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low-mid range restaurants for dinners with friends in east village

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I often go on dinner dates with my friends at the same east village/Flatiron restaurants (eataly and momofuku noodle bar) and am looking to branch out.
If anyone can recommend some yummy and low-mid range restaurants for me and my friends to eat at in the east village, it would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Jeepney
    Motorino
    Ramen Misoya
    Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
    Zabb Elee

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    1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

      Your list is pretty much same as my list would be.
      I'll add Maharlika ( which I like better than Jeepney)
      Caracas Arepas
      Lavagna
      Mighty Quinn
      Soba Koh
      Yokocho
      Ukrainian Home

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        I love the appetizers at Jeepney but prefer the entrees at Maharlika.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          I'll second Ukranian Home and Mighty Quinn (though getting a table with a group is stressful).

          1. re: sugartoof

            I have mixed feelings about the Ukrainian home food-wise, but not a bad place for groups.

            1. re: alkonost

              It's a mixed bag. I would stick to the Ukranian type specialties of which they make some of the better versions in the city. Good borscht, stuffed cabbage, pirogies, blintzes, potato pancakes.

              1. re: sugartoof

                I agree, Ukrainian/Polish Specialties. I once went there with a friend of mine from Poland, and she was speaking Polish to the cook. She mentioned something about the owner or his wife being Polish. Not sure what the story is there, but maybe someone has some info on that.
                Also, I always get the chicken cutlet there. It's a safe bet and so are the soups.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I don't know about the owners specifically, but it's not uncommon to find a Uke & Pole couple, being neighbors and all (and lots of history) they both understand the other's language.

                  I went there a couple times, but coming from a family with a Baba that really knew how to cook makes it difficult to dine out for Uke food.

          2. re: foodwhisperer

            Second Caracas. My go-to spot in EV!

            1. re: JulesTei

              Are you going with a group? Caracas is almost always overcrowded. It's hard enough just trying to secure a two top.

        2. Tink's
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9072...

          1. Il Posto Accanto
            Kuboya (right next to Misoya, just as good)
            Tacos Morelos (new storefront, not the cart)
            Goat Town (Definitely more mid-range, but great.)

            1. There was a thread 3 weeks ago on this same topic. Here's what I said then -

              In no particular order.

              Malai Marke - Indian

              Hot Kitchen - Sichuan

              Il Posto Accanto - Italian

              Sao Mai - Vietnamese

              Lavagna - Italian

              Guayoyo - Venezuelan

              Redhead - American Southern

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924390

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              1. re: Bob Martinez

                I'll have to check out the places on your list. I've only been to Lavagna.