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palomalou Jan 5, 2014 05:06 PM

My husband and I have moved back to NYC (Hudson Heights) after a long period living elsewhere. We are looking for hole-in-the-wall places with with good food cheap, places we could go often. High-end are easy to find for special occasions. I read a Washington Heights thread from about five years ago, but half the places recommended are closed. Washington Heights especially sought, but could be anywhere in the five boroughs, not only Manhattan.

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    AubWah RE: palomalou Jan 5, 2014 05:54 PM

    Great ny noodletown roast duck

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      kathryn RE: palomalou Jan 5, 2014 06:10 PM

      What's your budget per person before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

      For the other boroughs, you need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.

      Have you checked out realcheapeats.com?

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        foodwhisperer RE: palomalou Jan 5, 2014 08:29 PM

        There are several Dominican Places in Washington Hts. on Broadway . Most are very good and inexpensive.

        1. Ttrockwood RE: palomalou Jan 5, 2014 08:44 PM

          Midtown lunch is a great resource- not just midtown- and all meals are $10 or less, great honest reviews

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            mrnyc RE: palomalou Jan 5, 2014 08:44 PM

            i really like cachapas y mas just below the gwb bus station. its fast food venezuelan. they have a website with the menu. good for a filling lunch. not great nor particularly super authentic but tasty enough.

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              palomalou RE: palomalou Jan 8, 2014 08:53 AM

              Kathryn, $25 before tax and tip. I'm really looking for hole-in-the-wall!

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                kathryn RE: palomalou Jan 8, 2014 09:24 AM

                Definitely check out realcheapeats.com and midtownlunch.com.

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                MrGrumpy RE: palomalou Jan 8, 2014 08:58 AM

                Minar for Indian food midtown

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                  barberinibee RE: palomalou Jan 8, 2014 09:51 AM

                  Not Washington Heights, but Symposium near Columbia University is price friendly and has quite a few tasty rustic Greek dishes. Has a quiet outdoor space in summer.


                  Further uptown but still not Washington Heights, Bettolona uses fresh ingredients to turn out bright Italian-American food and pizza. Live music some nights no cover.


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                    plf515 RE: barberinibee Jan 8, 2014 03:47 PM

                    I went to Symposium recently. I had taramasalata and gyros. It wasn't very good. Perhaps I just hit it on a bad afternoon.

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                      barberinibee RE: plf515 Jan 8, 2014 05:28 PM

                      I so much enjoy their skordalia, octopus and radikia (dandelion) I find I order it almost every time I am there. I've had their taramosalata and I don't remember it being outstanding. I've never eaten their gyros.

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                    Alan Henderson RE: palomalou Jan 8, 2014 06:13 PM

                    I'd also give Dave Cook's eating in translation a look.


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