Looking for$19.99 lunches
Unfortunately not on the East Side, but my favorite
$19.99 lunch (year-round, I believe) is at Nobu. And
every summer I look forward to trying to grab a
reservation at Jean-Georges, Felidia, or this amazing
Japanese restaurant called Nadaman Hakubai in the
Kitano Hotel on Park.
In the spirit of Restaurant Week, I've made
reservations at Nobu, Nadaman Hakubai, Jojo, Aureole,
Chanterelle, and Aquavit for the month of June .
I'm so glad my search brought me to the previous
posting by "mitchw". I hope you're reading this!
Can anyone tell me what I should expect? I'm really
looking forward to these meals...but am also thinking
perhaps I've overdone it and should cancel one or two
This should be an interesting experiment! I think
many restaurants don't enter RW with the proper
spirit. No one expects truffles and foie gras for $20
from a four-star restaurant, but why bother going to a
"big-deal" joint and serve food that any diner serves.
I'll never forget the first impression I received from
my $19.96 San Domenico lunch: plain salad; spaghetti
with tomato sauce; sorbet. Only the sorbet was better
than average. We were treated like garbage after we
didn't order wine (both of us were working, ya'
know). Blecch. I've been back only once (and didn't
like the food much better or the service any better)
but not on my dime.
On the other hand, I'd feel very good if a restaurant
like Nobu or Aureole offered interesting choices for
the $19.99. I wouldn't care if expensive ingredients
are used, but I do want some indication of what makes
the place special.
I hope you keep all those dates and report back. Have