Good casual place near Sunshin Cinema?
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.
As above, though I'd leave out Noodle Bar. Meh.
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)
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.