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Looking for good, moderately priced restaurants in hell's kitchen, NOT THAI

Hi gang,

I just moved to NY. Yes yes I'm in hell's kitchen, but the restaurants are either pretty pricey (Marseille, Hell's kitchen, etc...) or all Thai. Generally I can't eat Thai food as I"m allergic to peanuts. Please, suggestions? I like pretty much anything, but don't eat tons of mexican food, maybe once in a while. i've tried a few places that have been subpar, despite the area's reputation. Thanks for any and all suggestions!

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  1. don't know if you've tried any of these:
    5 Napkin Burger
    Balkanika (Mediterranean)
    Dafni (Greek)
    Queen of Sheba (Ethiopian)
    Basilica (Italian)
    Cara Mia (Italian)
    Nizza (Italian/Pizza)
    Don Giovanni (Pizza)

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    Nizza
    630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

    Cara Mia
    654 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

    Queen of Sheba
    650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

    Don Giovanni
    358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

    Dafni
    325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

    Balkanika
    691 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I didn't like 5 Napkin Burger or Nizza, haven't been to the others. Heard Becco was worth a shot. I'd rec Empanada Mama, Pio Pio, or eating in the back of the Beer and Cheese shop next to 9th Ave Vinters.

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      Becco
      355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

      Empanada Mama
      763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    2. Try Gazala Place. I love it!

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      Gazala Place
      709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: Pan

        Heartily agree! (Burekas are delicious.)

        I also second Five Napkin Burger. Also try Shake Shack, of course, even if just to try it.

        I've not been to Queen of Sheba but I do like Meskerem for Ethiopian. I also agree with Empanada Mama. I think Becco is just okay (and ONLY during non-pre-theatre times). Much prefer Trattoria Trecolori. Uncle Nick's is right there too, yes? I have not been in years but it was always a favorite.

        Also give Kashkaval a try. Wonderful small plates in quite a cozy little atmosphere.

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        Becco
        355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

        Trattoria Trecolori
        254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

        Queen of Sheba
        650 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Kashkaval
        856 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Meskerem
        468 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

        Uncle Nick's
        747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Empanada Mama
        763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        Five Napkin Burger
        2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        1. re: LNG212

          +1 for Uncle Nick's and for Kashkaval - wasn't thinking about places in the 50's but they're certainly close enough!

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          Uncle Nick's
          747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: LNG212

            Yeah, I'm also a fan of Meskerem, especially when they have the tej (mead). They sometimes run out of it, and I love sharing a bottle with my spicy Ethiopian food.

            I went to Uncle Nick's a few days ago. It's reliable, and the fish we got was excellent, but I'm ready to try Dafni and see if it's better.

            I was rather underwhelmed by Kashkaval when I had some mezes there, though.

        2. I agree with most of the places mentioned, particularly Gazala's and 5 Napkin. I had a fine, affordable meal at Pio Pio on 10th last night. Tulcingo del Valle is my pick for Mexican. Deportivo is a good standby for old school Puerto Rican food and drinks. It's been awhile, but I liked a meal I had at Nook. The mediocre Thai in the neighborhood is really out of control.

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          Tulcingo del Valle
          665 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Pio Pio
          604 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: Mr Porkchop

            There are a couple of good Thai places, but since our original poster can't eat Thai food, I won't mention them in this post. :-)

            1. re: Pan

              I agree, but more bad ones I think...

          2. i haven't actually eaten here, just had delivery, but if you're craving large and good burgers (but not fries, since they're not available), check out island burgers & shakes. i used to work in the area and would order from there about 2x a week.

            burgers average around 10$

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            Island Burgers & Shakes
            766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: selenster

              Love Island Burgers and Shakes! Great churrascos (grilled chicken sandwiches) too! Finish your meal with a black and white shake..good stuff.

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              Island Burgers & Shakes
              766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            2. I add Azuri Cafe and Casalleula to those already mentioned.

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              Azuri Cafe
              465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: D...DF

                Note to the OP: Azuri doesn't serve Friday dinner and is closed on Saturdays.

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                Azuri Cafe
                465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

              2. Delta Grill for Cajun/creole.
                Afghan Kebab House for, well, Afghan kebabs.
                Bali Nusa Indah for Indonesian -- Your peanut allergy should not be as much of a problem as with Thai, but you'll have to check, that's not something I've considered. Also may be a bit spotty lately, but I'll give them another chance the next time the opportunity arises.
                And, though it might qualify as pricey, worth a try is Braai for South African.

                1. There is a pretty good pizza joint in the area called Zigolini's Pizza Bar which has a wood fired oven and some respectable food. I've been there only twice so I don't have extensive experience with their pizza but I do remember being pleasantly surprised..

                  1. Two Boots Pizza
                    Tulcingo Del Valle
                    Tehuitzingo
                    Azuri Cafe
                    Empanada Mama
                    Sapporo
                    Margon
                    Saigon 48
                    Totto Ramen

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                    Tehuitzingo
                    695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                    Margon
                    136 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

                    Azuri Cafe
                    465 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

                    Saigon 48
                    234 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

                    Empanada Mama
                    763 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                    Totto Ramen
                    366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

                    1. Thanx! I also like yuppie nonethnic fusion food. Or salads, things like that. Healthy. However I appreciate all of these wonderful suggestions, and appreciate your commiseration about mediocre thai. A shanda!

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                      1. re: mochaleet

                        "Or salads, things like that. Healthy. "
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                        try Green Symphony. and Cranberry Deli.

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                        Green Symphony
                        255 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

                        Cranberry Deli
                        115 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036