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Cool, cheap eats in Manhattan.

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. 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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      1. re: thew

        Yeah naruto ramen is amazing, and fairly cheap.

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

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        1. re: UES Mayor

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

        2. 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.

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

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          1. re: bkfan16

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

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

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

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            1. re: carolinadawg

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

            2. 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!


              97 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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              1. re: CantStopEating

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

                1. re: CantStopEating

                  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.

                  100 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

                  1. re: JungMann

                    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.

                    97 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                    1. re: uwsister

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

                      1. re: Motosport

                        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!

                        1. re: LMP2010

                          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.


                          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

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

                          137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                    2. re: JungMann

                      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

                      Madras Mahal
                      104 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

                    1. 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.

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

                      1. 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.

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

                        Red Egg
                        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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                        1. re: boccalupo

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

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

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

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

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                          1. re: melissabeth115

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

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

                            71 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003