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Aug 11, 2014 09:36 AM

Delicious, Interesting, Inexpensive - any ideas?

I have friends visiting from out of town this weekend, and I'm looking for ideas for where to take them, especially for Saturday night dinner. I want to find someplace fun and interesting, that they can't easily get at home (Boston). We're all students so don't have a ton of money, so nothing too expensive. Also trying to stay downtown - below 23rd st.

In terms of what I'm thinking - last time we went to Caracas Arepas and that was great - good food, sort of different but still very accessible, and price was amazing (I think we spent like $20pp). Right now I'm thinking maybe Ivan Ramen, but open to other ideas. Thanks!

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  1. $20pp including tax, tip, and any alcohol?

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    1. re: kathryn

      I think if it could be about $20-30pp for main dish + one or two shared apps, including tax/tip (no alcohol), that would be ideal. Or something in that ballpark.

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          1. Ivan's not a bad choice. Zabb Elee (suggested above) is great if they like spicy, and I don't think there's much in the way of that Northern-style Thai in Boston, or at least nothing notable. And the prices are great, good sized plates suitable for sharing and everything under $12.

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            1. re: sgordon

              Zabb Elee is Isan food, from Northeastern Thailand. Pok Pok in Brooklyn does Northern Thai food.

              Just because atmosphere is more convivial and dishes are a little easier to share, I would suggest Somtum Der on Ave. A between 5th and 6th for a group wanting Northeastern Thai. I think Zabb Elee is better for just one or two diners.

              1. re: Silverjay

                Interesting. I have been to both now and I am curious as to why you say this. We have always shared at Zabb Elee without problems. Menu at ZE is much bigger, more choices, although I don't necessarily think that is a good thing. Loved Somtum Der and I think the atmosphere is a little nicer.

                1. re: JC2

                  For a group, I prefer SSD.

                  ZE can feel a little cramped and the room isn't as comfy or cheerful. I totally discount the Bangkok dishes at ZE and much of the menu are variations on single theme- som tum, laab, yum salads. I don't find the menu as diverse. And the som tum are large entree sized. It's a great place for solo or couple dining though. IMHO.