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Tasting menu under $70?

carobot55 Apr 30, 2008 01:29 PM

Hi all,
I'm looking for a great tasting menu 4+ courses to take my boyfriend to for his birthday. I'm thinking Mas or Blue Hill, but please let me know if you have other recommendations.

  1. biondanonima Apr 30, 2008 01:43 PM

    Degustation. 5 courses for $50 or 10 for $75. You can also order a la carte - 5 courses (small plates) will be around $55-60, depending on what you order. AMAZING food. I wrote a recent review, will post the link in a moment.

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    1. re: biondanonima
      carobot55 Apr 30, 2008 02:21 PM

      Thanks for the suggestion. Would Degustation be considered a romantic place? I know you eat at the bar there.

      1. re: carobot55
        biondanonima Apr 30, 2008 02:31 PM

        I wouldn't really call it romantic - like you said, you do eat at the bar, and you're surrounded by other diners. You could ask for seats at the end if you wanted a little more privacy, but it still wouldn't be super intimate.

        1. re: biondanonima
          Produce Addict May 1, 2008 11:35 AM

          Question about the bar seating--do you sit on bar seats (ie higher off the ground)? do the seats have backs? I never feel comfortable sitting on what is essentially a beautiful stool, yet these have become popular as of late.

          1. re: Produce Addict
            ginsbera May 1, 2008 01:40 PM

            seats have backs and are not that uncomfortable.

            1. re: Produce Addict
              biondanonima May 1, 2008 01:46 PM

              The seats are not high like bar stools - they're pretty much just normal chairs. We were there for at least a couple of hours and I wasn't at all uncomfortable. While you are seated at "a bar," it's set close to traditional table height.

              1. re: biondanonima
                Produce Addict May 2, 2008 07:48 AM

                good news, thanks!

          2. re: carobot55
            ginsbera Apr 30, 2008 02:31 PM

            yes to degustation. it can be romantic since it is such a small intimate place. If you are both food lovers its perfect, if not then it may not be the best choice. Blue Hill is more like $80 for the tasting menu, but it was very very good and definitely a romantic spot, especially if you can sit in the back atrium in the corner.

            1. re: carobot55
              Miss Needle Apr 30, 2008 03:04 PM

              I know biondanonima wouldn't consider it romantic -- perhaps because she was there with her brother : ). But I think it is. The lighting is very subdued (everybody looks better with dim lighting) and I find that sitting side by side lends to a certain intimacy that is kind of lost when you're facing one another. The best most intimate meals I've had with DH was when we were sitting side-by-side.

              1. re: Miss Needle
                biondanonima Apr 30, 2008 06:12 PM

                LOL, being there with my brother did kill the romance for me. I agree about the lighting and the side-by-side aspect - both romantic! Now that I think about it, I didn't really feel like anyone else was encroaching on my space, and my brother and I were able to converse privately, even though we were surrounded by strangers. I guess I'll have to convince BF to head over there so we can test the romantic possibilities!

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            pancun187 Apr 30, 2008 04:08 PM

            I suggest l' impero. the 4 course with options is awsome for $64

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              rrems May 1, 2008 06:28 AM

              That's exactly what I was thinking. The 4-course dinner is a great value and the room is warm and comfortable.

              1. re: pancun187
                carobot55 May 1, 2008 06:58 AM

                What do you all think of going for the 3-course "prix fixe" at Robuchon's L'Atelier? I've been dying to go but can't justify the prices. Although I do worry that we'll want to stray from the prix fixe once we see the rest of the menu.

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                pulled pork May 8, 2008 06:01 AM

                Can anyone say if Blue hill would be a great pic for a romantic location and top notch food?

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                1. re: pulled pork
                  ginsbera May 8, 2008 06:52 AM

                  Yes to the food and yes to romantic (if you are in the corner of the room). The tasting menu is over $70 though, but not by much.

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                  selizara May 8, 2008 06:58 AM

                  Babbo's pasta tasting menu is $69 and worth every penny.

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                  1. re: selizara
                    pulled pork May 8, 2008 07:36 AM

                    We are going to babbo next month for my bday. very excited about it.

                  2. biondanonima May 8, 2008 07:46 AM

                    Olana's 4 course tasting is $68 - I just reviewed it. It was good, but I'm not sure I'd do it again...


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