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Mar 16, 2011 07:01 PM

need a quiet, cozy cheap(ish) dinner spot near union sq

by cheapish I mean under $30/person for main course, drink, and maybe a shared appetizer or desert.

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  1. Look into the East Village. Much easier to eat cheap(ish) there than in other nabes near union sq. Some that I've been to are Jimmy's No 43 (good beer selection and solid eats -- really enjoyed the pork belly) and Cacio e Vino (can work within your budget if you order wisely). If upscale pizza works for your purposes, then Motorino would be a good option.

    Cacio e Vino
    80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. Via Emilia, on 21st and Park, serves well prepared Italian food at very attractive prices. The service and atmosphere are good as well.

      (Cash only.


      Via Emilia
      47 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

      1. La Follia is a pretty new Italian place on 19th St and 3rd ave. It has a wine bar section and restaurant and is definitely cozy. Pastas and main courses range from $11-18 and they have a good selection of wines by the glass or 1/2 carafe.

        La Follia
        226 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003