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HOT DATE  |  BRING THE POSSE  |  GOURMAND TREATS  |  IMPRESS YOUR PARENTS  |  ON-THE-GO OPTIONS  |  PRIX-FIXE DEALS  |  POST-DRINKING


IMPRESS YOUR PARENTS

Little Poland
While everyone else drags Mom and Dad to Veselka, show off your insider knowledge at this lesser-known fine diner, where the comfort food—like kielbasa ($4.75) and cheese blintzes (two for $8.25)—is arguably better and definitely cheaper. 200 Second Ave between 12th and 13th Sts (212-777-9728)


Photograph: Shani Bar-On

Dean’s
Cozy booths facilitate restagings of idyllic family dinners—as do shared dishes like the pesto-and-veggie-heavy farfalle verdura ($17 for two). 215 W 85th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-875-1100); 801 Second Ave at 42nd St (212-878-9600); 349 Greenwich St at Harrison St (212-966-3200)

Georgia’s East Side BBQ
Carnivorous parentals will dig the thrifty fare at this kitschy, cozy ribs haven. Order oversize, shareable dishes like the buttermilk fried chicken ($14) or the luscious rib dinner ($18), which comes with two sides—all plenty big enough to go around. 192 Orchard St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-253-6280) —Kate Lowenstein

Peter Luger
Peter Luger may seem like the last restaurant you’d find in Cheap Eats, but at lunch the famed (and usually pocket-emptying) steakhouse offers its legendary porterhouse—ground and mixed with Prime Chuck—in the form of a mouthwatering burger for a mere $8.95. 178 Broadway at Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-387- 7400)

'inoShow the folks your worldly side and order up a selection of tramezzini (think triple-decker Italian tea sandwiches, $7) or braised fennel bruschetta (4 for $10) at this cozy wine bar. 21 Bedford St between Sixth Ave and Downing St (212-989-5769)

Wilfie & Nell
Those blessed with the sort of parents you’d share a beer with will find much to love at this West Village gastropub. Familiar yet refined plates include Berkshire pork sliders ($10 for three) and a grilled Gruyere and ham sandwich ($9). Just like home, only better. 228 W 4th St between Christopher and W 10th Sts (212-242-2990)

Dean's
Conduct your next family meeting over a charred, thin-crust square pizza (large pie $15) dispatched from the brick ovens at Dean’s. Pies teem with homemade sauce, fresh mozzarella and a choice of a dozen toppings. Bonus: The stately dining room is a 1902 beaux arts gem, perfect for impressing the 'rents. 215 W 85th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-875-1100)

Mooncake Foods
In Soho, amidst the boutiques and overpriced cafs, sits this affordable, Asian-inspired gem. Dishes like octopus and spinach noodles ($8.80) will sate adventurous types while others can nosh on the miso-glazed salmon ($8.80). 28 Watts St between Sixth Ave and Thompson St (212-219-8888)

Dim Sum Go Go
More than twenty different dumpling options make this eatery the perfect place to show your family how real New Yorkers eat—with chopsticks. Having trouble deciding? Share the Dim Sum platter ($11.95 for 10 pieces). 5 East Broadway between Catherine and Oliver Sts (212-732-0797)

Xicala
For the family that shares, tapas are the ideal meal. Order a selection of small, but hearty, plates like the garlic shrimp ($8) or the goat cheese-stuffed piquillo peppers ($8). 151B Elizabeth St between Broome and Kenmare Sts (212-219-0599)

HOT DATE  |  BRING THE POSSE  |  GOURMAND TREATS  |  IMPRESS YOUR PARENTS  |  ON-THE-GO OPTIONS  |  PRIX-FIXE DEALS  |  POST-DRINKING


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