Looking for Prix Fixe in Manhattan
I'm coming to the city with a girlfriend next weekend and we are looking for a great affordable meal. It doesn't have to be Prix Fixe, but that's about the price point we're looking for: $25-40 each.
I tried the pre theater menu Vice Versa last time I was in town and was a little disappointed. Any thoughts? Neighborhood isn't important: We'll go anywhere. Thanks for the advice!
Compass has an excellent prix fixe dinner for $35. Ouest has a decent one for $33 -- but you have to order by 6:30 and the options they offer aren't my personal favorites on the menu.
Given your broad criteria, I think you can afford to narrow it down to a neighborhood or a few cuisines, if you want to.
Two restaurants with superb cuisine and lovely ambiance which offer a bargain *lunch* prix-fixe on the weekend:
Fleur de Sel, on 20th St., b/t B'way & 5th Av. - Sat. & Sun. - 3 courses = $29.
Tocqueville, on 15th St., b/t Union Sq. W. & 5th Av. - Sat. - 3 courses = $24.08
On the recommendation of my brother (who spent a summer here interning at Le Bernardin), I went to La Boite en Bois, at 75 W> 68th. My criteria was "best meal you can personally vouch for that I could actually get in."
They have a prix fixe for $40 from 5-7. I showed up around 8 or so, but they still let me have it, as it wasn't busy by then.
It was really lovely. I had the salade du jour, which was endive, frisee, figs (perfect!), walnuts and goat cheese with a citrus vinaigrette, followed by coquilles et crevettes in some sort of gingery something, and topped it all off with apple raising bread pudding with vanilla bourbon sauce and a sprinkling of very fresh berries. I also had a glass of pinot grigio ($10) and some tea ($3).