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Jan 4, 2009 07:47 PM

Serve only amuse bouche - does it exist?

My wife and I are insanely excited about hitting the big apple this month, and are wondering if there exists a restaurant where all or the majority of food served is prix fixe amuse bouche/ We realize that with many restaurants, the prix fixe menu is typically wrought with them already, but looking for a place the emphasizes them. Not tapas or sushi...specifically amuse bouche. Thanks in advance!

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  1. amuse bouche are introductory samples that highlight the chef's abilities or some ingredient...i think you may be seeking some more creative tapas-esque small plates.

    possibly degustation may fit what you are looking for?

    1. You might want to check out L' Atelier de Joel Robuchon.

      1. Adding to what Sam said, the only thing which distinguishes an amuse bouche is that it's a complimentary small plate, i.e. free, so no, what you are looking for does not exist. Since you specifically rule out tapas, I am not sure what you're looking for.

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        1. re: Wilfrid

          Ditto. An amuse is a single bite.

          1. re: Wilfrid

            I would have agreed with you a year ago, but we dined at Spago in LA and recieved at LEAST 8 amuse. Now, whether or not we can define them as being free or part of the menu is a different story. There is a fine line between "amuse on the menu" and a tapas. I am looking for a meal that consists of 1-2 bite dishes. call it small plates, call it amuse, call it afraid of commitment. i rule out tapas because to most, this signifies (by 'definition") spanish-influenced, which is not necessarily what we're after.

          2. Actually there is a menu like this! If you are going to be here by January 18, Brasserie 8 1/2 extended their 8 1/2 course, 8 1/2 anniversary tasting menu. The courses are served in 2 batches and each is only slightly larger than an amuse bouche. It's a lovely place and an interesting experience to do once, especially given the $28.50 price tag.


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            1. re: City Kid

              Casa Mono could also be a good spot. Make reservations though.

              1. re: City Kid

                P.S. just booked this place for their deal! it looks like a perfect match to what i was asking for. Thanks city kid

              2. Now that you have explained, I think you are looking for small plates and not spanish influenced tapas.

                Places that you can find small plates include Robuchon suggested by DarthEater (the small tasting, not the regular sized) and Picholine (their tasting plates / MENU D’ECONOMIE).
                There are "bars" that serve small plates on a bigger portion (so not exactly one or two bites, more of smaller appetizers), but you may also consider them: Bar at the Modern, Craftbar, Terroir (Italian), Bar Stuzzichini (Italian), Caselulla (Cheese and Wine).