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Mercer and Houston - any recos in walking distance

I am meeting a friend on this corner tonight and I am tasked with choosing a dinner spot. Drinks somewhere before would be a plus. Not looking for 4* then again this hood doesnt have much of that. Ethnic is always good and would like to avoid pub food. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. These two don't actually make a corner anywhere do you have another cross street?

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    1. re: Alan Henderson

      Of course they make a corner. The corner of Mercer and Houston. It's where the Angelica Theater is.

      Drinks are easy: Pegu Club, on the south side of Houston just east of West Broadway. (Little signage so hard door to spot: it's just to the east of Dos Caminos, a restaurant with a big outdoor terrace.)

      Food is harder. There are a number of good places in the area -- but they're mostly hard to get into. For ease of entry, I'd suggest the excellent Rouge et Blanc, on MacDougal St. south of Houston. Or, if burgers will suffice, B&B on the south side of Houston just west of Mercer.

      1. re: Sneakeater

        The original post was asking about Bleecker and Houston for the record.

        1. re: Alan Henderson

          You're right about THAT. Good luck finding THAT corner!

        2. re: Sneakeater

          I have been to B&B and love it. Looking for a change.
          I also changed the post title within 3 min, you guys are quick.
          I am going around 6PM so I am hoping no place will be a tough table.

      2. Ushiwakamaru is close by. If you're willing to walk a bit further, parhaps Wong or Kin Shop.

        1. Go sit at the bar at Balthazar and slurp oysters, drink chablis; maybe get some steak frites. 5 minute walk.

          1. For ethnic nearby, there's also Bohemian and Hecho en Dumbo.

            You could also try to walk into Lupa, Acme, or Il Buco.

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            1. re: kathryn

              I tried to do those last three last night. Nothing approaching luck. Maybe because I've been burned, I'd be wary of walking into Balthazar, even.

              (I thought you needed the Secret Phone Number and a reservation to eat at Bohemian. Have they abandoned that?)

              1. re: Sneakeater

                Or, what we've been known to do...Pegu followed by Arturo's.

            2. For dinner: Lupa, The Dutch, Blue Ribbon, Il Buco AV. Cheaper: Parm or Rubirosa on Mulberry, Cafe Gitane on Mott, Cafe Habana on Elizabeth, Bianca on Bleeker - all within walking distance of Mercer/Houston