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Best pre-fixe lunch deal in Manhatten

sliew Oct 27, 2006 05:27 PM

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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    Phil E RE: sliew Oct 27, 2006 06:18 PM

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

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      tupac17616 RE: Phil E Feb 18, 2007 11:21 PM

      Yup. No question.

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        syoung RE: Phil E Feb 19, 2007 05:18 PM

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

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          laurakir RE: syoung Jan 5, 2009 02:00 PM

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

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          pork_buns RE: Phil E May 20, 2010 09:23 PM

          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?

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            hcbk0702 RE: pork_buns May 21, 2010 09:38 AM

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

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          asdf RE: sliew Oct 27, 2006 06:20 PM

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


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            pork_buns RE: asdf May 20, 2010 09:25 PM

            fleur de sel is apparently closed: http://www.yelp.com/biz/fleur-de-sel-...
            when did you go?

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              RGR RE: pork_buns May 21, 2010 12:45 AM

              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.

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            RGR RE: sliew Oct 27, 2006 07:54 PM

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


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              chocokitty RE: RGR Apr 5, 2007 11:38 AM

              They stopped serving the 3 course prix fixe lunch recently.

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                RGR RE: chocokitty Apr 5, 2007 02:36 PM

                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.

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              pablog98 RE: sliew Oct 27, 2006 07:57 PM

              Gotham Bar and Grill - 3 course, $25

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                mattesq RE: pablog98 Nov 5, 2006 09:37 PM

                Totally agree.

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                  Food Fiend RE: pablog98 Feb 19, 2007 08:42 PM

                  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.

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                    Brian S RE: Food Fiend Apr 5, 2007 10:02 AM

                    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)

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                  JT123 RE: sliew Oct 27, 2006 08:40 PM

                  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. livetotravel RE: sliew Oct 27, 2006 08:46 PM

                    Telepan 3-course is $28/person

                    JoJo 3-course is $28/person

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                      jsmitty RE: livetotravel Feb 19, 2007 05:59 PM

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

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                        G3B RE: jsmitty Apr 5, 2007 11:33 AM

                        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.

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                          MMRuth RE: G3B Apr 5, 2007 11:46 AM

                          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.

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                            G3B RE: MMRuth Jul 28, 2007 12:04 PM

                            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.

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                      sidwich RE: sliew Oct 27, 2006 11:52 PM

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

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                        Boblikestoeat RE: sliew Oct 28, 2006 12:42 PM

                        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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                          Brian S RE: Boblikestoeat Oct 28, 2006 04:19 PM

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

                        2. Brian S RE: sliew Oct 28, 2006 04:21 PM

                          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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                            chocokitty RE: Brian S Oct 28, 2006 04:35 PM

                            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.

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                              pork_buns RE: Brian S May 20, 2010 09:26 PM

                              anyone tried toqueville? been wanting to go for ages.

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                                RGR RE: pork_buns May 21, 2010 12:50 AM

                                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...

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                              bfry RE: sliew Oct 28, 2006 05:28 PM

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

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                                RGR RE: bfry Oct 28, 2006 06:47 PM

                                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.

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                                  Brian S RE: RGR Oct 28, 2006 10:54 PM

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

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                                Sweatshirt Guy RE: sliew Oct 28, 2006 08:55 PM

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

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                                  wazup1999 RE: sliew Oct 29, 2006 05:49 PM

                                  Lupa - few places can actually compete with that grub.

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                                    Brian S RE: wazup1999 Oct 29, 2006 07:26 PM

                                    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.

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                                    Briek RE: sliew Oct 29, 2006 06:12 PM

                                    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.

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                                      foodite RE: sliew Oct 29, 2006 07:19 PM

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

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                                        beef RE: sliew Oct 30, 2006 12:31 AM

                                        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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                                          steve h. RE: beef Apr 5, 2007 04:11 PM

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

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                                          dcuffaro RE: sliew Oct 30, 2006 01:48 PM

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

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                                            eatfood RE: dcuffaro Jul 28, 2007 09:29 AM

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

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                                            bfry RE: sliew Nov 5, 2006 08:11 PM

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

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                                              eatfood RE: bfry Feb 18, 2007 10:38 PM

                                              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.

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                                                Rmis32 RE: eatfood Jan 1, 2009 04:45 PM

                                                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. Brian S RE: sliew Nov 5, 2006 09:36 PM

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


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                                                abud RE: sliew Feb 19, 2007 07:28 AM

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

                                                1. DoctortedNYC RE: sliew Feb 19, 2007 06:02 PM


                                                  with the amuses and complimentary deserts its more like 6 courses

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                                                    gladlaks RE: sliew Apr 5, 2007 04:17 AM

                                                    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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                                                      AK21 RE: gladlaks Jul 29, 2007 09:49 PM

                                                      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


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                                                        RGR RE: AK21 Jul 30, 2007 06:55 AM

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

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                                                        Rmis32 RE: gladlaks Jan 1, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                        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.

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                                                        mle18 RE: sliew Apr 5, 2007 10:11 AM


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                                                          abud RE: sliew Jul 31, 2007 12:23 PM

                                                          Chola or Turkish kitchen!

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                                                            Boblikestoeat RE: sliew Jan 10, 2008 12:20 PM

                                                            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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                                                              sidd RE: Boblikestoeat Jan 1, 2009 03:27 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                bresbert RE: Boblikestoeat Apr 12, 2009 06:08 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                                wahoooob RE: sliew Apr 12, 2009 06:52 PM

                                                                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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                                                                  kathryn RE: wahoooob Apr 12, 2009 08:17 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    Rmis32 RE: kathryn Apr 26, 2009 10:33 AM

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

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                                                                    jakecola RE: wahoooob Feb 8, 2010 06:43 AM

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

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                                                                      kathryn RE: jakecola Feb 8, 2010 07:24 AM

                                                                      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).


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                                                                        vwong042 RE: jakecola Mar 25, 2010 08:05 PM

                                                                        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

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                                                                          rapsrealm RE: vwong042 Mar 26, 2010 07:39 AM

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

                                                                          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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                                                                            MMRuth RE: rapsrealm May 18, 2010 08:48 AM

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

                                                                            170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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                                                                            UnderemployedInNYC RE: vwong042 May 19, 2010 07:27 AM

                                                                            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

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                                                                        sidd RE: sliew May 18, 2010 08:20 AM

                                                                        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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                                                                          RGR RE: sidd May 18, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                                          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...

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                                                                            drumwine RE: RGR May 19, 2010 11:53 PM

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

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                                                                              RGR RE: drumwine May 20, 2010 09:56 AM

                                                                              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.


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                                                                                drumwine RE: RGR May 20, 2010 07:44 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  uwsister RE: drumwine May 21, 2010 08:30 PM

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

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