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Really Good, Cheap Food @ Damon Frugal Friday

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The web design for Damon Frugal Friday says it all:  simple, straight-forward, no stupid flash; just  good food at reasonable prices. They also boast efficient cocktail, wine, and beer selections.  The whole place feels like the perfect marriage of simplicity and variety, like a nail store.  Read this blurbita that magically appeared in my inbox.

Damon Wise, executive chef of Craft restaurants, has turned the once-a-week Damon: Frugal Friday into DFF and opened its doors six days a week. Encouraged by the response to the restaurant, Wise and owner Tom Colicchio have decided to serve frugal dinners every night but Tuesday, plus brunch on the weekends. DFF offers Wise’s ever-changing menu of creative, market-driven dishes broken into nine categories: small pizzas, food in a jar, meat on a stick, offal, food in a bundle, snacks, salads, cheese and small plates. Everything is $10 or under and new seasonal dishes are added daily. The current menu includes sake-cured crispy chicken with a ramp waffle and raita; salt cod fritters, caper berries and piquillo marmalade; pizza with spicy broccoli rabe, goat cheese and sopressata; and Heritage pig tails & bitter orange marmalade. The menu is available in the 40-seat dining room as well as the lively bar, where beer, wine and cocktails, such as the 'œ19th Street Headache' with Aperol and Prosecco, and the Tabasco-spiked, whiskey-based 'œOld Man River,' are each $10 or less.

Damon Frugal Friday is located @47 East 19th Street


Sunday-Thursday (except Tuesday) 5:30- 10:30 pm

Friday and Saturday: 5:30 – midnight
Brunch: 10:00am '“ 4:00pm



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