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Underground/ Hip/ Cheap dinner spots?

lhease Mar 20, 2013 06:10 PM

Meeting two NYC friends for dinner tomorrow. They love trendy places like Mission Chinese and slow food restaurants. Any good similar restaurants? Also underground restaurants w/ unique experiences are a plus. However, we have a limited budget (less than $20 a person, the cheaper the better).


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    kathryn RE: lhease Mar 20, 2013 06:32 PM

    $20pp BEFORE tax and tip? Or after? Makes a big difference on such a low budget...

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      Hey19 RE: lhease Mar 21, 2013 06:19 AM

      get a taco or two and rice/beans, and a beer, prob about 20. I like their food, and its a pretty cool space.

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        Tommy D. RE: lhease Mar 21, 2013 06:58 AM

        Ramen Misoya
        Mad for Chicken

        1. sgordon RE: lhease Mar 21, 2013 09:04 AM

          You're not going to find many trendy slow food places at that price, unfortunately. But here are some good ones that might meet one category or the other:

          Xi'an Famous Foods (the Bayard St location will be less crowded / has more seating than the St. Mark's location)
          Pok Pok Phat Thai
          Spicy Village (fka Henan Flavor)
          Meatball Shop

          ...or grab a few tacos at the Tacos Morelos cart on 2nd & A, and take 'em to the bar across the street.

          You could theoretically do Mission for that price, since everything is served family-style. Wouldn't leave much budget for drinks, though.

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          1. re: sgordon
            squid kun RE: sgordon Jun 24, 2013 12:14 PM

            Speaking of Morelos, it's going brick-and-mortar ... http://evgrieve.com/2013/06/on-east-9...

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              sgordon RE: squid kun Jun 24, 2013 12:34 PM

              Oh, I hope the cart stays up! I imagine it will, since the cart is 24/7 and a B&M probably couldn't be.

              Wondering if the B&M will have a more expansive menu, though... I'll definitely check it out. They have a B&M out in Queens, have to see what their menu is like, if it's much different.

            2. re: sgordon
              foodwhisperer RE: sgordon Jun 25, 2013 02:44 PM

              Not sure about hip, underground and cheap. So i'll stick to cheap.
              I 2nd Pok Pok Phat Thai, Meatball Shoppe,Ramen Misoya ( not really hip),
              Then I throw in Yokocho, Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches, Nam Peng, Yunnan Kitchen, Pig and Khao, Inoteca ( Ludlow),
              Taisho, Luke's Lobster Roll, Kuma Inn, Japadog, Cha'An, Motorino, Pala

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