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Best pre-fixe lunch deal in Manhatten

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Hello all: I'm looking for the best pre-fixe lunch deal in midtown for a nice anniversary lunch with my husband. Thanks for your suggestions!

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  1. Jean-Georges - $28 for 2 courses, $12 for each additional and $8 for dessert.

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      1. re: Phil E

        Indeed! And we did not order any additional as the 2 courses plus dessert was more than sufficient.

        1. re: syoung

          Absolutely. Excellent, excellent dining experience and not insultingly expensive.

        2. re: Phil E

          i just booked nougatine in jean georges today for 4 people for lunch. it's the slightly less fancy section of JG and they have a 3-course prix fix lunch for $26. have you tried both? if so, is the 2-course version at JG better?

          1. re: pork_buns

            Yes, the JG main dining room is much better. Slightly pricier and more formal though.

        3. Fleur de Sel is pretty incredible, with a 3-course lunch tasting menu for $25; 4-courses at $42.


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            1. re: pork_buns

              pork_buns, Look at the date stamps and you will see that the original post is 4 years old (Oct. 2006)., as is asdf's reply. Fleur de Sel (which was a favorite of ours) was open then. It closed in Jan. 2009.

          1. Eleven Madison Park now has two 3-course lunch tasting options: Aquatic and Gourmand. $36 each.


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            1. re: RGR

              They stopped serving the 3 course prix fixe lunch recently.

              1. re: chocokitty

                You're right, chocokitty. They're now serving just one 5-course Gourmand tasting menu for $58. That's in addition to the a la carte menu. I guess we must remove EMP from the list of moderately-priced lunch prix-fixes. However, if someone is looking for a sensational celebratory lunch and is willing to pay the price, EMP is a great choice.

            2. Gotham Bar and Grill - 3 course, $25

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                1. re: pablog98

                  We were there for lunch today; it's actually $27. Fabulous deal, particularly since they also have normally quite expenseive 1/2 bottles also for $27 (2 red plus 2 white), and full bottles for $27 at a good discount (also 2 red plus 2 white) or a flight of three 3 oz pours for $27. (We had the 2005 Bastianich Tocai Friulano; Gotham B & G also offered a rioja and a chianti for the full bottle reds -- sorry I don't remember the details.)

                  Anyway, the Gotham deal is truly remarkable, and noses out for me both Jean George and Jojo. Fleur de Sel to me seemed to have 2d tier dishes on the prix fixe, although we only tried it once.

                  1. re: Food Fiend

                    Fleur de Sel has dishes from the a la carte menu on their $25 lunch, and not cheap ones either (usually they are $30 dishes)

                2. Bouley was an amazing lunch experience. They have two tasting menus for lunch-one is $38 and one is $48. I don't think they're very different from the dinner menus.


                  1. Telepan 3-course is $28/person

                    JoJo 3-course is $28/person

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                    1. re: livetotravel

                      is jojo a comfortable environment or stuffy? it has been on my radar for years and i have never been?

                      1. re: jsmitty

                        environment is fine, but portions are miniscule. you will be starving after the meal. i went with a friend and we actually debated ordering another lunch bec.we were still hungry and settled for ordering an extra dessert to share.

                        1. re: G3B

                          I'm just curious - was this recently? I remember reading some time earlier this year that JoJo's had closed, and then reopened w/ a different menu, etc.

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            This was a while ago, but really turned me off. I am a small eater and just don't think that portions should be that small. I usually end up sharing my food with others or having leftovers. For me to leave hungry is really bad and says a lot about the portion size.

                    2. I like Aureole's a lot, although that's starting to get to East Side. I also second Jean-Georges.

                      1. Fleur de Sel is a great deal and a nice spot - love the decorative table in the middle of the room. I had the rabbit for lunch, and it was very good. Service is excellent. One negative is that the wine list is very expensive - there's not many bottles in the $35 - $45 range.

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                        1. re: Boblikestoeat

                          But they will give you a glass of wine with each course for around $15 (for all 3 glasses)

                        2. A few other places which offer a $24 lunch. I like the above suggestions better, but these are alternatives:

                          Tocqueville, Aquavit (in the cafe), Devi, Mercer Kitchen, Perry Street (I think), Remi.

                          Of these, I like Tocqueville the most (I haven't tried Perry St) and Remi the least.

