Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Dec 29, 2008 01:31 PM

Best dinner in NYC for around $150 per person?

So I'm looking to take my girlfriend out for a nice celebration dinner.

I am looking for a tasting menu (but am open to other suggestions) that will run about 100 per person not including drinks. I'm looking to drop around 300 for the evening (so if there is a menu with a pairing that comes out to around 125 per person, that would be perfect).

I saw the tasting menu at Babbo looked nice for $75 a person and a $50 wine pairing...that seems like just what i'm looking for.

I've been to Daniel, JG and Picholine recently, so I am looking to try something new and exciting...what are some nice recs?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I would highly recommend Fleur de Sel. The 6-course tasting dinner is $89. With wine pairings, it's $145 (tax & gratuity additional). It is a bit above your stated budget, but I feel it's a steal compared to costs at Daniel, J.G. and Picholine, expecially since the quality of the contemporary French cuisine is superb. The wines are excellent, and service is professional. Though ambiance is not as oppulent as the higher-enders, the small space does have understated elegant decor and a cozy, romantic feel.

    1. Go with Babbo. The pasta tasting menu is very good, or go with a la carte if you need primarily meat and/or fish dishes.

      As per your post, it wil be different from all those that you've had before.

      1. Interesting...Fleur de Sel hadn't popped up on my radar yet, but I'll check out the website.

        Ambiance is also an important factor because this is a celebration dinner, so I want it to be special/memorable....

        Thanks for the advice thus far. Keep the recommendations coming

        4 Replies
          1. re: 143245

            If your girlfriend is the Chow type, try sneaking into Ko on a Friday or Saturday night. The infamous online-only reservation system actually makes it easier to get in then: compared to the million office drones at their computers every weekday at 10am, there are relatively few New Yorkers up and online on a Saturday or Sunday morning at that hour. I've never managed to get in on a weekday, but got a spot on a Friday night (logging on the previous Saturday morning) on my first try, with nimble fingers and a good internet connection.

            And don't worry about the relatively spartan decor for "atmosphere": it's the dining experience most clearly etched in my skull from the last couple of years at least.

            1. re: cjd260

              Could someone pls point me to "Ko"? Is this sushi Ko? Thanks,

        1. I feel like a broken record, but do Degustation. they have a 10 course tasing with wine pairing for $150 ($75 without the wine). I went for my bday and it was FABULOUS! Food is innovative and delicious and the service was great. They were very accommodating with my questions about the wines and it was a terrific night.

          Seating is at the bar (though you are in regular chairs, not on bar stools) and it's very cozy!

          5 Replies
          1. re: piegirl74

            Degustation is great ,, jack's luxury oyster bar is also reallygood,,, for best meal though id do Jean George;s

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              OP said "I've been to Daniel, JG and Picholine recently, so I am looking to try something new and exciting..."

              1. re: kathryn

                oooops! didnt realize JG was Jean Georges. Kyo Ya would be a nice 2-3 hr. dinner.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I've never eating a JLOB in the new location but it just doesn't appear to be particularly special. It's just a lame looking store front on second avenue. It's narrow and the decor is a lame impression of the old townhouse location on 5th street.

            2. re: piegirl74

              Totally agreed on Degustation. Wonderful food and wine, super-knowledgeable and helpful staff.

            3. To me, a special evening starts with a beautiful room, followed by great food. I suggest Park Avenue Winter. The winter decoration is sparkly, romantic and elegant. Service is very attentive. Best of all is the food. . We went there for dinner a few weeks ago and left feeling very happy with whole experience. Make sure you eat in the front room.