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LMP2010 Mar 24, 2010 11:19 AM

Does anyone have any suggestions for where to take my broke, artsy hipster friend to dinner (or lunch or breakfast) in manhattan? Good food, cool ambiance and cheap prices are the key. Cuisine open. tia.

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  1. Motosport RE: LMP2010 Mar 24, 2010 12:18 PM

    Chinatown!!!

    1. thew RE: LMP2010 Mar 24, 2010 12:39 PM

      naruto ramen 8.50 for excellent ramen - 6.50 on mondays

      caracas arepa bar (and close to blue and gold for cheap drinks in a hipster friendly dive bar)

      cascabel taqueria

      cong ly for pho

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        automattic RE: thew Mar 27, 2010 09:43 AM

        Yeah naruto ramen is amazing, and fairly cheap.

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        UES Mayor RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 06:53 AM

        Costco-mid day for free samples of food and window shop.

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          LMP2010 RE: UES Mayor Mar 25, 2010 07:35 AM

          Costco does have great hot dogs. But don't you have to have a membership? :). Looking for something more New York-ish.

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          bkfan16 RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 07:46 AM

          Not much of an ambiance, but Pita Joe has good cheap food if you're looking for a quick bite in the Union Square area. $4 for a falafel sandwich. Can't beat it.

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          Pita Joe
          2 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

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            pixelatte RE: bkfan16 Mar 25, 2010 04:01 PM

            Mamoun's Falafel in the village sells their sandwiches for $2.50!

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            Mamoun's Falafel
            22 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          2. carolinadawg RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 07:51 AM

            B'fast or lunch at Eisenburg's Sandwich Shop. Cool, retro old-school coffee shop.

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              LMP2010 RE: carolinadawg Mar 25, 2010 08:45 AM

              I live really close but have never been. Will have to check it out.

            2. CantStopEating RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 07:55 AM

              How about Curry Row? I really like Banjara. I'm not sure about their lunch specials but I'm positive you'll find something on 6th st. Plus, you'll be in the EV which is perfect for a artsy hipster!

              www.inbundles.com

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              Banjara
              97 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                LMP2010 RE: CantStopEating Mar 25, 2010 08:44 AM

                ahh yes... definitely add that to the list!

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                  JungMann RE: CantStopEating Mar 25, 2010 01:06 PM

                  East 6th Street is really horrendous. Those menus are full of more atrocities than the Kashmir conflict. You can do better in Murray Hill whether at Pongal, Bhatti or Dhaba.

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                  Bhatti
                  100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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                    uwsister RE: JungMann Mar 25, 2010 05:51 PM

                    Totally agree -- almost every single place I've tried on the 6th St. (before I knew better) was downright terrible. Brick Lane is an exception, IMO. Banjara isn't that bad either, but you can do SO much better in Murray Hill. Leave the East 6th St. for those who don't know any better.

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                    Banjara
                    97 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                      Motosport RE: uwsister Mar 26, 2010 07:11 AM

                      The multitude of Indian/Pakistani restaurants on Lexington is affectionately referred to as "Curry Hill"

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                        LMP2010 RE: Motosport Mar 26, 2010 09:08 AM

                        I am more familiar with Curry Hill, and LOVE Pongal.... is the food on E. 6th really bad? I've only eaten there once 10 years ago. The neighborhood would be more fun for walking around afterward, but not worth the sacrifice if the food is so horrendous!

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                          Pookipichu RE: LMP2010 Mar 26, 2010 10:50 AM

                          The "Curry Row" restaurants are disgusting. Beyond bad, they are unclean, using low quality ingredients and with eye searing decor. Perfect for college students from out of town and tourists.

                          Try:

                          Rai Rai Ken for ramen.

                          Nirvana lunch buffet.

                          Baohaus for bao

                          Katz's and split a pastrami sandwich

                          Bun Soho for dinner prix fixe (includes cocktail for pregame)

                          RUB for monday burgers

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

                          BaoHaus
                          137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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                      automattic RE: JungMann Mar 27, 2010 09:44 AM

                      agreed as well, the menus are pretty bad. Dhaba isn't cheap, but great for street food. All of curry hill is generally good, for cheap indian buffet Madras Mahal is my stop

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                      Madras Mahal
                      104 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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                    saj1139 RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 08:23 AM

                    I have a list of just such places here: http://www.kartme.com/shelby/broke-ci...

                    1. linguafood RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 09:22 AM

                      Num Pang, a banh mi place on E. 12 between University Place and Broadway. Excellent take-out sandwiches, and it has a sit-down resto on the second floor.

                      The hanger steak banh mi is out of this world.

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                      Num Pang Sandwich Shop
                      21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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                        boccalupo RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 01:47 PM

                        Cafe Mogador for breakfast/brunch.

                        Tuck Shop for lunch.

                        Maybe Red Egg for happy hour. 2 for 1 drinks and half off dim sum.

                        Just some ideas that popped into my head.

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                        Cafe Mogador
                        101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

                        Red Egg
                        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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                          LMP2010 RE: boccalupo Mar 26, 2010 09:09 AM

                          Love Cafe Mogador! Will add the others to our list... never been.

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                          Cafe Mogador
                          101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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                          melissabeth115 RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 01:51 PM

                          Corner Bistro - best burger in the city and cheap...good cheap beer too!

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                          Corner Bistro
                          331 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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                            LMP2010 RE: melissabeth115 Mar 26, 2010 09:06 AM

                            Oh thank you for reminding me! haven't been in years.

                          2. visciole RE: LMP2010 Mar 25, 2010 03:05 PM

                            Pukk on 1st Ave and 4th Street. Good vegetarian Thai, with a $6.50 soup-appetizer-entree lunch special, a great deal.

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                            Pukk
                            71 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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