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Dining solo in E.Vill/LES?

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psegall Mar 15, 2010 09:08 AM

Headed into town this weekend and staying on 3rd between A and B. I'm looking for someplace relatively nearby for a solo dinner - preferably nothing too heavy as I'm running the Half Marathon the next morning.

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    boccalupo Mar 15, 2010 11:14 AM

    Do you mind sitting at the bar? If so, there are loads of good things in area.

    Pylos and In Vino come to mind right away.

    Minca ramen bar is also perfect for solo diners.

    Good luck in the Half Marathon!

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      psegall Mar 16, 2010 06:47 AM

      Those look great. Thank you.

    2. thew Mar 15, 2010 01:20 PM

      where would you go if not solo? go there

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        Hungry Karen Mar 16, 2010 07:04 AM

        Sit at the bar at Perbacco! Or any other little village italian joint for some pre-race carbs. Supper is also quite good.

        1. EV_Eats Mar 16, 2010 11:22 AM

          If it's carbs you're after; check out Frank on 2nd Avenue & 6th or Max on Ave B & 4th Street (or 3rd, can't remember).
          Good luck with the food & marathon!!!
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            FiveDanFive Mar 16, 2010 11:33 PM

            Minca and Max are both really good. Should be right up your alley if you're looking to carb up. I also suggest Casa Adela on 5th and Ave. C for the roast pork w/ rice and beans.

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              psegall Mar 17, 2010 01:11 PM

              Thanks for all the suggestions. Seems like there are a lot more options than I remember...

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            nyctripper Mar 17, 2010 03:01 PM

            How bout some ramen for carbs at momofuku noodle?

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              boccalupo Mar 17, 2010 03:04 PM

              Ramen is better elsewhere IMHO. Minca and Ippudo for two. Momo Noodle does other things quite well though.

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              Minca
              536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

              Ippudo
              65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                EV_Eats Mar 18, 2010 11:58 AM

                Is Ippudo really that good? Have you tried Setagaya? I've been meaning to go to both of those places, but I never make it past Minca, Kambi or Rai Rai Ken.
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                Minca
                536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

                Rai Rai Ken
                214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

                Ippudo
                65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                Kambi
                351 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

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                  boccalupo Mar 18, 2010 12:29 PM

                  In order of preference:

                  1) Ippudo
                  2) Minca - Less hassle than Ippudo and almost as good
                  3) Kambi (not as good as Minca when I tried it, even though it is same owner I thnink)
                  4) Setagaya - Perfectly fine, but less good than the others

                  Haven't tried Rai Rai Ken yet.

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                  Minca
                  536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

                  Rai Rai Ken
                  214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Ippudo
                  65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Kambi
                  351 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

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                    small h Mar 18, 2010 12:41 PM

                    Respectfully disagree. I think Minca is inferior to Setagaya, and Kambi is inferior to Minca. Rai Rai Ken is about on par with Minca.

                    Note that I don't eat the pork, so if Minca has super-awesome pork, I wouldn't know.

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                      boccalupo Mar 18, 2010 12:55 PM

                      Yes. That is it. Great pork and pork broth at Minca. Setagaya is a soy or salt based broth. I prefer the richer flavor of the pork broth. And Setagaya is excellent, so I don't doubt they might beat Minca on non-pork ramen soups head to head.

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                      Minca
                      536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

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