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quiet, unpretentious $40ish dinner near union sq

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danf1970 Jul 23, 2013 06:38 AM

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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    Ttrockwood Jul 24, 2013 07:15 PM

    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.

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      sam1 Jul 23, 2013 01:27 PM

      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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        rrems Jul 23, 2013 08:29 PM

        +1 for Da Andrea

      2. kosmose7 Jul 23, 2013 01:12 PM

        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. sgordon Jul 23, 2013 12:56 PM

          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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            kathryn Jul 23, 2013 01:03 PM

            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.

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            hamgm915 Jul 23, 2013 08:52 AM

            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. sadie Jul 23, 2013 08:35 AM

              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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                Pookipichu Jul 23, 2013 09:24 AM

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

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                kathryn Jul 23, 2013 06:45 AM

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

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