Lots of great reviews have been posted about B&H Dairy, a counter style diner with roots that trace back to the old 1960s East Village (back when it was a Ukranian neighborhood).
Two people can dine like kings for less than $20 bucks!!
Vegetarian Chili over brown rice
Soft, thick slices of Challah bread (already buttered)
A hearty bowl of lima and lentil bean soup (you can combine soups for a savory change!)