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quiet, unpretentious $40ish dinner near union sq

any suggestions on where to do this? happy to do it more cheaply, but trying to be realistic as i don't want to go to Chipotle.

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  1. Tocqueville has a $44 pre-theatre prix fixe. Available in the dining room before 6:30pm and in the bar all night long.

    1. I usually get a couple of tapas at Bar Jamon, although for under $40 that's admittedly light. Or, if you literally don't want Chipotle but don't mind something slightly similar, there is a Dos Toros right off Union Square.

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      1. re: sadie

        i use to love Dos Toros, but I feel like the quality has declined over the years.

      2. Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern? Or the Cellar at Beecher's is good as well (great mac 'n' cheese!). The Grey Dog is small but the food is good, with a diverse menu, and very reasonably priced.

        1. Old Town Bar for solid burgers and the like, Craftbar might be doable on that budget, or the Gramercy Tavern Tavern Room, depending what you're looking for. If you're looking for a three-course app/entree/dessert meal, maybe not, but two courses certainly.

          Otto isn't too far a walk from there, either. Nothing earth-shattering but solid.

          For cheap eats (though maybe not quiet) Republic is the restaurant of choice for college students on a budget. And you could eat well at most of the izakayas down on St Mark's place (though again, maybe not so quiet...)

          A little bit further of a walk (but hey, the weather's nice) is Korzo Haus on Avenue B. GREAT burgers, reasonable prices. Gut-busters, though, be warned.

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          1. re: sgordon

            Old Town Bar does get busy at times, so I'm not sure it would necessarily be that quiet.

            Otto is fairly loud to me, but I guess it might depend on where you end up sitting.

          2. Ootoya for non-sushi Japanese perhaps?

            Better ambiance than most izakayas (certainly far more upscale ambiance than Ootoya branches in Japan too!). Most dishes are between $5 - $20.

            FYI: http://www.ootoya.us/images/ootoya_me...

            1. da andrea or elephant and castle would be good options. solid food at both. elephant and castle is particularly quiet in a good way.

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              1. My favorite cheap eats nearby is mamoun's at 22 st mark's place- waaaayy better than chipotle but it may actually be the same price. ($40 would feed a family of 4 easily) Small place but tables to sit and eat, not really linger. Then go down the street to angel's share to spend the rest of your budget on a good cocktail.