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French pre fix-decently priced, for a birthday?

porkified Jan 25, 2009 08:57 AM

I know I've read something on here about a great pre fix meal at a French restaurant but cannot remember the name. Any decently priced French bistros for parties of 8? We are celebrating a friend's 30th and want it to be a nice adult celebration with good food and a decent price. Thank you!

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    cricri7 Feb 2, 2009 01:59 AM

    Benoit has a 35$ prix fixe between 5:30 and 6:30. I had dinner there at the beginning of January and liked it very much. I had their steak tartare. I had coffee after dinner and they bring out chocolates and home made caramels. They were incredible! I would go back just for those. The service was top notch. I was even treated to a complimentary glass of wine by the waiter. I was expecting stuffy but I got a great welcome from them.

    1. LeahBaila Jan 29, 2009 12:11 PM

      Nougatine at Jean Georges has a nightly $35 prix fixe (though you must arrive on the early side of the evening). I found the food to be excellent.


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      1. re: LeahBaila
        Rmis32 Jan 30, 2009 06:00 PM

        I second Nougatine. Food, service & value are all top notch.

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          Gigi007 Feb 1, 2009 01:48 PM

          I third Nougatine. And I also like La Sirene (BYOB).

        2. re: LeahBaila
          City Kid Feb 1, 2009 02:18 PM

          Why do you have to arrive early? I do not believe it is just an early dinner. It would be an excellent choice for an inexpensive, prix fixe French dinner...first rate food and service.

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          douglas525 Jan 29, 2009 12:08 PM

          L'Ecole, the restaurant for the French Culinary Institute, has a prix fixe in your price range, and the place is definitely big enough to accomodate a party of eight without bumping elbows.

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            leaudemiel Jan 29, 2009 08:07 AM

            There's La Bonne Soupe...

            1. Spends Rent on Food Jan 27, 2009 08:37 AM

              Artisanal is great french and do parties of 8 price fix. In fact we had my birthday dinner there about three years ago. For a party of 10 they offered a 35, 45, or 55 price fix, and made up custom price fix menus with my name on them for the occasion.

              Overall it was a great birthday meal- they did a fantastic job.

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              1. re: Spends Rent on Food
                kareny123 Jan 27, 2009 11:34 AM

                Perhaps you were thinking of La Sirene in west Soho. They have an early bird prixe-fixe from 5-7pm, 3 courses for $27. However, it's cash only and quite a tiny restaurant... so I don't know if it's the best option for a birthday.

                My birthday is also coming up and I'm looking for a similarly gently priced excellent french (or italian) spot. I was thinking of Bouley for lunch (since i checked out their relocated restaurant, and it's quite pretty) for $48 (4 courses).

              2. dawnfawn Jan 26, 2009 08:19 AM

                Bistro Les Amis on Spring Street is a good choice

                1. ChefJune Jan 26, 2009 07:04 AM

                  I'll bet you are thinking of Gascogne on 8th Ave and 18th St. where the prix fixe is $29 if you are seated by 7:30. It is wonderful, and the food is the same high caliber it always is! Excellent, affordable wine list, too.

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                    ian9139 Jan 25, 2009 02:09 PM

                    Perry st is not a french bistro but French/contemporary American
                    They recently extended their $24 lunch, which is excellent, with a year round $35 dinner, but it seems that there are less choices available at dinner. I think that a party of 8 could sit at the largest round booths.

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                      kobetobiko Jan 25, 2009 02:17 PM

                      The $35 dinner has only 2 or 3 options for each course, and is only available between 5:30 - 6:30pm or 10 - 11pm. No Substitute.

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                      kobetobiko Jan 25, 2009 01:37 PM

                      Is this for dinner or lunch? Do you want a french bistro or if upscale French restaurant works? If you are willing to do lunch there are quite a few options out there.

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                        RGR Jan 25, 2009 12:29 PM

                        Do you have any recollection of approximately how much that prix-fixe you read about cost?

                        If you're willing to eat early, two French restaurants with superb cuisine and lovely, adult ambiance are now offering a 3-course dinner prix-fixes. Fleur de Sel's is $45 and is served 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Allegretti's is $42 and is served 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. In both cases, I think the cost is a steal for food of such high caliber.


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                          porkified Jan 25, 2009 01:08 PM

                          thanks RGR! I was thinking around the 35 dollar range but the Fleur de Sel Sounds about right. Perhaps they've raised their price?

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                            david sprague Jan 25, 2009 01:15 PM

                            i think it's been at that price point for a bit. fleur is a splurge place for me, but it's really worth it. food is excellent and it's a super-warm, intimate setting.

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                              RGR Jan 25, 2009 02:05 PM

                              No, this $45 dinner prix-fixe is brand new. It was announced in their recent e-mail newsletter which I received a few days ago. The cost for their regular dinner prix-fixe is $76.

                              Perhaps, you're confusing this with their year-round 3-course *lunch* prix-fixe, which is $29.

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