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Prix Fix at EMP?

I just called to make a reservation at EMP and was told "dinner is now a price fixed menu, $82.00 pp". Any reason for the change, and is this a reason to go elsewhere's in our late Oct visit to NY?

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  1. Were you looking for a la carte?

    1. A lot of the higher end restaurants are only price fixed now. Doesn't say anything about the quality. I think it's to ensure that diners will order the full three courses. Prix fixe doesn't mean lack of choice, though, if that's what you're getting at.

      1. I can't believe I'm saying this, but that sounds like a pretty good deal. Be careful with the wine and you should get out alive. Mostly positive reviews of EMP here (RGR will chime up soon) and I was impressed with the food and the experience even though I tend to gravitate to a different style. Keep the reservation, you'll enjoy it.

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        1. re: fgf

          It's a very good deal! We recently did a four course at EMP and loved everything.

          I'm not really understanding the complaint though...is it the price? Or the fact that it's a prix fixe? There are several options for each course. This shouldn't be confused with a chef's tasting menu which is usually set in stone.

        2. Unless you are eating at the bar; EMP has been Prix Fixed for at least a year. They have a 3 course, a 4 course option where you get to more or less select what you are having. They also have a 15 course chefs tasting menus (you have no choice).

          I opted for the four course and given the additional amuses etc, it is one of the best "deals" in the city.

          1. I'm not complaining, just surprised cause she said it was a change, like they didn't do it before. I just wanted to know what the rest of you thought. Maybe it was just the way she worded it. I'll keep the reservation.