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Ima Foodie Jul 22, 2009 08:12 AM

Looking for a great tasting menu for around $75 - $100, excluding wine. I've already looked at what's been posted before but lots are currently closed, aren't true tasting menus but rather prix fixe meals, etc. thanks.

  1. k
    kathryn Jul 22, 2009 08:54 AM

    How do you define a tasting menu vs. prix fixe? Number of courses? Choices vs. no choices/substitutions?

    Allen & Delancey has 6 courses for $82
    http://www.allenanddelancey.net/menu.html

    Aquavit's Chef's Tasting at dinner is 8 courses and $105, they also have a lunch time tasting for $58 for 5 courses:
    http://www.aquavit.org/pdf/diningroomlunchmenu.pdf
    http://www.aquavit.org/pdf/diningroomdinnermenu.pdf

    Falai has the Menu Fantasia which is a 9 course menu offered for $80.
    http://falainyc.com/falai/

    Insieme's Pasta Tasting is 6 courses for $68
    http://restaurantinsieme.com/dinner.pdf

    Felidia has a 6 Course Tasting Menu for $85
    http://www.felidia-nyc.com/

    The Bar Room at the Modern has a 5 course menu for $58, and
    Degustation has a 5 course tasting for $50 and a 10 course tasting for $75. Note they have no web site.

    Esca has a 6 course tasting menu for $75.
    http://www.esca-nyc.com/tasting.cfm

    Telepan's 5 Course Tasting Menu is $69.
    http://www.telepan-ny.com/dinner.html

    Maze at Gordon Ramsay offers a 5 course menu for $70.00 per person
    http://www.gordonramsay.com/mazeatthelondonnyc/menus/chefsmenu/

    Dovetail offers 6 courses for $88
    http://dovetailnyc.com/pdfs/Dovetail.Tasting.pdf

    Babbo's tasting is $69 per person for the pasta tasting (8 courses) or $75 for the chef's tasting (8 courses).
    http://www.babbonyc.com/menu2.html#tasting

    The Tabla r tasting is 7 courses for $89 at dinner. Note that it is offered in both the formal dining room and the more casual Bread Bar. The formal dining room also has a vegetarian tasting for $79 which looks to be 5 courses.
    http://www.tablany.com/BB%20Dinner.pdf
    http://www.tablany.com/BB%20Dinner.pdf

    Momofuku Ssam Bar will create a tasting for you that is about $70-75. I think it is 8 courses and I've heard reports that they will send out different dishes, one for you, and one for your companion, so you can try even more items.

    Momofuku Ko's dinner tasting menu is $100 for 9 courses.

    Devi's chef's tasting is $85. I believe it is 6 courses.
    http://www.devinyc.com/menus.html#dinner

    Hearth currently has a 5 course fava bean (!) tasting menu for $82.
    http://www.restauranthearth.com/menu.pdf

    Gramercy Tavern has a 5 course lunch tasting that is only $55. Their dinner time chef's tasting is over your boundaries, but their dinner time vegetable tasting (vegetables are the focus but it is not exclusively vegetarian) is only $92.

    The Eleven Madison Park tasting menus are out of your range for dinner but you can do one for lunch, 5 courses for $68.

    Blue Hill's Farmer's Feast is 5 courses, and I think it's just under $100 but I would call and ask.

    The brand new Kajitsu has 8 courses for $70:
    http://www.kajitsunyc.com/menu.html

    Sugiyama has their 8 Course Modern Kaiseki for $75.
    http://www.sugiyama-nyc.com/11701.html

    Lan has a chef's tasting of 7 courses for $48:
    http://www.lan-nyc.com/lan_menu_1.pdf

    IIRC Ushiwakamaru has two tasting menus, a $75 menu and a $100 menu.

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    1. re: kathryn
      ellenost Jul 22, 2009 10:19 AM

      Bravo, Kathryn for composing such a comprehensive list. I would add Bouley's $95 prix-fixe. Looks very yummy to me!

      1. re: kathryn
        kelea Jul 22, 2009 01:56 PM

        I have nothing to add resto wise. I just wanted to compliment kathryn on this AMAZING list

        1. re: kathryn
          misnatalie Jul 22, 2009 05:32 PM

          Amazing, comprehensive list. I checked the Blue Hill @ S.B. site and it's $105 for 5 courses, $135 for Farmers Feast

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            k
            kathryn Jul 22, 2009 06:40 PM

            Do you know if BH at Stone Barns is usually more or less expensive than the NYC branch?

            1. re: kathryn
              misnatalie Jul 22, 2009 09:27 PM

              The NY locations has app, entree, and dessert options where as Stone Barns has no set menu -you only get to choose the number of courses. You could choose a single entree in NY making it less that the minimum 5 courses for dinner at Stone Barns

        2. c
          Corporate_40 Jul 22, 2009 09:29 AM

          Degustation is another option. 5 courses is $50, 8-10 courses for $75.

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          1. re: Corporate_40
            NellyNel Jul 22, 2009 01:31 PM

            I was going to suggest Degustation too - but actually it is already on Kathryn's list!

            A very comprehensive list indeed! Well done Kathryn!

          2. q
            quizkiddonniesmith Jul 22, 2009 11:17 AM

            Sho Shaun Hergatt currently offers a 5 course tasting menu for $95, which for the quality of the dishes, is a fantastic value.

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            1. re: quizkiddonniesmith
              seal Jul 22, 2009 12:11 PM

              Wow - kathryn's list is amazing.

              Depending on how often you get into nyc, I've had a lot of those meals and the one I most talk about still is EMP. Lunch there is a great option and the five courses plus amuse, etc. is tremendously filling.

              If you love Indian food and you will get to do EMP another time, Tabla is not bad, but Devi is wonderful. The cauliflower, lamb chops, and Emperor's Morsel dessert can make me drool even when I am full.

            2. r
              RGR Jul 22, 2009 01:09 PM

              True to form, kathryn, you've done a terrific job of putting together a very comprehensive list. I would add the following:

              Chanterelle - 5 courses and tea or coffee = $95pp

              Dovetail - 6 courses = $88pp

              http://www.dovetailnyc.com

              http://www.chanterellenyc.com (Note: They're closing in mid-August for a spruce-up and will reopen late October in time to celebrate their 30th anniversary in November.

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              Jean Georges - Lunch is 2 courses for $28, additional courses are $14 each, and desserts are each $8. One could easily assemble a tasting menu of one's own choosing within the stated budget. For example, six savory courses + two desserts = $100pp.

              http://www.jean-georges.com

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              1. re: RGR
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                planetjess Jul 22, 2009 01:21 PM

                One caution on the Jean Georges idea--and this is no knock on the place, as I was just lucky enough to do the lunch there a couple of weeks ago and agree that it is a delicious delicious bargain. But one of the hallmarks of a tasting menu is that the portions are downsized appropriately given the number of courses you'll be having. The JG lunch courses are, IMO, sized to be right for lunch at two or three courses--ordering six courses plus two desserts would force me to have the self-restraint to leave at least half of each course on the plate...

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                  r
                  RGR Jul 22, 2009 01:39 PM

                  From my experience, there are many dishes on the Jean Georges lunch menu that are quite small. A few bites, and you're done. Others are more substantial and seem to be on the latter half of the menu. I was only giving an example of the most you could order for $100. You could do four savories + one dessert . Cost: $64.

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