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Mar 9, 2011 10:37 AM

LES dinner recs

My fiance and I are travelling from San Diego to your fine city and will be staying in the Lower East Side. We will be there in April for a week and plan to nosh on street food for lunch so that we can spend more for dinner.

I am a vegetarian and he is an all inclusive eater but we would like to avoid paying more than $25 each (not including alcohol).

Can you please provide recommendations for good places to dine in this 'hood that won't break the bank?
Neither one of us is particularly adventurous but we prefer sushi, Italian, Thai, and seafood.
Thank you in advance for your help!

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  1. One of my favorite places, both for food and value, is Bruschetteria. It's on Rivington Street between Ludlow and Stanton. You can probably hit your price point even with wine.

    For a bit more of a splurge, try Zucco on Orchard just south of Houston.

    188 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

    92 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    1. Supper is a nice little Italian restaurant that meets all of your criteria.

      Other options: Stanton Social (order carefully to stay within budget, though), Essex, Shopsin's (inexpensive, good, HUGE menu).

      Stanton Social
      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

      1. 'inoteca would work for you. Shopsin's isn't open for dinner, and although I like Essex Restaurant fine, it's not the place I'd go for my one dinner in the neighborhood.

        1. $25 each sadly isn't much in this town - in most restaurants that'd be the cost of the entree alone. But that said there are some decent places to grab a bite without doing the whole app/entree/dessert dinner.

          1. Schiller's Liquor Bar - it's a mob scene at dinner, so it might be best to make a reservation, but it's decently priced bistro food. Any number of entrees under $25 that might even leave you a little $$ to split an appetizer or dessert, too.

          2. Frankies 17 Clinton Street Spuntino - great Italian, not terribly expensive, similar price point to Schiller's. Their cavatelli with sausage is one of the neighborhood's great dishes. Good decently priced wine list.

          3. Cibao - awesome Cubanos (a/k/a "Cuban Sandiwches") and mofungo - great if you like hearty porky goodness. Split a sandwich and mofungo and the both of you won't feel the need to eat again for a day, all for under $10 total.

          4. Pho Grand or Cong Ly - two good place for Pho, a nice filling Vietnamese beef noodle soup. My gf and I will go often, each get a (big) bowl of Pho Tai Gau (with eye of round and brisket) and split an order of spring rolls, and we're out of there for under $20 total.

          5. BaoHaus - good Asian steamed buns, a little sweet for my taste but not bad. Not what I'd call a substaintial "dinner" but good for a quick bite before going out.

          6. Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop - good sandiwches and salads, filling, nothing fancy but everything is fresh and tasty.

          7 EarthMatters - good healthy food place without being too "health food"-ish. A good size salad bar with lots of selections, all very tasty, not your usual steam-table stuff. Great lunch spot.

          8. El Maguey y La Tuna - best of the cheaper-end Mexican places in the neighborhood, for my money.

          9. Sachiko's on Clinton - the best of the neighborhood sushi, IMHO, though it might be hard to get out for under $25/each. That said, there are some cheaper sushi options around, just not as good.

          Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop
          127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          Cong Ly
          124 Hester St, New York, NY 10002

          Frankies 17 Spuntino
          17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

          Sachiko's on Clinton
          25 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          Pho Grand
          277 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

          Schiller's Liquor Bar
          131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          72 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

          El Maguey y La Tuna
          321 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

          177 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

          137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: sgordon

            Second Frankies
            Ill add the meatball shop, I think they have good veg balls...
            You could have tons of 5USD dumplings for 25USD, there are lots of good spots down that way, search the site.

            349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: sgordon

              Oops. Just noticed you're a vegetarian. So cross off some of the above - Cibao, Schiller's, and the Pho places. The Mexican and Italian places, though, will be good. And if you're doing veggie sushi you could certainly do some rolls at Sachiko's for your price range.

              72 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            2. Falai Panetteria
              Tai Thai


              Falai Panetteria
              79 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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              1. re: LeahBaila

                How could I have forgotten Panetteria? Probably I was thinking of the Falai flagship too much, well out of the OP's price range. But definitely makes my list, too!

                68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002