Eating Out in New York

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Eating in New York is a wondrous thing. You can find plenty of New York restaurants that are fairly inexpensive and uniformly good. There are also a lot of ethnic New York restaurants, resulting in a great diversity that surpasses most cities.

It's best to avoid tourist areas like Little Italy and Times Square if you want to enjoy the best values. Some hip areas to find great New York restaurants at budget-friendly prices are Chinatown, the East Village, and the Lower East Side. 

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Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar West Village

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Came here for a birthday party with 10 people and we had a great time.The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the wine was well-selected.

Offers a great atmosphere for a party or group because there's a lot of mingling and socializing.

The staff were more than accommodating for everything we needed. They even let us split the bill into small chunks to make paying easier.

One very minor quibble: there was some slight trouble with the food arriving in spurts, but it's understandable with a 10-person group. One friend ordered a salad but it came more..

type:French
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tel:212-693-15-78
url:www.ayzanyc.com
address:1 7th Avenue South
PriceOfMenu:20$
email:valeriewhittier00@gmail.com

Patsy Grimaldi's Pizzeria

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Truly great brick-oven pizza with thin crust and fresh ingredients. You get fresh meats and veggies and slices of real mozzarella, not the processed, shredded stuff. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge (or take the A or C to High Street) and fill yourself up. Only whole pies (no slices) and cash only.

type:Italian
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address:19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
tel:718-858-4300

Pisticci

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A small, basement Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side in the Columbia University neighborhood.  Cheap eats and an operatic waitstaff who attend school at the Manhattan School of Music down the street during the day make for an enjoyable evening meal for locals.

type:Italian
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address:125 La Salle St. (between 122nd and 123rd Streets),
tel:(212) 932-3500
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Arlecchino

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My favourite Italian place in the Village.

type:Italian
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address:192 Bleecker St.
tel:(212) 475-2355

Brasserie 44

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Anchoring the long lobby at its farthest end – and removed somewhat from its bustling activity – '44' is a chicly understated enclave with spacious curved velvet banquettes, providing the perfect setting – morning, noon and night – to enjoy outstanding cuisine. The critically acclaimed '44' restaurant serves innovative American cuisine.

type:American
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tel:212 944 8844
url:www.royaltonhotel.com
address:44 West 44th Street

Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar West Village

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Ayza
Ayza
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Came here for a birthday party with 10 people and we had a great time.The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the wine was well-selected.

Offers a great atmosphere for a party or group because there's a lot of mingling and socializing.

The staff were more than accommodating for everything we needed. They even let us split the bill into small chunks to make paying easier.

One very minor quibble: there was some slight trouble with the food arriving in spurts, but it's understandable with a 10-person group. One friend ordered a salad but it came more..

type:French
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tel:212-693-15-78
url:www.ayzanyc.com
address:1 7th Avenue South
PriceOfMenu:20$
email:valeriewhittier00@gmail.com

Angelo's Coal Oven Pizza

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Nice cheap Pizza place.

type:Italian
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address:117 W. 57th St
tel:(212) 333-4333
PriceOfMenu:vrDpCdine

Quantum Leap Restaurant

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This is kinda far out in Queens - but if you get a chance to be in the neighborhood - this vegetarian restaurant has amazing brunch.  It also serves fish to and has market next door that sells organic produce and has a large supple of supplements. 

type:Vegetarian
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tel:(718) 461-1307
address:6560 Fresh Meadow Ln Flushing, NY 11356

Bombay Palace

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They do set menus and also a set buffet. This is an upmarket emporium as you might guess from the location - prices reflect this fact. For a meal that you would pay $30 elsewhere, you pay $45+

That said, the food is consistent and I have revisited many times

The Bhel Puri as a starter is stunning (a vegetarian dish consisting of rice and spice!)

type:Indian and Pakistani
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address:30 W 52nd St (btwn 5th & 6th)
tel:212-541-7777

Trailer Park Lounge

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Trailer Park Lounge NYC
Trailer Park Lounge NYC
photo by: R. McCarry

We found this great place after seeing it on the Food Network. When you walk in it looks like you are going back in time to an old trailer park. Lots of Elvis stuff and even a trailer. Good food that was served up fast with sweet potato fries. I myself am not a fan of sweet potatoes, but these were really good. Beer from a can or a few on tap. Typical American foods like burgers, dogs, grilled cheese. Inexpensive fun place to eat. You'll probably want to bring your camera.