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                          1. re: Brian S

                            I've tried Perry St. over the summer and it's not bad. Casual or semi-formal atmosphere, good service and the food's good too. Similar to Jean Georges' food but not as great at the original establishment.

                            1. re: Brian S

                              anyone tried toqueville? been wanting to go for ages.

                              1. re: pork_buns

                                Tocquevill is a long-time favorite of ours. The cuisine is superb, and the elegant dining room is one of the most beautiful in the city. Apropos of this thread's topic, the 3-course lunch prix fixe @ $24 is a steal for food of such high caliber.

                                Tocqueville photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                            2. Alto, l'impero or Megu Midtown has fabulous prix-fix lunch.

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                              1. re: bfry

                                Are you sure about Alto? I thought they were only offering their (Restaurant Weeks) $24.07 lunch prix-fixe through the summer, and the last day they served it was the Friday before Labor Day.

                                1. re: RGR

                                  I believe it was only through summer. Boy, waa it good!!!

                              2. I like Gothams.The space is terrific and the crowd for the prix fix is into it. Montrachet on Fridays is a deal.

                                1. Lupa - few places can actually compete with that grub.

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                                  1. re: wazup1999

                                    Does Lupa have a prix-fixe lunch now? I thought they changed things so that the kitchen is open all day and the dinner menu is served all day. Yes, it's a great place.

                                  2. I really enjoyed the prix fixe at Felidia. I thought the food was amazing and there was an excellent selection. I highly recommend the pear ravioli for the first course. It was so good that I went back a week later to eat it again.

                                    1. I second Nougatine (Jean Georges), Bouley, Gotham, and Perry Street.... some of the best prix fixe lunch deals in the city

                                      1. Le Bernardin for $50 for what is very little different from their dinner menu, which is extremely expensive. Also the best food of the four stars.

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                                        1. re: beef

                                          yes. hands down. le bernardin is the best lunch deal in manhattan.

                                        2. davidburke and donatella has a fabuloulous prix-fix -- beautifully presented and delicious - i think it's $27.

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                                          1. re: dcuffaro

                                            Davidburke and donatella's prix fix is only available M-F.

                                          2. Asiate is good and nice view. Forgot price, but assume within range

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                                            1. re: bfry

                                              Does anyone know about Asiate's prix fixe lunch? Does it even exist?

                                              I don't see it on their website, nor does menupages mention it at all.

                                              1. re: eatfood

                                                I had a pre fixe lunch at Asiate in Sept. I believe it was $28 for apps & main (plus amuse bouche). Great view, nice service & atmosphere. Food is hit or miss, loved the appetizer, lamb dish main course was not good. Pre fixe is a good value, but beware the extras, mid priced glass of wine was $19.

                                            2. I ate a $24 prix-fixe at Perry St and here's my report.


                                              1. Turkish Kitchen--28th and third ave. Around $15 for four courses. I've been a million times and keep going back for more.

                                                1. jean-george

                                                  with the amuses and complimentary deserts its more like 6 courses

                                                  1. Le Bernadine $50-lunch was a very good experience when we went there last year.

                                                    I'm planning to go to Jean Georges very soon. Can you order the $28-lunch deal if you're seated in the (most) formal room, or will you need to be seated in the Nougatine-room? Do they have a la carte-options for lunch, if so what's the average price of app. & entrees?

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                                                    1. re: gladlaks

                                                      Lunch is definitely in the formal room. I was gonna ask if anyone knew if it was available at the bar in the Nougatine Room as I'm going to be in town by myself and would still like to go.

                                                      Also wondering if anyone knows if there are bar areas that serve the full tasting menu at -
                                                      Le Bernardin
                                                      Fleur de Sel


                                                      1. re: AK21

                                                        Fleur de Sel is strictly a dining room, no bar. EMP has a bar area, but tasting menus are not served there.

                                                      2. re: gladlaks

                                                        I was there this past Aug. I was $28 for 2 courses in the formal room, $24 for 3 courses in Nougatine room. The formal room was fully booked that day, but I was very impressed with the Nougatine lunch.

                                                        1. Chola or Turkish kitchen!

                                                          1. Jean-Georges is really tough to beat - it has the best combination of service and food for the price, and the room (the formal room, not Nougatine), just recently renovated, is beautiful. We went for lunch in November, and have been back twice since.

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                                                            1. re: Boblikestoeat

                                                              Ate at davidburkeanddonnatella today, in a party of three. The restaurant is in a townhouse, so narrow and cramped. The main courses werent good at all. The desserts were fine. The crabcake was the only good appetizer. The shoestring fries were cold. The short ribs were dripping in oil. We won't be back.

