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Recommendations for West/East Village?

MinnesotaGuy May 4, 2013 12:57 PM

We'll be in NYC in about a month....4 adults, including 2 who are in NYC for the first time. Would like to have dinner one night in the Village (either W or E) at an inexpensive place ...entrees under $25, say. Are fine with making reservations if need be. Would be grateful for recommendations of good interesting places--rather than settle for a place that happens to have a table open. Thanks!

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    kathryn RE: MinnesotaGuy May 4, 2013 01:53 PM

    West and East Village is still a fairly big geographical area. Where are you staying? Maybe one side is more convenient than the other?

    Preferred cuisines?

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      MinnesotaGuy RE: MinnesotaGuy May 4, 2013 06:28 PM

      We're actually staying in midtown. Some preferred cuisines....Italian, Latin American, contemporary American, Chinese, Indian. To narrow it down, West Village...but we're pretty flexible.

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        kathryn RE: MinnesotaGuy May 6, 2013 05:58 AM

        If making a reservation is a requirement, L'artusi or Perilla. You might also like Joseph Leonard, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Pearl Oyster Bar but they don't take reservations. West Village is not very strong on Chinese and Indian. You will also find that a lot of places in the WV tend towards entrees closer to $30.

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          kathryn RE: kathryn May 6, 2013 08:25 AM

          Edit: forgot that Blue Ribbon Bakery is now on Opentable.

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          Lacrosse_Gastronomic RE: MinnesotaGuy May 6, 2013 06:15 AM

          The Marrow
          Empellon Taqueria

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          arepo RE: MinnesotaGuy May 4, 2013 07:49 PM

          Crispos (14th St) for really good Italian fare at a decent price by NY standards. Expect noise and crowds on weekends. It's popular.

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            rottyguy RE: MinnesotaGuy May 12, 2013 05:12 AM

            These are good solid places and are among our favorite go-to places in EV that aren't too spicey. They can get a little busy (but that's b/c they're good places :-)

            Cafe Mogador - Great, great Mediterrean food
            Zum Schneider - Great Bavarian food/beer (beer hall style, cash only).

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              rottyguy RE: rottyguy May 12, 2013 01:48 PM

              spicey = pricey.

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                Pan RE: rottyguy May 12, 2013 01:58 PM

                I like Mogador, except that you have to watch out for the mesclun side salads, which have a recurring problem of occasionally including rotten leaves.

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                ahoffman1202 RE: MinnesotaGuy May 12, 2013 06:45 PM

                Buvette! Butter and herbs creep into every corner of your nose. The entrees are surprisingly affordable. The coq au vin is terrific. The only tradeoff is it's usually jampacked and they dont take reservations-it will be loud and crowded and your server will be busy, but the food merits the hype.

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