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Tasting Menu in the $100-$120 Range?

progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 03:43 AM


I'm looking for a restaurant that has a tasting menu in the $100-$120 range that will not leave me hungry at the end and will allow me to experience different things. I don't really care what kind of cuisine. Any ideas?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. tamasha RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 03:57 AM

    Fleur de Sel on 20th and 5th.

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      ChrisZ RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 04:00 AM

      Babbo: Pasta or traditional tasting menu w/ wine pairings.

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        eve RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 09:22 AM

        If this is per person, then several choices--also can do a Chef's degustation menu (just mention any items you don't eat so the chef can exclude):

        Eleven Madison Park
        Gramercy Tavern

        May even be able to do wine pairings at the amount you are ok with.

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          antjones9 RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 01:47 PM

          The Blue Hill tasting menu is about $69 (not including wine, tax or tip).

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            Lucia RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 02:43 PM

            Bouley, Danube, Aureole.

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              ellenost RE: Lucia Aug 2, 2006 04:44 PM

              I agree with you 100%. These are my three most favorite restaurants.

            2. Jill RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 03:49 PM

              Eleven Madison...I can't stop singing it's praises!

              Also, Annisa in the West Village has an $88 seven course tasting menu which is delicious. They call it a "surprise" menu and the server will ask you if there is anything that you don't like or if you have any allergies. The chef then prepares the menu according to your tastes. The portions are a nice size and you definitely do not leave hungry. The cheese plate alone (as the sixth course) is to die for!

              Annisa also has a five course tasting menu but I'm not sure of the cost AND you miss the cheese course. Boo!

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                progressivepanda RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 06:12 PM

                Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

                I think I've narrowed it down to Annisa, Bouley, or Eleven Madison Park. I was at Annisa about two years ago and enjoyed it very much - the taste, portions, decor, etc. Never been to Bouley or Eleven Madison, but am interested in trying because of the reputations of David Bouley and Daniel Humm.

                Unfortunately I only have the budget and time to go to one of these places. Anybody have thoughts about these 3 places in particular and how they stack up against each other?

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                  Wilfrid RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 06:45 PM

                  Bouley is very good value for what it is, but EMP helps your budget by charging only a token price ($20 I think) for BYO. As far as budget goes, not many Manhattan restaurants top $120 even for a tasting menu.

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                    Pupster RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 08:13 PM

                    You could split your budget by doing 2 of the places for lunch...

                  2. Jill RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 06:46 PM

                    I haven't been to Bouley, but Eleven Madison beats out Annisa for me without a doubt. Plus...you've already been to Annisa, so...

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                      Pupster RE: progressivepanda Aug 2, 2006 08:12 PM

                      Uhh, WD-50.

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