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Favorite "recession" deal?

jisforjenn May 17, 2009 11:17 PM

I know that eater, nymag, and a few other websites have a great compilation of all the restaurants that are offering great deals right now, but with the crazy number of deals right now I'm having a really hard time choosing which ones to try next!

Which ones are your favorite? Which did you think gave you the most value for your $?

So far, my favorite is JG's lunch deal.... going again on Tuesday!!

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    ExFlexitarian May 18, 2009 07:28 AM

    Apiary's 3 course prix fixe + no corkage Monday's are definitely my fav along with Momofuku Noodle Bar's lunch and dinner prix fixe's.

    I've heard great things about Smith's Monday night spring chicken meal.

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      dolcevita_sf May 18, 2009 09:08 AM

      Smith's chicken dinner is actually available on both Mon and Tue nights. We had it last Tuesday, and it is an almost ridiculous amount of quite tasty food for $35. It's designed for two, but could easily have fed a third person.


      We received *two* of each of the items pictured; i.e., two enormous green salads, two portions of (delicious) polenta, a double-sized portion of green beans, mushrooms and pearl onions, two very generous chocolate mousses, and because they were on the small side, two chickens!

      Needless to say, we had enough leftovers to make lunch the following day.

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        Cheese Boy May 18, 2009 11:12 AM

        Two chickens definitely sealed the deal ... Wow!

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          jisforjenn May 18, 2009 11:26 AM

          Sounds like I'll have to head over to Smith's next! I'd been avoiding it because my boyfriend eats A LOT, but he's really picky, so would probably only eat the chicken... and I was worried it would be too small for 2 people to share. If they're giving you TWO chickens though..... :D Thanks for the review!

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            dolcevita_sf May 18, 2009 12:53 PM

            As I said, the (two) chickens were smallish. Larger and meatier than Cornish hens, though. Maybe 1 1/2 lbs each? It was certainly more than enough food.

            I assume that if they have larger birds on any given day, you'd be served a single one to share.

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            newfoodie May 22, 2009 01:31 PM

            Wow, all that and they even let you take the leftovers home!

            I've been hearing a lot about this deal recently, do you think it will be crowded on Mondays and Tuesdays now?

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          Jorel May 18, 2009 04:36 PM

          Brown Cafe now offers $30 dinner every night: choice of any appetizer and any entree on the menu, plus a throw-away apple tart.

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            dolcevita_sf May 18, 2009 06:41 PM

            We planned our week in NY to include the following, all of which were fantastic value:

            Lunch at Jean Georges - 2 courses for $28
            Lunch at Eleven Madison Park - 2 courses for $28
            Lunch at Peter Luger - $8.95 burgers

            Monday dinner @ Apiary - no corkage; $35 3-course prix fixe (though we ordered a la carte)
            Tue dinner @ Smith's - $35 chicken for two (see above)

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            1. re: dolcevita_sf
              demo5 May 19, 2009 02:02 PM

              These are all for lunch. They are not necessarily recession specials (some have been around for a while):
              Jean Georges $28 2 Course
              Nougatine (Jean Georges) $24 3 Course
              Alto $36 2 Course
              Gotham $31 3 Course
              Feledia $30 3 Course
              Aquavit $24 3 Course
              David Burke Townhouse $24 3 Course
              Bar Boloud $24 3 Course
              Chanterelle $42 3 Course
              Pamplona $22 3 Course
              Del Posto Enoteca $32 3 Course

              Also, Devi, Cafe Boulud, Petrossian and L'ecole all have lunch deals,but I don't have the prices handy.

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                Rmis32 May 23, 2009 12:54 PM

                Tocqueville also has a 3 course lunch deal for $24.09, $39.09 w/ wine pairing (3 oz pours).


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              comiendosiempre May 23, 2009 03:13 PM

              David Burke Townhouse has a Sunday dinner, three course, for $21, I believe. (Its either 21 or 24.) We went a couple of weeks ago. Its a terrific deal. Nice sized portions, good service, pretty room. Food is not Jean Georges, etc., but very good. Likely couldn't replicate it at home at that price.

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