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Top five for $25


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Top five for $25

KateC. | Aug 9, 2007 11:16 AM

What are your top five restaurants where you can get dinner for $25 or less?

I can think of plenty of mediocre places that I don’t think are worth the $25, but only a handful of good ones, and I’d like to expand my horizons. I’m looking for something better than Fanelli’s, Old Town, Coffee Shop, and Blue Moon Café. (Of course, others may disagree.) Also, it would be nice if it were actually possible to get a seat and not feel like you are eating on the 5 train at rush hour, but I realize at these prices you can’t have everything.

($25 should cover entrée, drink, tax, and tip. Places with seating only – no standing at counters or carts to consume the meal.)

Here are my top five:
1. Shake Shack
2. Café Gitane
3. Kuma Inn (LES pan-Asian, BYOB)
4. Nha Trang (Chinatown Vietnamese)
5. Inoteca (a stretch, since you would be limited to one panini and a glass of wine)

Burger Joint and Café Habana are too crowded to make my top five, although they serve excellent food.

Thanks for posting, can't wait to hear your recs!

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