type:American
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tel:212-463-8000
url:www.trailerparklounge.com
address:271 W 23rd St, New York 10011 Btwn 7th & 8th Ave
PriceOfMenu:$5-10 dollars

Sylvia's Soul Food Restaurant

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Sylvia’s is hands down the best soul food restaurant in the city of New York, if not the world. Former President Bill Clinton, Reverend Al Sharpton, and the infamous Bill O’Reilly are just a few of the famous people that have eaten at Sylvia’s. The menu features items such as sweet potatoes, barbecued ribs, chicken, spicy greens, and more. With room for more than 450 guests, Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant takes up a good portion of a city block.

type:Local
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tel:212-996-0660
url:www.sylviassoulfood.com
address:328 Lenox Avenue, Harlem
email:info@sylviasrestaurant.com

Vatan's

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Interesting venue that's worth a visit.

Ask the waiter to make recommendations and they do just that.

Very reasonably priced - be sure to book in advance. The decor alone is worth the effort of visiting.

Can't recall if it's vegetarian only, it may be.

type:Indian and Pakistani
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zipcode:10016-8103
address:409 3rd Ave @ 41st
tel:212-689-5666

Apple Restaurant

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This restaurant is really a pan asain type of restaurant.  It's really spacious so it seats large groups but is also private enough for intimate gatherings.  The bar area is very cool and the drinks are unique and quite tasty.   It was a good place to go because it's near the shopping area, NYU and Washington Sq park.

type:Vietnamese
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tel:212-473-8888
url:www.applerestaurant.com
address:17 Waverly Place
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Sushi of Gari

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You'll have to get in line to eat at this small Upper East Side restaurant and pay a pretty penny to boot. This is a place where the attention is placed directly upon the food and how good it's supposed to taste. This is a very small restaurant and I would not recommend it for large groups. Be sure to call ahead and get a reservation.

type:Japanese
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zipcode:10021
PriceOfMenu:$35-70
address:402 E 78th St.
tel:212-517-5340

Big Wong

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Great authentic chinese food, cheap prices, no atmosphere. The duck and roast pork are delicious, noodle dishes like spicy beef chow fun are fabulous, and you can eat well for about $5 a person. Just don't expect a quiet meal and be ready to share a table with asian locals.

type:Chinese
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address:67 Mott St.
tel:(212) 964-0540

Bogota Latin Bistro

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New Year's Eve at Bogota
New Year's Eve at Bogota
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Bogota Latin Bistro is a pan-latin restaurant with cuisine spanning Central and South America with a focus on Colombian food. Bogota also features a full bar serving up New York's best mojitos and tropical drinks. It has an enclosed outdoor patio and can accomodate parties of up to 100 people. Open late until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Bogota also offers Sunday brunch from 12 noon to 4 pm. Happy Hour all night Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays means $5 mojitos and $3 imported latin american beers.

type:Spanish
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accessibility:wheelchair accessible
tel:718 230-3805
url:www.BogotaBistro.com
address:141 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
PriceOfMenu:$3-18
email:eat@bogotaBistro.com

Bukhara Grill

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Bukhara Grill  NYC
Bukhara Grill NYC

Bukhara Grill is offering New York a new dining experience...flavors of the long-forgotten Northwest frontiers of India.

The restaurant offers a very spacious, rustic, yet highly sophisticated interior with an old-fashioned stonewall finish. Hand-woven Persian carpets are elegantly draped from the ceilings, and the atmosphere as a whole does indeed satisfy the yearnings of a mind bent toward whimsical creativity.

A passionate team of servers and chefs, who believe in absolute perfection, help to enhance your dining experience to a higher degree of satisfaction, a more..

type:Indian and Pakistani
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address:217 E. 49th St
url:www.bukharagrillusa.com
tel:(212) 888-2839

Jerusalem II Pizza (kosher)

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New York is home to the best pizza in the world, and this is one of the premir pizza shops in midtown.  This is fast food at its tastiest and greasiest.  Beware of the lunchtime crowds.

type:Lunch
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address:Broadway at 37th Street
PriceOfMenu:$3-10

San Pietro

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Upmarket Italian that's ideal for two, three or four people. Quite a small dining area but the cosiness is appealling. Ideal for that 'special' treat.

type:Italian
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zipcode:10022
address:18 E 54th Street
url:www.sanpietro.net
tel:212-753-9015

Bay Leaf

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Good lunch buffet.

type:Indian
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address:49 W. 56th St.
tel:(212) 957-1818
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