for. Prices were very right (even if I wasn't paying), food is excellent, room is pleasant. We shared the lamb boulettes appetizer--excellent and sides of risotto with parmesan (quite shareable as a side and only $5) and haricots verts (a tad too salty). My main course, the tuna, was excellent, as were the sides that came with it, though they cooked the fish medium rather than medium-rare. The dessert, their kataifi with espresso mascarpone and halva slivers, was fabulous. The French-Mediterranean menu reminded me of a simpler, cheaper version of Le Tableau (which was never the same after Sami Kader passed away).

        I have Motorino on the schedule for later this month.


    2. daffyduck RE: Peter Cherches Feb 4, 2010 01:25 PM

      This may not be what you're looking for but Spot is new. The problem is it is strictly a dessert place but none of the items are over 20 dollars.

      1. egit RE: Peter Cherches Feb 4, 2010 01:34 PM

        Northern Spy Food Company
        The Redhead (it's under 2, right?)
        Motorino (pizza).

        Also second Clerkenwell and Antibes. I have heard nothing good about Fat Hippo, but have not been there myself.

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          hungrycomposer RE: Peter Cherches Feb 4, 2010 04:45 PM

          Second Motorino, esp. for their lunch special
          Kafana - tiny Serbian restaurant that's cozy and fun

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            daffyduck RE: hungrycomposer Feb 9, 2010 04:41 AM

            3rd motorino and the dessert truck store just opened up on clinton st

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            Will4Food RE: Peter Cherches Feb 5, 2010 12:23 PM

            Highly recommend Giano...Beautiful place, fine service and low prices.

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              elkaynyc RE: Will4Food Feb 5, 2010 02:48 PM

              Forgive me. I have no idea when this place opened but I like Alias restaurant on the LES is very good and will probably fit the bill for you. Well prepared food at decent prices with friendly service and a great fresh whiskey sour! I hade the duck leg confit appetizer and the upstate chicken entree which was big enough to take some home for lunch the next day and it inspired me to leave a little skin in my next kabocha squash creation -really delicious.

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                uwsister RE: elkaynyc Feb 5, 2010 06:24 PM

                Alias has definitely been open for more than two years. I remember going there at least five years ago. Good food though.

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              windycity RE: Peter Cherches Feb 8, 2010 06:39 PM

              Ditto Redhead and Motorino. Anyone know if the Redhead owners have plans on moving into a bigger space? The 2 hour waits are killing me.

              1. smokeandapancake RE: Peter Cherches Feb 9, 2010 05:43 AM

                the smith

                1. Rmis32 RE: Peter Cherches Feb 9, 2010 08:25 AM

                  Balade, 208 First Ave (Lebanese)

                  1. EV_Eats RE: Peter Cherches Feb 9, 2010 10:43 PM

                    Totally Second Balade (in particular), The Clerkenwell & Kafana
                    La Lucha
                    Carteles (excellent sandwiches)
                    Kambi Ramen House

                    Happy Eating!
                    my blog: http://www.eveats.com

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