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foodsearch1 Feb 28, 2010 06:41 PM

hey guys! i need some help-- I was wondering if anyone could give me some recommendations of a fun, trendy restaurant where i can bring some friends from Philly. We are all 21-22 so we dont want anything too expensive since extensive drinking will be involved. any suggestions?

  1. Motosport Mar 1, 2010 06:43 AM

    Wo Hop @ 2 AM after the bar/club always impresses our out of town friends.
    17 Mott St. C-town
    Make sure you go downstairs.

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      stellastu Mar 3, 2010 03:33 PM

      Did that this weekend. The lo mein was OUT OF THIS WORLD...but it may have been because it was 2 am...

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        Motosport Mar 4, 2010 10:40 AM

        I am sure there are many finer restaurants in Chinatown but at 2 AM everything at Wo Hop tastes great. If you were there Sunday @ 2AM we probably saw you. Here are a couple of pics of the dumplings and Wo Hop Special Lo Mein. Yummy!!

         
         
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      Moosbrugger Mar 2, 2010 03:27 PM

      Shake shack.

      1. daffyduck Mar 2, 2010 03:38 PM

        i think your best bet is chinatown or pizza. For food I like Great Noodletown (not trendy at all though) or Motorino? You can also try Otto?

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          babbabooey Mar 3, 2010 05:08 AM

          you want a place where you can drink as well?
          Depending on how many ppl (its small) i reccomend cafe habana for cuban sandwiches and corn on the cob...

          1. thew Mar 3, 2010 05:41 AM

            crif dogs for cheap hot dogs, and then through the secret entrance to PDT for not-cheap cocktails. the secret door impresses the hell out of visitors.

            get so arepas to go from caracas arepas, and bring them up the block to blue and gold tavern for 3 and 4 dollar drinks.....

            1. princeofpork Mar 3, 2010 09:23 AM

              Kuma Inn. Great food, BYOB and your friends will love the hood its in. Dont forget the chocolate chili ice cream for desert

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                alillazy Mar 4, 2010 07:44 AM

                I'm gonna second Kuma Inn. Great place. Delicious food. And BYOB - definitely easier on the wallet! (They do charge a corkage fee though, forget what it is, but pretty reasonable I thought) It's a tiny place and will have a wait, so make sure to call ahead and make a reservation! I highly suggest the Chinese Sausage, Garlic rice and Fried Pork Belly. Yum!

                Another recommendation: Cafe Katja (Austrian) on Orchard, below Delancey. Again, small place but food was great and pretty reasonable. I got the Pork Belly Rueben and it was huuuge and yummy. Also, start off with a pretzel with their cheese spread! Last time I was there I saw Tim Gunn hanging out having dinner!

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                  InSearchOfTacos Mar 4, 2010 08:10 AM

                  agree with both katja and kuma inn! the garlic rice at kuma inn is key- very cheap (maybe $3?) for a huge portion, and the rice itself is delicious. the desserts were also fantastic- the standout dish was definitely the lemongrass panna cotta. katja is also wonderful, although it tends to get quite crowded depending on the night.

                  i also recommend louis 649 (9th and ave c) for drinks. the atmosphere is nothing exciting but the cocktails are fabulous and the bartender, damien, is very knowledgeable and friendly. afterwards id head to kafana (across the street) for dinner- nice serbian restaurant. the sampler plates are definitely the way to go there.

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