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jeffthepeanut Sep 3, 2008 03:01 PM

Hi! This is my first post here!
I'm looking for a tasting menu thats a real dining experience but in a reasonable price range. I guess that depends on my definition of reasonable, right? To me somewhere between $80-100 is reasonable. There are amazing restaurants that go way above that and I've experienced them and love them. But I'd like to find some other places... for example I've heard Wallse has a very good tasting menu @ $85, and if you want wine pairings that another $50 which really isn't that bad when you think about it. Anyone got any other ideas??
Thanks!

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  1. erin07nyc RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 3, 2008 03:13 PM

    My vote is for Degustation. Very reasonable and very delicious. If it's not filling, you can always order more.

    I bet Wallse would be great; never tried the tasting menu there.

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      rrems RE: erin07nyc Sep 4, 2008 09:08 AM

      I second Degustation, but get the 10-course. The 5-course is not enough food, so you would need to order additional dishes anyway, and the dishes on the 10-course are somewhat different from the a la carte menu.

    2. misnatalie RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 3, 2008 04:02 PM

      On the upper end of your range but amazing is Bouley, just went last week. Others that I have not had but are within your range and worth considering are Anthos, Esca, Telepan, and Annisa.

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        jeffthepeanut RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 3, 2008 08:30 PM

        Thanks for the ideas so far! Thats funny I've heard people talking about both Degustation and Anthos a lot recently.

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          kathryn RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 3, 2008 09:37 PM

          Degustation has a 5 course tasting for $50 and a 10 course tasting for $75.

          Bar Milano has one for $85 per person.

          Esca's is $65 per person.

          Telepan offers a 4 course for $64 and a 5 course for $74.

          Maze at Gordon Ramsay is a 4 course menu at $60 or set 6 course menu at $75 per person.

          Babbo's tasting is $69 per person for the pasta tasting or $75 for the chef's tasting.

          Devi has a tasting menu for $65.

          Hearth's tasting menu is $90.

          Tailor's tasting is $90.

          Annisa offers a five course tasting for $75 and a seven course for $95.

          p*ong has a variety of options, of which there are two in your range: two tasting menus, the suite at $63 and the suite luxe at $88.

          Gramercy Tavern has a vegetable (vegetable focused but not vegetarian) tasting for $88. Note that they are very flexible about substitutions do you can easily swap in a course from the chef's tasting or prix fixe menu.

          Blue Hill's tasting is $68 per person.

          Momofuku Ssam Bar will do a $70 tasting menu where the chef picks anything out of the regular menu, typically one from each category. I think they have a fair amount of flexibility in what's in your meal.

          For sushi or Japanese, you could do Ushiwakamaru. There is a $75 menu and a $100 menu. Kanoyama has a sushi tasting menu for $57 and a sashimi tasting for $67. Lan has a chef’s tasting menu at $58. Le Miu has two chef's tasting menus, one for $55 and one for $75. Sugiyama does kaiseki meals at a variety of options: 5 courses for $58, 8 course "modern" menu for $75, and 6 course "chef's choice" for $96.

          If you want to save a bit of money, is lunch an option? Lots of restaurants offer abbreviated, cheaper tasting menus during lunch, although most places only offer weekday lunch. Some lunch options: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/516841

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            jeffthepeanut RE: kathryn Sep 4, 2008 07:47 AM

            Wow! Thanks for all the info kathryn!! After having looked at some of the menu's I'm leaning toward Annisa, how is it?? Oh and someone else recommended Fleur de Sel, anyone been there?

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              michaelstl RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 4, 2008 09:30 AM

              I've had the tasting menu at Fleue de Sel and I thought the food was amazing and it was a good value for the money. Each course was well constructed and cooked perfectly. The atmosphere is very calm and peaceful. The restaurant is very small and intimate so I think it would work better for a small group. The service was very good and the wine list provides good choices at all price levels. Overall, we had a very good experience and I would definitely recommend Fleur de Sel.

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                TheDagster RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 4, 2008 10:46 AM

                I've had the 5 course tasting menu at Annisa several times and it is always wonderful. They are pretty flexible on substituting things from the menu (we always ask for the miso marinated sable). And hopefully your tasting includes soup dumplings -- they are fantastic (way better than rickshaw). I'd definitely go again.

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                  RCC RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 11, 2008 07:33 PM

                  I. too, am curious about Annisa and am looking forward to some informationa about the tasting menu.

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                  silencespeak RE: kathryn Sep 11, 2008 03:11 PM

                  kathryn is MVP of this thread. :)

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                  abud RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 4, 2008 02:56 AM

                  Compass, but must say I haven't been in a year.

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                    rrems RE: abud Sep 4, 2008 09:05 AM

                    Compass is closed and is supposed to be reopening this month with a new menu.

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                    dlevine1781 RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 11, 2008 02:35 PM

                    Sunday nights at Dovetail is $40 per person - best deal in the city...

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                      rrems RE: dlevine1781 Sep 11, 2008 04:03 PM

                      That is not a "tasting" menu, it is a 3-course prix-fixe.

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                      shereesss RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 11, 2008 07:00 PM

                      knife and fork - 6 course chef's choice for $45, with wine pairing $85. i have been there several times with different group of friends and they seemed to like it. if there is something that you don't eat, you can mention it to the waiter and they will do their best to accomodate.

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                        kathryn RE: shereesss Sep 11, 2008 07:30 PM

                        I wasn't that impressed when I went last year -- too many dishes had repeated ingredients (it's noticeable with such a small menu, especially with repeated sauces) and at least one course was pretty "off" to my palate (the snail was rubbery and the flavors didn't blend).

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                        jeffthepeanut RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 12, 2008 10:16 PM

                        So I ended up going to Annisa the other day and got the 5-course tasting menu for $76, and I thought it was excellent!! The quality of the ingredients was there, and the dishes were original without being weird. And the flavors all blended together perfectly. Everything was yummy! The only thing that could have been better were the desserts, but I have high expectations there. Oh and the decor was cute but a bit plain. Service was top-notch and friendly.
                        edit: I also got the wine pairing but my friend did not. I thought it was an ok pairing but not at all creative. Not that there was anything wrong with the wines but they were a bit predictable.

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                          misnatalie RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 13, 2008 04:19 PM

                          thanks for the update. i love to do tastings so please keep reporting if you do more.

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                            shereesss RE: jeffthepeanut Sep 17, 2008 06:07 PM

                            i tried annisa last night based on the recommendation here. and i am glad we went. we didn't go with the tasting menu but upon the recommendation of the waitress the four of us had the following (there were duplicates but i am glad we did):
                            -app: spicy girlled eggplant, tuna with three mints, seared foie gras
                            -ent: miso marinated sable, skate, sauteed filet of madai
                            we did try each other dishes and enjoyed all of them. the foie gras was one of the better ones that i had tried. all the fish dishes were really good but both the sable and the skate stood out. although it's listed as american but there was definitely presence of asian flavor in each dish from the bonito brooth in the sable entree to the kimchee with the skate.

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