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good, cool reasonably priced place not too far from penn station to eat and hang out

I will be going into the city with a group of friends ages 18-19 (none drinking age) to have dinner and hang out. I am looking for a place that has a cool vibe (not a fridays) that is not expensive and not too far from penn station (if thats possible). I am thinking about something along the lines of blockheads but that won't work because my group does not want mexican food.

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  1. my first thought was the Pio Pio on 10th Ave and 43rd, but when I looked to confirm the cross-streets I saw that there's another location very near to Penn. doesn't seem to be same ownership, though. i can only say that the one on 10th is quite good, inexpensive, and unusually stylish for a Pio Pio.

      1. re: thegforceny

        2nd Qi, the vibe is definitely not run-of-the-mill and the prices are reasonable.

        or Mad For Chicken/Turntable very busy on a friday night, has an energetic vibe, reasonable prices and great fried chicken.

      2. Schnnipers at 41st and 8th ave
        http://www.schnippers.com/8th-41st/
        Or south Co. Pizza has good seating options and excellent pizza (different from your typical nyc slice) plus other menu options
        http://www.co-pane.com/location-836.php
        If there are 6 or more of you call for a res

        1. Brother Jimmy's for BBQ and Burgers? Corner 31st and 8th, right across from Penn Station.

          1. Mooncake Foods on 30th street between 7th and 8th - definitely for that age group "comfort" Asian food - awesome food - hip locale - good music - $16 dinner specials

            1. The Breslin's not far but the drinks are rather expensive, food's fantastic though!

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              1. re: bronwen

                They're not old enough to drink :)

              2. 2nd. schnipper's- not fancy more like an old luncheonette but modern and good value.and burger joints are in. it only took 40 years for competition to the chains to return (now with a vengeance)

                1. I'm the worst person in the world to judge what a 18 or 19 year old would find "cool." But Larb Ubol is a very good casual Thai restaurant. 37thish and 9th. Whole fish dishes are amazingly good.