                                                              1. re: Boblikestoeat

                                                                wholeheartedly agree with the call on Nougatine. beautiful meal presentation, explosion of flavors, and unique dishes (try the goat cheese "fondue"). Excellent deal at $24.07 for lunch all year round.

                                                              2. DC-er here, can anyone help let me know if these lunch specials at Gotham, Jean-Georges or Le Bernadin are available on the weekend or just M-F? Thanks!!

                                                                Eidt: which of the JG restaurants doing the promotion are recommended?

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                                                                1. re: wahoooob

                                                                  Gotham: Monday through Friday (closed for lunch on weekends)
                                                                  Jean Georges: Monday through Saturday (they only recently started serving lunch on Saturdays, make sure you get the formal dining room and not Nougatine).
                                                                  Le Bernardin: Monday through Friday (closed for lunch on weekends)

                                                                  Most of these restaurants that do prix fixe lunch deals are not even open for lunch on weekends.

                                                                  Go to the flagship restaurant: Jean Georges. You won't regret it. The lunch prix fixe is available year round.

                                                                  1. re: kathryn

                                                                    Tocqueville has a Prix-Fixe Lunch, Three courses, $24.09. Has anyone tried it? Comments invited.

                                                                  2. re: wahoooob

                                                                    Also, Del Posto has a three course prix fixe for $29, incl. dessert.

                                                                    1. re: jakecola

                                                                      NB: They just introduced it a few months ago (the original post is from 2009), and it used to be only Wednesdays through Fridays, but they have since changed it to be Monday through Friday (but not on weekends).


                                                                      1. re: jakecola

                                                                        Will be visiting NYC with husband and 2 children and considering the lunch at Del Posto. Not sure if the restaurant will welcome young children? Any input would be great. Tks.

                                                                        Del Posto
                                                                        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                                                                        1. re: vwong042

                                                                          Does Lupa have a prix-fixe lunch nothing popped up when I clicked on the lunch menu.

                                                                          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                                                                          1. re: rapsrealm

                                                                            I don't think Lupa does, though I think it is generally pretty well priced.

                                                                            170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                                                                          2. re: vwong042

                                                                            I went to the lunch prix-fixe at Del Posto on a random weekday a couple of months ago and there were plenty of children. They were all well behaved- it's definitely not the restaurant to bring kids not used to eating at restaurants. I think Del Posto is a good option for kids in that most kids will eat pasta.


                                                                            Del Posto
                                                                            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                                                                      2. Am I imagining things when I feel that the lunch food at JG and EMP doesn't taste as good as it used to, maybe, three years ago? Or is it just that I have got used to the flavors?

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                                                                        1. re: sidd

                                                                          Three years ago, Chef Humm had just arrived at EMP and installed his own menu. After our first experience with his cuisine at dinner, we were totally bowled over. Next, we had lunch, and the cuisine at that meal was splendid as well. But as wonderful as it was, I think now, three years later, lunch has gotten even better. For example, he wasn't serving the roasted chicken three years, and just about everyone agrees that it is insanely delicious!

                                                                          Photos of our most recent lunch at EMP: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                                          Our first experience with lunch at Jean Georges was last year, and I found the dishes I ordered rather disappointing. However, we had lunch there again a few weeks ago. This time, the dishes I had were different from the first lunch, and all of them were fabulous! (Note: I had had the turbot in Chateau Chalon sauce once before at dinner.) So, in my case, there's been an improvement.

                                                                          Photos of our lunch at Jean Georges: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

                                                                          1. re: RGR

                                                                            Best prix fixe lunch deal in town is NOW Bouley....5 (really 6) courses for $36....go before they change their mind...

                                                                            1. re: drumwine

                                                                              Acc. to Bouley's website, the 5-course lunch prix fixe is $48, not $36. We've done it. The food was fine but not rave-worthy. (Sorry, ellenost!) I also found the service to be rather stiff. The decor, however, is beautiful.


                                                                              1. re: RGR

                                                                                RGR....andOP....if you look at the top left hand corner of the website, you'll notice that there's a $36 Spring menu. And yes....it's rave-worthy. Was there a few weeks ago. Best deal in town.

                                                                                1. re: drumwine

                                                                                  That sounds like a ridiculous deal. Thanks for posting that!