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Lizbet Dec 27, 2011 07:29 PM

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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    DavyTheFatBoy Dec 30, 2011 06:39 PM

    Indian Creperie on Bleecker has excellent Dosas.

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    Indian Creperie
    190 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

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      jonkyo Dec 29, 2011 09:13 PM

      Mamoun's Falafel 119 MacDougal Street, then after you feed, go next door for some great coffee, and conversation. Next door is Cafe Reggio, classic and old.

      Otherwise, you really do not need to inquire much beyond knowing Olive Tree, just down the street south of Mamoun's, and representing Middle Eastern with a sit down atmosphere that beats most dining in regards to relaxing.

      Olive Tree Cafe:
      http://www.comedycellar.com/olive.shtml
      http://pics3.city-data.com/businesses...

      These two establishments are the only places to eat for those of the more fastidious, for other places in this area will leave you plagued by onslaughts of trendy attention getter style places.

      They have both stood the trail of time.

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      Mamoun's Falafel
      119 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      Olive Tree Cafe
      117 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      Caffe Reggio
      119 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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        carfreeinla Dec 29, 2011 06:53 PM

        Not sure if your show has come and gone but... I would stick to something south of Skirball. Last three visits to Skirball were preceded by 5 Guys, Burger and Barrel and a really cheap Mexican place about a block south. We may not have spent $25 per person if you added up all three visits per person!

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        Five Guys Burgers and Fries
        496 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

        Burger & Barrel
        25 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

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          Mike C. Miller Dec 29, 2011 03:56 PM

          Not the sort of place to knock your socks off, but my daughter is a student at NYU and is quite fond of The Smith at 55 3rd Ave. Good honest home cooking with an emphasis on simple things done reasonably well.

          http://www.thesmithnyc.com/menus/

          Very friendly folks, too. And just enough of a walk -- five or six blocks -- to refresh yourself before your show.

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          The Smith
          55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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            Lizbet Dec 28, 2011 01:32 PM

            Thanks for all the suggestions. But University and 12 St. is a little further than we would like. I was looking for a place just a five or ten-minute walk away. There are two Italian restaurants very close by: Tre Giovani on LaGuardia and Porto-Bello on Thompson. Has anyone tried either of those? I was considering Otto, but it has been criticized for being very noisy. We would like to have a conversation without yelling at each other. .

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            Otto
            1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

            Tre Giovani
            548 Laguardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

            Porto Bello
            208 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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              gloriousfood Dec 31, 2011 10:26 AM

              Tre Giovani was a frequent lunch haunt of mine when I worked in that neighborhood. It's pretty good. Decent food that won't knock your socks off but a fun, casual place.

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              Tre Giovani
              548 Laguardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

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              fm1963 Dec 28, 2011 01:21 PM

              How about Otto or Keste?

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              Otto
              1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

              Keste Pizza & Vino
              271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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                tex.s.toast Dec 28, 2011 12:24 PM

                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

                1. linguafood Dec 28, 2011 09:42 AM

                  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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                    kathryn Dec 28, 2011 10:03 AM

                    L'Annam? It's OK, not great.

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                      linguafood Dec 28, 2011 10:14 AM

                      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.

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                    asgaynor Dec 28, 2011 08:31 AM

                    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

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                      eeee Dec 28, 2011 07:56 AM

                      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

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                        kathryn Dec 28, 2011 07:25 AM

                        $25pp before tax and tip? Or after?

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                          Lizbet Dec 28, 2011 01:25 PM

                          $25. before tax and tip.

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                            kathryn Dec 28, 2011 01:39 PM

                            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

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