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Inexpensive place near NYU

We're going to a show at the Skirball Center (LaGuardia & Washington Sq. South) and want to have an early dinner beforehand. We don't want an expensive restaurant-- maybe $25. pp. Ethnic is good (Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, or Mediterranean, but not Japanese) or good American food. We would like someplace close by. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. $25pp before tax and tip? Or after?

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      1. re: Lizbet

        How about Galanga on West 4th? It's decent enough Thai for the neighborhood/price. Drunken noodles, pad thai, green curry. The only thing I'd avoid is the larb, it's very spicy but one dimensional.

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        Galanga
        149 W 4th St, New York, NY 10012

    1. I happen to like Bar Carrera. It is not that far away - on West Houston and Macdougal. Not expensive. You could get a few little sandwiches or split some cheese/meat plates and get a cheap bottle of wine and stay around your price range.

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      Bar Carrera
      146 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

      1. For Indian, you could do Jackson Diner on University between 10th and 11th, the Manhattan outpost of the famed Queens restaurant

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        Jackson Diner
        72 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

        1. There's a number of places on University place that are fairly cheap. Num Pang is on E. 12th just past University Pl., which is a very decent bahn mi place.

          There is also an Asian noodle place on the corner of E. 13th and University Place, can't think of the name right now.

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          Num Pang Sandwich Shop
          21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          L'Annam
          121 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: kathryn

              That's probably it. No, great it is not, but perfectly acceptable. ETA I haven't eaten there in quite a while, so maybe the quality's gone down.

          1. There is also the hummus/middle eastern place on the east side of university, we were there once about a year ago and it was satisfying in an affordable, reasonably healthy way, with actual service (which you wouldnt get at num pang, though the sandwiches are delicious).

            Pop bar (i think that is the name) is a new(ish) place also on that stret of university - we were only there for beers (big selection) and an order of tots, but it seemed well priced if you're looking for a burger.

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            Num Pang Sandwich Shop
            21 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

            Nanoosh
            111 University Pl, New York, NY 10003

            Pop Pub
            83 University Pl, New York, NY 10003