like blue hill but cheaper?
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.
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.
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...)
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 menupages.com for menus and prices for all these places.
For a real treat, visit Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Nothing like it.