HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
What have you made lately? Get great advice
TELL US

Restaurant.com places in the East Village

h
hungrycomposer May 17, 2010 04:00 PM

I was given a gift certificate for Restaurant.com, and I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for places in the East Village or nearby. There are a lot of places I've never been to in the neighborhood: Kati Thai Cuisine, La Zarza, Nomad, Arcane, Al Diwan, Via Della Pace, The Elephant (didn't they close?), Luca Lounge, Drom, Agozar, Sahara's Turkish Cuisine, Le Caire Lounge. Any thoughts on any of these? Has anyone else used these certificates at a good place downtown? Thanks!

-----
Sahara's
513 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

La Zarza
166 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

Le Caire
189 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

Luca Lounge
220 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Al Diwan
210 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Agozar
324 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Via Della Pace
48 E 7th St Frnt A, New York, NY 10003

Drom Bar & Restaurant
85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Emmmily May 17, 2010 04:03 PM

    I used a gift certificate at Via Della Pace about a year ago and had a very enjoyable meal. Don't go in expecting culinary fireworks or anything, but I'd certainly go back.

    -----
    Via Della Pace
    48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. h
      hungrycomposer May 18, 2010 09:08 AM

      Thanks. Somehow this list includes restaurants that are all under the radar - Chowhound generated the icons and links above, and there were basically no posts or reviews, except a couple that looked suspiciously like shills. Weird. I've lived blocks from Via Della Pace for years and only ventured in for espresso many years ago when there were far fewer choices in the neighborhood.

      -----
      Via Della Pace
      48 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. erica May 18, 2010 12:23 PM

        Can someone explain to me how a place can stay in business taking these coupons? For example, I can buy a $75 certificate for $30 at Ethos, a popular Greek place in my area. so does this mean, for example, that I can order $75 worth of food and pay only $30, plus the 18% tip that is added at the end?

        Not only that, but there is an AARP discount for oldsters that lowers the price to $9!

        How can this be true?

        13 Replies
        1. re: erica
          r
          rrems May 18, 2010 02:57 PM

          I don't think you can buy a $75 certificate, only a $25 one for $10, and since you can only use one per dinner (and there are other restrictions) you will only save $15 off the total. Ethos and many others listed on restaurant.com also participate in iDine and/or IGT, which are much better discount programs and are much easier to use.

          1. re: rrems
            h
            hungrycomposer May 18, 2010 09:15 PM

            Maybe it's an attempt to get new customers or raise their visibility? All of the restaurants listed in my neighborhood are places that I've walked by a hundred times, but never stopped in to have a bite. I don't think places with any kind of buzz are part of the program. I was wondering if it was worth trying any of these places - If I wound up having a good meal, I'm sure I'd go back without a certificate. The one time I used a certificate it was at Hill Country, which was pretty good, but too loud and fratty to warrant a second visit.

            -----
            Hill Country
            30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: rrems
              erica May 19, 2010 08:12 AM

              Unbelievably, the $75 coupon at Ethos costs $9 for oldsters! No wonder the place always looks packed with what appear to be neighborhood people! But now that I took a closer look, there is a $150 minimum you must reach when using the coupon!

              1. re: erica
                h
                hungrycomposer May 19, 2010 02:52 PM

                Do you go to Ethos on 3rd ave? Not the east village, but not too far to go if it's good.

                1. re: erica
                  r
                  rrems May 19, 2010 03:25 PM

                  Even with a $150 minimum, it's looks like a very good deal. However, when I check the website it only shows $25 certificates, not $75. Where did you see this?

                  1. re: rrems
                    h
                    hungrycomposer May 19, 2010 05:12 PM

                    I didn't see the $75 certificate. I wound up with a free $25 gift certificate that I can use anywhere from using drugstore.com. Ethos requires a $45 purchase to use the $25 certificate, so if the food is good, it's a good deal.
                    http://www.restaurant.com/microsite.a...
                    Still, I'm not always comfortable using these things, and I always tip on the entire check total. I was raised in a restaurant and don't want to cheese out on them!

                    1. re: hungrycomposer
                      r
                      rrems May 19, 2010 06:14 PM

                      I agree, always base the tip on the full amount.

                      1. re: hungrycomposer
                        u
                        uwsister May 19, 2010 07:00 PM

                        IMO it'd be incredibly cheap if someone didn't tip on the entire amount! Restaurant.com even states it.

                        I haven't seen a good restaurant in EV (other than Ethos, which was recommended to me and I ended up buying the $25 gift certificate) there. Ouest in UWS is pretty good and they're on restaurant.com in case anybody's going gift-certificate shopping inspired by this thread.

                        -----
                        Ouest
                        2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                        1. re: uwsister
                          h
                          hungrycomposer May 21, 2010 09:45 AM

                          Oh, there are plenty of cheap tippers out there - unfortunately!
                          Ethos isn't quite in the EV - 33rd and 3rd, which is fun to say in a New York accent, but pretty far north of 14th st. But if Ethos is highly recommended, I'll give it a shot.

                          1. re: hungrycomposer
                            u
                            uwsister May 21, 2010 08:30 PM

                            Ah, for some reason I thought it was a lot more South.

                            Kind of relevant question, do these gift certificates have an expiration date? One year from purchase?

                            1. re: uwsister
                              h
                              hungrycomposer May 21, 2010 08:36 PM

                              Correct. I rushed off to Hill Country 365 days after I bought my only certificate.

                              -----
                              Hill Country
                              30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

                              1. re: uwsister
                                h
                                hungrycomposer May 21, 2010 08:37 PM

                                Are there dishes you recommend at Ethos?
                                I actually got my $25 certificate for free by using drugstore.com.

                        2. re: rrems
                          erica May 20, 2010 04:16 AM

                          Rrems: See if this link works for you:

                          http://www.restaurant.com/index-co.asp?prti=4495&raid=3541

                          Or this:

                          http://www.restaurant.com/microsite.a...

                  Show Hidden Posts