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Aug 12, 2007 07:25 PM

like blue hill but cheaper?

Hi all,

I am visiting manhattan soon with my wife, and she requested I find a place like Blue Hill (where we had a wonderful dinner a few months back) but this time not quite as much a splurge. Any suggestions?

By "like", I think she means quality quasi-organic alice waters style food preparation more than the simple but unfair "as good but cheaper".

I found Hearth, but that seems to be priced like B H.

I appreciate any suggestions. If they happen to be more like mid-town, even better.


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  1. Tocqueville, on 15th St., b/t Union Sq. W. & 5th Av., offers superb seasonal cuisine in quite elegant surroundings (much nicer than Blue Hill). Chef/owner Marco Moreira does a lot of his shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket, which is just down the block from the restaurant. While a la carte prices are upscale, there are two "bargain" options: a 3-course Greenmarket Dinner for $48 and a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $24.07.

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      1. re: Stuffed Monkey

        I found Cookshop's preparation to be far more involved than Blue Hill, which takes a cleaner, simpler approach to the ingredients. So while the raw materials may be the same at both restaurants, I didn't find the output to be very similar at all.

    1. I think Savoy might be what you're looking for. Blue Hill-esque, but not so expensive.

      1. Telepan (UWS) is also very market-driven with several prix-fixe options. The least expensive one is only $55. They also have a lunch prix-fix of $28 between Wed - Fri (please check the website to confirm...)

        1. If you're willing to travel out to Brooklyn, either Applewood or Rose Water in Park Slope would fit your request. Both have excellent food, friendly service and laid back atmosphere and come in a bit under Blue Hill's prices.

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          1. re: jdmetz

            I agree, Applewood and Rose Water in Brooklyn are both great options. Both are committed to sustainably grown, local ingredients and cost less than Blue Hill, and are absolutely delicious. I also agree with the above poster about Savoy (which feels like an NYC version of Chez Panisse) but it's barely cheaper than Blue Hill.

            Visit for menus and prices for all these places.

            For a real treat, visit Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Nothing like it.