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Jul 4, 2012 12:06 PM

Cheap, Group, Late Night, Union Square, Dinner

I'm Manny and I've been following the NYC digest for almost a year now, this is the first time I'm posting and I'm looking for a recommendation.

I need to:

1. Feed 8 people cheaply. No more than $300 including tax and tip
2. Open late. Dinner will be at 10:30pm
3. Walking distance from Union Square

I hope I'm not being too demanding

Thank You

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  1. What day of the week?

    How far in advance are you planning?

    $300 for 8 including tax and tip, but any wine/drinks? Otherwise it comes out to about $30pp?

    5 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks for replying !
      I forgot to add that this is for this Saturday night July 7th

      1. re: ghettointlectual

        Some options:
        1. During the day, go to Ippudo and put your name down for later on that night
        2. Motorino may not be too busy by that time of night
        3. One of the many Thai restaurants in the East Village. Maybe Zabb Elee. They're open until 3am.

        1. re: kathryn

          Zabb Elee is open until 3AM now? That's great! They used to say they were open til midnight but they often closed at 11.

          1. re: hungrycomposer

            i had the same reaction: is this recent?...because i walked in at around 11pm a couple weeks ago to get takeout and their kitchen was already closed...

            1. re: Simon

              Oops, misread the hours! That's for their Queens location. Drat!

    2. The timing might be a little tight (they close at midnight), but Vapiano is very close to Union Square, and inexpensive; it's sort of a glorified cafeteria. The food is alright - pizza, pasta, salad, etc. - and it's a big space.

      1. Thank You all for the advice, I think I"m going to do a walk around and look into Ippudo, Motorino and Vapaino and decide.

        Thank You very much

        1. If you are careful about what you order Duke' or Big Daddy's might work.
          Not fancy but good comfort food. Friendly atmosphere.

          1. For a large group on a budget Chinese food is a good choice.
            The Cottage on Irving Pl has good Chinese food and they served free wine the last time I was there. Order 6-8 entrees and share family style.
            Open late too!

            2 Replies
            1. re: Motosport

              i've never been to Cottage, but this is the very first time i've ever heard anyone praise it...all other reports have been there a dish or two that you can recommend there?

              1. re: Simon

                Cottage has decent food. It's not fine Chinese dining but they are close to Union Sq, inexpensive, open late and serve free wine. Not bad for a group on a budget.
                We usually order a variety of dishes. It's standard Chinese fare.