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Mar 31, 2011 04:02 PM

Restaurant near Cooper Union

Going to a play at the Public Theater on a Thursday night. Any suggestions for a moderately priced but delicious place for an early dinner?

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  1. The Smith

    The Smith
    55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    1. caracas arepa bar

      239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

      Caracas Arepa Bar
      93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Mamoun's Falafel
      22 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

      2 Replies
      1. re: thew

        You got me with Ippudo. What's your favorite ramen there?

        65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: Discerning1

          the Akamaru Modern is my go to, if i want something lighter the Tori Ramen is lovely

          be aware that they don;t take reservations, so you need to show up early. however if you show up early enough on the same day they will have seats for you at a set time, i believe

      2. Gyu-Kaku and Menkui-Tei are both pretty good, and cheapish. The former is fancier.

        34 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

        Men Kui Tei
        63 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: small h

          menkui tei has a fun quirky menu. generally good, but i have had a clunker or 2 there as well

          1. re: thew

            I've only been there for lunch, and I usually get whatever seafood or vegetable ramen is on special. I've never disliked the food, but the service can be slow and distracted. I'm a sucker for a place with a lot of handwritten signs, generally.