i am having a night out tomorrow with a childhood friend and her new boyfriend. she's from here but lives abroad and he is english. we want to go somewhere fun and not too expensive. she and i often wind up at the bulgarian bar in tribeca, mehanata, because it is fairly cheap, lively and reliably scene-free. i also like the food there, especially the melted cheese with hard boiled eggs and roasted vegetables.
anwyay, looking for something different, i tried searching for a place mentioned here maybe 6 weeks ago. a fairly new sake bar--avenue b or c? the post had abmenu link but i couldn't find it just now. from what i recall it was a reasonably priced restaurant and had a lot of vegetarian options, which i liked.
also, a couple of months ago, someone mentioned a new creative-sounding british place in tribeca. it sounded interesting and one in our party will be english so that might work.
i was also thinking of going to anywhere cafe in the east village or punch and judy (which i haven't been to yet).
as a frame of reference, i like the russian vodka room in midtown a lot--haven't tried that place uncle vanya's yet.
also, where is another unpretentious place where we can go instead of mehanata if we are up to dancing?