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East Village Simple Birthday Dinnner?

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It'll be for a party for less than 10. Something simple, maybe $20 or less per head.

I was thinking maybe Southern style, Mama's Food Shop or The Cardinal (though I don't know how many their $80 platter serves).
Pizza? Though Motorino seems a bit small/doesn't take reservations.
A place for a good burger? American? Italian?

Any suggestions?

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  1. 20 Dollars per head is extremely low. I think you're right that the platter option will be best. Momofuku does a fried chicken platter for 100 bucks for 8 people. It may just barely fit in your budget if people aren't drinking...

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    Momofuku Noodle Bar
    171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    1. Is that $20/pp with drinks, tax & tip? If you're careful (and not very hungry), you can probably do Cacio e Vino or Bona Fides. You might also consider a Chinese restaurant, although I can't think of any in the East Village that I'd send someone to.

      http://www.cacioevino.com/
      http://www.bonafidesrestaurant.com/

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

      Bona Fides
      60 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: small h

        Cacio e Vino was my thought too, though that'd definitely be w/o drinks/tip and even then it'd be difficult at that price...if the OP is willing to go to the West Village instead, Malatesta could work...

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        Malatesta
        649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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

      2. Momofuku fried chicken is a great idea. Or how about Zabb Elee for Thai? I organized 10 people for a bo ssam at momofuku ssam bar, and miraculously we got out for $28 a person, but it was a crowd of, uh, economical musicians. You could also look into Grand Sichuan, though I haven't been there for a while. I love the burgers and beer at Korzo haus, and with their cheap pitchers you could at least come close to your budget but you would need to reserve in advance since the place is small.

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        Momofuku Noodle Bar
        171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Grand Sichuan
        23 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

        Korzo Haus
        178 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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

        1. Lanza's on 1st ave. might be a good choice. If you get there early the prices are at "dinner special" prices. Frank is also good, but to get 10 people in Frank would be tough. It's always too packed. West Village Malatesta is good but only takes cash. Frankie Sputino ( Frankie 570) opened on Hudson St, that is a good spot, same menu as the Brooklyn location.

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          Malatesta
          649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

          Frank
          88 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Lanza's
          168 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

          Frankies 570 Spuntino
          570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          1. If you're willing to cross Houston you could also consider Taqueria Lower East Side, which is festive and affordable (but small, so see if you could get a reservation).

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