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What's the Best Prix Fixe Dinner in Manhattan?

aching Aug 9, 2007 05:47 PM

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. financialdistrictresident RE: aching Aug 9, 2007 05:56 PM

    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. steve h. RE: aching Aug 9, 2007 06:01 PM

      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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        aching RE: steve h. Aug 10, 2007 08:39 AM

        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.

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          elecsheep9 RE: aching Aug 10, 2007 08:48 AM

          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.

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            steve h. RE: aching Aug 10, 2007 08:56 AM

            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.

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          RGR RE: aching Aug 10, 2007 10:26 AM

          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.


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

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            maxine RE: RGR Aug 10, 2007 12:14 PM

            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.

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              eatfood RE: RGR Aug 10, 2007 02:24 PM

              $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.

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                FoodWine RE: RGR Aug 15, 2007 03:48 PM

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

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                  RGR RE: FoodWine Aug 15, 2007 05:29 PM

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

              2. funkjester RE: aching Aug 15, 2007 07:27 PM

                Veritas would be perfect for this kind of thing.

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