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May 16, 2011 10:17 AM

Quick eats around 11th street and 3rd ave by Awesome 80's Prom Show

I am taking my teenage daughter and her friends, around 12 to 14 people, to the Awesome 80's Prom Show on a Saturday night in the summer.
We are traveling from the northern suburbs, so I have to feed everyone too.
Being that the show is the main entertainment for the evening, I am looking for some quick eats in the area, but nothing too cheap or boring like McDonalds. Something that would be easy in and out, like a Shake Shack or a good pizza place, possibly Mexican. Alcohol isn't a factor because it's all teenagers.
But I don't want a sit down place that would take too long, as the night will be long enough with the travel both ways, and the Prom show.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Motorino, on 12th, b/t 1st & 2nd Av., serves delicious pizza. It's not a very large place, and since I'm not sure if they take reservations, it would be best to call and ask if they can accommodate a group your size.

    Motorino photos:

    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

    3 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      "We accept reservations at our Brooklyn restaurant Monday - Thursday for parties of 6 or larger only. Please give us a call to check availability.

      We do not accept reservations at our East Village location.

      Feel free to give us a call during any service and ask to be put on our wait list."

      A party of 12-14 would be an awfully long wait on a Saturday night I would think. And OP said they didn't really want a place with sit down / table service.

      1. re: kathryn

        Oops! I now see that about not wanting table service.

        1. re: RGR

          It's the 12-14 people part that really makes Motorino impossible, but if it's a nice night they could call ahead to pick up, and eat in Tompkins.

          349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

    2. Take out / counter service ideas (though 12 is a LOT of people for many of the places here in general):
      Blue 9 burger
      Mamoun's falafel
      Slices at South Brooklyn Pizza, Artichoke, perhaps even the 99 cent place on St Marks
      Luke's Lobster

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

      Blue 9 Burger
      92 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

      2 Brothers Pizza
      32 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      Baoguette Cafe
      37 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      Luke's Lobster
      93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      South Brooklyn Pizza
      122 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

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      1. re: kathryn

        I would imagine Luke's Lobster with 10+ gets very spendy.

        1. re: kathryn

          I was kind of looking at Blue 9 burger, but then my daughter was looking at Stand4. But the recent reviews are very mixed for Stand4.
          Has anyone been to both, and can compare the two and suggest what a bunch of kids from the suburbs would like between the two places?

          24 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: miketttt

            Stand has cocktails, beer, etc. so I would view it more as a an adults restaurant.

            Blue 9 is much more like a fast food joint. Order at the cashier, wait for your number, that sort of thing.

            1. re: miketttt

              Blue 9 is good fast food burgers, with funky sauce for french fries.

              Stand4 is upscale burger that is not exactly gourmet but pretty decent. Not exactly big for big eaters, but should be enough. And cool burger toppings without intimidating young eaters. Fun sides and shakes and beers. I use to go more often when it was two for one burgers after 10pm. That is pretty big space that should fit your crowd, but definitely make a reservation anyway.

              Looks like you found a good choice by yourself. My only warning is that it'll be a little bit more expensive that you think, but still not outrageous.

              1. re: miketttt

                Stand is pricier, and a physically nicer place. Blue 9 is fast food, and cheaper, but not so satisfying for big appetites.

            2. I would say Japanese is your best bet: MenkuiTei for decent ramen, should be big enough to accommodate. Or Panya which is a bakery but has various Japanese rice and noodle dishes (plus some Mexican too), there's tables for you to seat yourselves, and including the outdoor seating, should not be a problem for your group. The two places should have good food even for traditional eaters.

              Blue 9 would do it for fun burgers and fries. I don't think you'll have problem with seats there.

              Veselka is a good diner type place, with some decent Polish offerings.

              Dallas BBQ on 2nd Ave might be an option. They'll be quick and not too expensive, even if not the great BBQ.

              What time is your show, and are you thinking eating before or after show?

              8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

              144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

              Dallas BBQ
              132 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. Avoid Shake Shack Madison Square Park for a quick meal. It *should* be in and out, but the concept and maybe food have captivated people and it is common to wait in line over an hour

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                1. Baoguette isn't a bad choice in this case.

                  Xian and Artichoke would work, though both have very limited menus.

                  Caraces Arepas bar, from the take out side.

                  Whitney's burgers is similar to Shake Shack, and small, but worth checking into. Like Shake Shack, it can add up with a group.

                  Vanessa's Dumplings on 14th, isn't as cheap at the original location, or even as good, but it's there, very cheap, and would be good if there are any dietary concerns in the group.

                  There's also a Chipotle nearby....

                  ...A number of Ramen places...

                  Finally, Num Pang has a diverse range of sandwiches, around the $9 range that are pretty hearty and interesting.

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

                  Vanessa's Dumplings
                  220 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Num Pang Sandwich Shop
                  21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Xi'an Famous Foods
                  81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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                  1. re: sugartoof

                    I like alot of the places mentioned upthread, but you folks realize that most of the places, Xian, Caracas, Artichoke, Mamouns, Motorino, Luke's, etc. are basically a logistic nightmare for a group of 10+ people, especially on Saturday.

                    It might be manageable if the OP don't mind a bit of waiting on line, and finding a park bench or standing in the street to eat, but I guess that really has to be red flagged as such. Of course, if that's okay, Num Pang and Dos Toros are probably plus options.

                    1. re: villainx

                      Well they did want potential take away options so there's a wide range of choices to pick from.

                      Dos Toros is a good idea.

                      1. re: villainx

                        I mentioned in my post that most takeout places in the East Village are small.

                        Given that the 80s prom thing has doors at 7:30, they'll probably eat closer to 6:30. The waits should still be manageable. Hopefully the weather is decent that night, too.