Astors ($12.95-$16.95)316 Bowery (@ Bleeker St.), 253-8644 Su-Th 6pm-1am, F-Sa 6pm-2am Contemporary American cuisine is served here.
Avenue A ($3.95-$14.00) 103 Avenue A (btw. 6th St. & 7th St.), 982-8109 M-F 5pm-1:30am, Sa-Su 5pm-2:30am Japanese restaurant with sushi bar.
La Balconata ($5-$12)304 E. 6th St. (bet. 1&2 Aves.) 529-8250 Recommended by a visitor: "Having returned to NYC recently, I was shocked to find rent and restaurant prices have gone through the roof. I'm currently in the East Village, and discovered a small bistro that changed my mind about getting value eating out. Excellent Mediterranean/Italian cuisine at outstanding prices. Great sevice, ambience-there's an upstairs/downstairs, and the balcony that the name is derived from. I recommend it highly!"
Ballato ($7.50-$25)55 E. Houston St. (btw. Mott St. & Mulberry St.), 274-8881 M-F 12pm-11am, Sa 3:30pm-12am, Su 4pm-11pm This trattoria is a great value serving fine Italian cuisine.
Mary Ann's ($7-$10)86 2nd Ave. (@ 5th St.), 475-5939 M-Su 5am-11:30pmAmazing Mexican food and strong, tasty margaritas (regular and JUMBO). Good vegetarian selection. Highly recommended by us.
Yaffa Cafe ($8.95-$15.95)97 St. Marks Pl. (btw. Avenue A & 1st Ave.), 674-9302 M-Su 24hrs A large portion of this cafe's menu is vegetarian (no red meat). Other types of white meat plates are offered, but don't expect a large variety.