So I know this topic has been done to death, so if you're annoyed at the post please just ignore me. However, while I've read through old posts on these subjects (I promise I searched!) and looked at some of the sites people link (midtown lunch, for instance), the lists are kind of overwhelming and nothing really jumps out for a non-New Yorker. I also worried about the suggestions being out of date as I've seen that restaurants can go from amazing to terrible pretty quickly. So, if you're bored and are familiar with either of these areas, I would love some help/suggestions!
Where: Morningside Heights and the Village, though I'm more flexible about this area (Chinatown, LES, etc. are all totally acceptable).
When: For about 5 days in March.
Who: One person, college student
How much: Would prefer to spend no more than $10-15 per meal, drinks not included.
What: Suggestions for lunch and dinner places in these neighborhoods. Takeout is fine as well. I'm going to be there looking at grad schools and would love to find some good neighborhood places that I could enjoy visiting on a regular basis when I move there this summer. Though obviously I hope to visit the Eleven Madison Park style restaurants of NY at some point, I am, as I said, a college student who will be on a limited budget for the next few years. Therefore, I'm really looking more for your favorite casual places in these neighborhoods than I am for the absolute *best* places. I'm sure my price range (which is somewhat flexible, but still) suggests that, but just in case.
What kind of food I like: I grew up in a pretty small town in the south so I don't have a lot of experience with more unique food styles, and am unfortunately kind of picky as a result. I'm open to trying new things, but I would probably prefer Italian, American, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Indian etc. kind of suggestions over Ukrainian, Mongolian, etc.
I hope I covered all the questions you guys usually ask of original posters! I would really appreciate any suggestions!