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Good casual place near Sunshin Cinema?

nokitsch Oct 4, 2012 10:51 AM


I am looking for a good casual place on lower east side/east village near Sunshine on Houston and 1st, roughly. I am thinking 'inoteca for now.

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    DavyTheFatBoy Oct 6, 2012 05:49 AM

    We're very happy with Boca Chica at First and First.

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    1. re: DavyTheFatBoy
      kk202 Oct 6, 2012 07:38 AM

      I second Boca Chica!

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      City Kid Oct 6, 2012 04:46 AM

      You might try Lina Frey, a French bistro on E. Houston between Ludlow and Orchard. It has a cool vibe, quite good food, and is definitely casual and reasonable.

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        Pan Oct 4, 2012 09:48 PM

        I like Inoteca and definitely prefer it to DBGB, which is more crowded and more expensive but not as good a value, in my opinion.

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          small h Oct 4, 2012 05:31 PM

          Tre is a pretty good substitute for 'inoteca, if the latter is crazy crowded. You can go the small plates route there with the "street foods" portion of the menu. I'm partial to the panzerotti, because they're tater tots, and who doesn't like tater tots? They do a good fried artichoke as well.


          I'll also second Taqueria, Spitzer's Corner, and Schiller's, although on a weekend evening you might have a tough time getting a table at any of them.

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            cath Oct 4, 2012 01:15 PM

            I had a really good meal at Sorella recently. I also like Pulino's in that area.

            1. sgordon Oct 4, 2012 12:26 PM

              As above, though I'd leave out Noodle Bar. Meh.

              Also add:
              Family Recipe (great little neighborhood joint that more people shoudl know about, fresh & creative food, right around the corner on Eldridge)
              Macondo (good Central/South American fare, can be really busy & sceney on the weekends though)
              Taqueria LES (on the cheaper end, nothin' fancy, just decent tacos)
              Spitzer's Corner (great beer list)
              Schiller's Liquor Bar (sceney/busy again, and loud)

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                crsin Oct 6, 2012 09:20 AM

                Thanks for the heads up on Family Recipe, looks good. I'll have to check it out.

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                peter j Oct 4, 2012 11:41 AM

                Mission Chinese Food
                Zabb Elee

                1. Motosport Oct 4, 2012 11:21 AM

                  Katz's immediately comes to mind!!
                  Noodle Bar
                  Stanton Social Club

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                    nokitsch Oct 4, 2012 02:46 PM

                    Thanks, all. What about Lucien - I must've walked by that place a million times, but I hear mixed reviews.

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                      GaryUES Oct 5, 2012 11:51 AM

                      I've been to Lucien several times; they have really good escargot, but during prime weekend hours it can be hectic. What about Prune? Great food at fair prices, however it is small, so either a reservation or an off-hour visit is best.

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