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A la Carte @ Le Cirque, Alex, Picasso?

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The menus posted for said venues are for tasting and prix fixe. Has anyone had any success getting a la carte options at these venues, or for that matter at Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Bradley Ogden, etc.?

I will always do a tasting menu, basic or chef's, but occasionally there are items mentioned or offered that I would also like to try and I was wondering if anyone has been able to order these -- in addition to -- the items on the degustation? Also, how receptive are these places to substitutions of one menu item for another if you prefer something else?

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  1. You should have success at at least several of these places.

    The menu for Bradley Ogden includes a la carte choices.

    The last time I checked, so did the menu for Guy Savoy. When I ate there, I was told that they would gladly substitute items on the tasting menu.

    When I had the tasting menu at Alex, I was also told that substitutions were possible.

    Joel Robuchon used to offer a la carte meals, although that menu was only offered upon request. I don't know if this is still true. However, when I ate there, the party next to me made substitutions without any difficulty.