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FMcT Jun 22, 2011 08:42 AM

Cheap and I mean cheap. Best options would be Italian, Mexican, or a good burger joint. Just want something good so high-rolling foodie friends will learn that yes you can find good food without spending lots of $. Thank you!

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    small h RE: FMcT Jun 22, 2011 09:36 AM

    Barrio Chino is good. But "cheap" means different things to different people, and it would be easier to advise you if you provided an actual price range, like $10/entree.

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    Barrio Chino
    253 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

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      FMcT RE: small h Jun 22, 2011 10:08 AM

      Yes, sorry, hoping to find something under $20 per person.

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        small h RE: FMcT Jun 22, 2011 10:39 AM

        If that's under $20 for food only, you can go to 'inoteca or Frankie's 17 for Italian, Taqueria or El Maguey y la Tuna for Mexican (in addition to the aforementioned Barrio Chino). I will leave the burger recommendations to people who eat burgers.

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

        'inoteca
        98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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

        Taqueria Lower East Side
        198 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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          RCC RE: small h Jun 22, 2011 11:28 AM

          You'd leave hungry if you spend under $20 at 'inoteca.

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          'inoteca
          98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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            small h RE: RCC Jun 22, 2011 01:49 PM

            I'm pretty happy with a calamari salad and an egg salad sandwich, but point taken - someone with a bigger appetite than mine would need more.

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      kathryn RE: FMcT Jun 22, 2011 12:14 PM

      Not Italian, Mexican, or burgers, but Cafe Katja is unique and in that price range.

      For burgers, you might have more luck if you can do East Village instead of the LES.

      Also Time Out NY just came out w/ their Cheap Eats 2011 issue. I'd check to see if they have any LES picks.

      http://newyork.timeout.com/restaurant...

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      Cafe Katja
      79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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        Hey19 RE: kathryn Jun 22, 2011 02:04 PM

        Souvlaki GR
        Taqueria LES
        meatball shop isnt that expensive.
        My suggestion is Souvlaki though.
        also, F high rolling foodie types, take them to Frankies 17, might be a bit more that 20pp, but its the resto I always trot out in this arguement. Awesome salad, awesome crostini, split a couple mains and some vino and you are done, prob under 30 at least.

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

        The Meatball Shop
        84 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

        Souvlaki GR
        116 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

        Taqueria Lower East Side
        198 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

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        Sparklydelite RE: FMcT Jun 22, 2011 02:15 PM

        Take your friends to Caracas Arepas. http://www.caracasarepabar.com
        It is cheap,(arepas are 8-11 each) totally delicious, and a foodie would appreciate it. It is sort of a small spot with only a few tables, but totally worth it. And they have an amazing sauce. I don't know what is in it, but it's great. Address is 93 1/2 E 7th St. It is casual, but a total gem, and delicious.

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

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          asiansupper RE: Sparklydelite Jun 22, 2011 03:13 PM

          Cafe Katja and Caracas would be good choices.

          Tiny's Giant Sandwiches are solid and cheap, but more like a cafe in terms of atmosphere.
          Punjabi Restaurant - the Indian takeout joint on Houston
          Kuma Inn?
          Shopsin's - breakfast/lunch only

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

          Shopsin's General Store
          120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

          Kuma Inn
          113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

          Cafe Katja
          79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

          Punjabi Grocery & Deli
          114 E 1st St, New York, NY 10009

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            kathryn RE: asiansupper Jun 22, 2011 04:07 PM

            I find it hard to get out of Kuma Inn for less than $30-40pp.

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            Kuma Inn
            113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

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            ChiefHDB RE: Sparklydelite Jun 22, 2011 03:13 PM

            Cheeky Sandwiches for a po boy, Russ & Daughters sandwiches ar $10-15. Zaab Elee is pretty cheap and you could get out of there for under $20.

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            Russ & Daughters
            179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Cheeky Sandwiches
            35 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

            Zabb Elee
            75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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            villainx RE: FMcT Jun 22, 2011 03:27 PM

            Local Hispanic joints (there are lots more, but these are the ones I go most often):

            - Cibao on 72 Clinton.
            - El Castillo de Jagua on 113 Rivington
            - Apolo on 168 Delancey. (Hispanic Chinese)

            If you are going for dinner, probably best time to visit Clinton Baking.

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            El Castillo de Jagua
            113 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            Cibao
            72 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            Apolo
            168 1/2 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

            The Delancey
            168 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002

            Clinton Street Baking Co.
            4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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