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Looking for a great "chef's tasting menu" for $50 dollars or less in manhattan

safron Jul 1, 2008 11:57 AM

planning for a group of friends to go out, i'd love to get everyone to do a chef's tasting menu, but often times they're 75+, does anyone know of a chef's tasting menu that's good and 50 dollars or less?

  1. Kara Zuaro Jul 2, 2008 06:02 AM

    If you're into Indian food, Suvir Saran's Devi (www.devinyc.com) has a 3-course lunch menu for $25, a 3-course dinner menu for $45, and a 5-course chef's tasting menu for $65. They serve regional Indian food and have recently added some Indian-American fusion dishes to the menu -- their masala fried chicken is pretty delicious!

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    1. re: Kara Zuaro
      safron Jul 3, 2008 06:16 AM

      Thanks for all the suggestions. You guys are the best!

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      nycguy Jul 1, 2008 01:24 PM

      Best value I can think of wouldn't be considered a chef's tasting menu. But the price-fixe at L'Ecole (French Culinary Institute) is about $40 and for an additional $15 or so they do a wine pairing. Service is tremendous and it's fun getting taken care by culinary students. Highly recommended for an affordable alternative to a typical upscale tasting.

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      1. re: nycguy
        samiam123 Jul 1, 2008 02:11 PM

        Lupa has a group tasting menu for $60.

      2. biondanonima Jul 1, 2008 01:08 PM

        Degustation offers a 5 course tasting for $50 and a 10 course for $75 - and the food is AMAZING. However, when I went with my brother, we created our own 5-course menus (everything at Degustation is small plates) for around $60 each, and could not have been happier with the results.

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        1. re: biondanonima
          Will4Food Jul 1, 2008 01:14 PM

          Try Barbone in the East Village.

          1. re: biondanonima
            Cpalms Jul 3, 2008 06:38 AM

            was at Degustation lastnight....so freaking good!!...we did the 10 course

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            RGR Jul 1, 2008 12:48 PM

            I think there's a difference between a tasting menu and a "chef's tasting menu." The latter usually has no published menu, offers more courses, and is much more expensive. That said....

            The only tasting menu for under $50 that I can think of off-hand is the Fleur de Sel's 5-course *lunch* prix-fixe @ $46. It's available 7 days a week. Always superb!


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