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What's the Best Prix Fixe Dinner in Manhattan?

SO and I are planning a little celebration in the spring, and I'm looking for ideas! Great food and nice ambience are a must. TIA!

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  1. Artisanal has a prix fixe dinner if you are in the mood for a lively, noisy French bistro. LaVagna on 5th & B has a nice $29 prix fixe and an amazing wine list. Marseille (Mediteranean) on 9th & 44th has a $28.50 prix fixe. The menus are on menupages.com. These are all moderate, not upscale. Not sure what location you are looking for. There are few places that I would call "best."

    1. lots of "best" places. what food do you like? how deep are your pockets? what's your background so we know what to recommend?

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      1. re: steve h.

        Sorry! More details. We're a thirty-something couple who are getting married in California, but want to have a small celebration with our East Coast friends who can't come all the way to the West Coast for the wedding. We love good food of all kinds and wouldn't restrict the cuisine, except to say that we don't eat shellfish. Our pockets are - deep-ish? Say, $100pp or less before wine. It's a celebration, so while we don't want to take out a loan to finance it, we're willing to splurge a bit (although I know $100pp in Manhattan doesn't go that far). Most important is that the food is excellent and the ambience is nice.

        1. re: aching

          I've not been, but the unlimited Wine Dinner prix fix that was formerly at Cite is back at Maloney & Porcelli. I know opinions were very mixed about the Cite wine dinner, but it was a terrific value, especially if you like to drink.

          I've not been to M&P but i hear the food is better than at Cite. I'll be going next week and can report back after the headache subsides.

          1. re: aching

            lots of good food in los angeles. i recently had a terriffic meal at osteria mozza. you might consider paying a visit to nancy silverton's partner, mario batali, at his flagship restaurant babbo. you'll hit your price point and enjoy a wonderful meal. house policy restricts party size to six diners or less (i think) so that may be a consideration for you. gramercy tavern would be a decent backup.

        2. Hey, aching,

          Actually, a $100pp budget for food alone can go lots further than you think. :-)

          I highly recommend Eleven Madison Park. The 3-course prix-fixe is $82, and the 4-course prix-fixe is $96. Chef Daniel Humm's French-inspired cuisine is sensational, the wine list is excellent, service is cordial and professional, and the space is gorgeous! Definitely a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

          http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

          Best wishes to you on your impending nuptials and Bon Appetit!

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          1. re: RGR

            I agree with RGR. I had dinner at EMP not long ago and it was great! and the art deco atmosphere is perfect for a celebratory gathering.

            1. re: RGR

              $100 will work for almost all of the restaurants commonly mentioned on this board, so your choices are vast.

              RGR's suggestion of EMP is fabulous and I second it.

              1. re: RGR

                I second that (Eleven Madison Park). I must be crazy to keep recommending it: reservations are already hard to get.

                1. re: FoodWine

                  Really? We've never had difficulty getting a reservation at EMP.

              2. Veritas would be perfect for this kind of thing.