Save me from Applebees!
I'm meeting up with a couple of friends next week who I love, but who don't care near as much as I do about food and restaurants. We do share a lack of fundage in common, but I don't need expensive restaurants to enjoy eating out.
My friends do have some constraints though (no Asian food, no Mexican), and so do I (I'm vegetarian). I've met them at Dallas BB! (twice!) and at Fridays, and now Applebees was suggested (in part for a 2 -for-$20 special). They are not food adventurers, which I am. Even with the vegetarianism I can find a way to make most places work, but not Applebees, please, no!.
Are corporate chains successful in part because they're cheaper, and appeal to quesy eaters?
Hard to find a place really cheap that they will go to and isn't grim (to them) as a place to hang out and visit.
Anyone have suggestions for me?
How much ARE they willing to spend before tax and tip?
Not even, like, a nicer diner like Veselka?
Or a burger place like Bill's (which has a veggie burger)?
Pizza at Motorino or Keste or John's of Bleecker etc?
What about Indian food, like at Dhaba, which has a nicer atmosphere than most?
Middle Eastern, like Hummus Place?
109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Bill's Bar & Burger
22 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
the Fried Chicken Dinner at Noodle Bar would be a great option for a future date. may be tough to get a reservation now for next week. you usually have to book 30 days in advance, but it's only $100 plus tax and tip and drinks for up to eight people. six can eat well. eight could be stretching it, depending on appetites.
have you looked at Otto? their dishes are well priced and you could hang out a while, unlike some of the other (better) pizza places that Kathryn mentioned.
1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
Thanks for these great suggestions! Some may be perceived as slightly more costly than this group is comfortable with, but all are good ideas - much appreciated.