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Snacks and drinks around 161 Ludlow?

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I'm going to a comedy show at No Fun Bar (Ludlow between Houston and Stanton) and want to meet friends beforehand for some snack-ish foods (like oysters or small plates) and some drinks.

I thought of Tiny Fork or Hill and Dale, but reviews seem mediocre. I'd really like to try Uncle Boons, but it's just too far away. My friends are walking down from around 14&A.

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  1. kuma inn is a few blocks down ludlow and still really good, but it is BYOB.

    taqueria lower east side is reliable, not great, but crowded as heck.

    you can snack at the bar at the grey lady on delancey near allen.

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    1. re: debinqueens

      Love the reasonably-priced margaritas at TLES.

    2. Check out Black Tree at 131 Orchard.

      Zucco Le French Diner at 188 Orchard. More of a dinner place, but you can have wine or beer and small plates at the bar if you aren't there at the height of dinnertime.

      Pala on Allen just south of Houston would work well too. Yummy flatbread pizzas are perfect to share, along with salads.

      1. Preserve24 or The Ten Bells both have oysters, and the latter is pretty much exclusively small plates.

        1. Schapiro's (new place on Rivington by Essex) has deals on oysters, solid place to hang with a few friends, snack on a few apps or shared plates. Good cocktails, too.

          1. Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is a block away, and their new outdoor beer garden is open now.

            Been meaning to try SakaMai after their NYT review, that could be an option as it is also quite close.
            http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/din...

            1. Lobster Joint

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              1. re: Motosport

                I tried to go to Lobster Joint and Tiny Fork on a recent super-hot day, and neither had the a/c on. So that might be a consideration, depending on the weather.

                I'm adding 'inoteca to my previous recommendations, and seconding Schapiro's.

                Sakamai is good, but quite pricey, if that's a concern. The Smoke Gets in Your Eyes cocktail is pretty cool, though.

              2. What do you guys think of Stanton Social?

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                1. re: katzimmer

                  That it has some good food and some less good food, and that it appeals primarily to 20-something women who like to shriek in unison. I go there when PR people from out of town ask me to recommend a place. For that purpose, it is excellent.

                  1. re: katzimmer

                    Very "scene-y", odds are you will have to yell at the person sitting across from you.

                  2. You might want to check out the Gin Palace. They have G&T on tap and typical bar food. It is a unique place and a short walk to Ludlow St.