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Staying for the weekend in Soho/Wall Street area...suggestions?

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The bf and I were supposed to stay at a friend's cousin's place (in Flushing) but after some back and forth (and us not wanting to party for $200 with people we barely know aside from our 2 other friends who are driving with us), we've decided to book a hotel to stay in the city and meet them up during the day instead.

Since we'll be doing our own thing, and our hotel is located on 126 Water Street (Holiday Inn express), I'm looking for some good places to chow down (whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or midnight snack).

As long as it's within budget (nothing ridiculously expensive), I'm happy. And we're willing to subway/cab it out too.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. "As long as it's within budget..."

    It would help to know what your budget is. ;) "Not too expensive" means different things to different people. Also, any particular types of food you like or absolutely can't stand? There are thousands upon thousand of restaurants here...

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    1. re: loratliff

      Sorry for not being clear, I'd say we'd be willing to fork our around $20-30 for lunch, and dinner uping it up to $40. I don't know if that gives enough room to play with though.

      My source for NYC restos has gone MIA so I kinda need some help :P

      1. re: caramielle

        Are the figures you've provided per person? Are they for food only? You need to keep in mind drinks (alcoholic?), nearly 9% tax, and 20% tip.

        Also, as loratliff indicated, it would be very helpful to know your cuisine preferences and any avoids.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        1. re: RGR

          Okay...didn't realized I had to be that specic on the Manhattan food board (I usually post in Montreal that's why)

          So criteria:

          *Trying to keep it at a budget of approx $20-40 total (for two people) + tips & taxes since it's just a simple weekend and my bf doesn't appreciate fine dining the way I do (still have to work on that haha)
          *No cuisine preference - we like to try absolutely everything (but maybe a limit to the junk food...ie: less greasy stuff)
          *We don't drink alcohol with our meals when we're out of town...mainly because we end up going out for drinks with friends afterwards

          1. re: caramielle

            With literally hundred and hundreds of restaurants in Manhattan, providing specifics helps us to recommend places that will most likely be a good fit for you.

            In the area of your hotel, Luke's Lobster, on William St., near Broad, serves a first-rate lobster roll at a very reasonable cost.

            Luke's Lobster photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            In the West Village, go to The Spotted Pig for a great burger.

            Spotted Pig photos:

            In SoHo, I highly recommend lunch (or brunch) at The Dutch. Share the boatload of fried chicken (comes with two biscuits), an order of fries (a huge mound), and a piece of scrumptious pie, and you will meet your budget.

            The Dutch photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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            Spotted Pig
            314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

            The Dutch
            131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

            Luke's Lobster
            26 William St, New York, NY 10005

    2. If it's not too late, Wall & Water (inside the Andaz hotel just down the street from you) is a wonderful restaurant, using mostly local ingredients, for any meal of the day. If you can, request table #1, which faces the open kitchen. $20-30/entree, I think.

      Also in your area is the South Street Seaport. A lot of people call this area a culinary wasteland, but I recently went to Barbarini Ristorante and had a really fabulous Italian dinner. It's at the back of Barbarini Mercata (a gourmet Italian grocery shop), and has a romantic dining room with brick walls. Very low-key, but still elegant and romantic. <$20/entree.

      Both of these restaurants are definitely within walking distance for you. Let us know what you end up doing!

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      Barbarini Alimentari
      225 Front Street, New York, NY 10038

      Wall & Water
      75 Wall St, New York, NY 10005