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Apr 30, 2008 01:29 PM

Tasting menu under $70?

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.

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: carobot55

        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

          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

            seats have backs and are not that uncomfortable.

            1. re: Produce Addict

              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.

          2. re: carobot55

            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

              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

                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!

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

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            1. re: pancun187

              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

                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.

              2. 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

                  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.

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

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                  1. re: selizara

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

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