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Nov 8, 2007 09:34 AM

any restaurants that give complimentary dishes?

i know the mermaid inn gives pudding to its diners - does anyone know of any other restaurants that give free desserts or other dishes?

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  1. Many of the high-end restaurants give either desserts (petit fours like the marshmallows at Jean Georges), amuses bouche (like the incredible shot glass soups at Blue Hill at Stone Barns) and inter-course (hee hee) dishes like the frogs legs at Country.

    However Mermain Inn is a bit different in that they give you a standard "course" (in addition to the fishy fortunes) for dessert being that they don't offer any other dessert dishes. I can't think of any other places that provide something like that for the same reason...

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    1. re: dkstar1

      Also palate cleanser before the desserts come (usually fruit or sorbet).

      And, some also give a nice, pre-wrapped muffin or breakfast treat for the next morning.

      1. re: kathryn

        that's a good point. Del Posto gives you a bag of bread crumbs (strange) and Gramercy Tavern used to give great muffins. Nino's gives free bottled water and Brasserie has free hard boiled eggs at the bar.

        1. re: dkstar1

          oh, and Insieme gave us a cup of Straciatella (Italian Egg Drop Soup) during my most recent dinner visit.

        2. re: kathryn

          Both Danube and The Modern Dining Room gave us a small pound cake to take home. All the extra touches are fairly typical at upscale restaurants. The Modern Dining Room was quite nice - amuse, fried fava beans during our review of the wine list/cocktails, miniature ice cream cones, petite fours and chocolates.

          I vaguely recall The Harrison gave us complimentary chocolates at the end of our meal. At Pylos I think our server gave us a complimentary dessert one time. I don't remember either one of us ordering it. At the River Cafe we received complimentary pink champagne. At Degustation we received a complimentary dessert.

      2. Most high end restaurants give you extra plates (like amuse bouche)
        Waterfront Ale House has popcorn on the tables

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        1. re: Lucia

          Il Giglio gives you a bunch of little appetizers when you sit down.
          Centrovasco gives you a huge bowl of free salad. Thats all i can think of right now...

        2. Rudy's - free hot dogs.

          1. Compass gives lots of wonderful goodies--including muffins to take home for breakfast!

            1. Crocodile Lounge gives a free pizza w/ each beer purchase!