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East Village Simple Birthday Dinnner?

dar482 Sep 28, 2011 08:03 AM

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?

  1. loratliff Sep 29, 2011 10:38 AM

    What about Jimmy's No. 43? Most of the large plates are under $20—and don't they do a $10 blue plate a few nights per week too?

    Jimmy's No. 43
    43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: loratliff
      InfoMofo Sep 29, 2011 11:04 AM

      I love me Jimmy's but a beer there is 8 bucks- and it would be frustrating to go there and not drink, imo.

    2. h
      hungrycomposer Sep 29, 2011 10:33 AM

      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).

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

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        foodwhisperer Sep 28, 2011 11:20 PM

        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.

        649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

        88 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        168 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

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

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          hungrycomposer Sep 28, 2011 04:41 PM

          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.

          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

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            small h Sep 28, 2011 02:34 PM

            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.


            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
              Simon Sep 28, 2011 03:12 PM

              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...

              649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

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

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              InfoMofo Sep 28, 2011 01:58 PM

              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...

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

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