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Inexpensive, fun, casual date. PLEASE suggest.

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I'm taking my friend out tomorrow (Thursday) night around 6PM. I'm looking downtown (lower east side, soho, tribeca, and everything lower).

I'm looking for good, but inexpensive food in a fun place for young people. Cheap drinks would be GREAT. My budget for 2 main courses as many drinks as possible would be about $80-90. All cuisines are fine, preferable not italian though. All asian good too. Something fun and exciting would be nice, I know the budget is rough.

Thanks so much.

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  1. Kuma Inn, perhaps? It's BYOB. Kind of neat in that it's on the 2nd floor, you might miss it if you didn't know it was there. Thai-Filipino small plates.

    Also Back Forty has $10 cocktails and happy hour specials.

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    Kuma Inn
    113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

    Back Forty
    190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

    1. How about Mercadito? Great baja tacos and a Tres Citricos margarita that'll knock your socks off. Casual, fun environment, too, and affordable.

      1. what's a "cheap drink" to you? i am fairly certain i had some decent cocktails (i'm not a fancy lady, so it was really just ketel & soda) and good eats at congee village in chinatown/LES.

        barrio chino for mexican?

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        Barrio Chino
        253 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

        Congee Village
        100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

        1. How about Macondo? Fun Place, you can get a bunch of sharing plates, and you they have pitchers of their really fun cocktails for $28

          I also second Barrio Chino as a great spot with fun drinks.

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          Macondo
          157 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002