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NYC Tasting Menus?

peacepug Aug 21, 2009 04:54 AM

DH's bday is coming up and I wanted to know which restaurants offer tasting menus these days, and which are actually worth it. Thanks for any reviews/suggestions.

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    DeisCane Aug 21, 2009 06:06 AM

    I think Mike's is the only place.

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      cheesecake17 Aug 21, 2009 06:30 AM

      I've heard that the tasting menu at Mike's in excellent, and they'll work with you if you're really picky about an item or two. When I looked into it, they told me it's no problem to substitute something for the fish course, as long as they know in advance. The food at Mike's is excellent.. so I would think that the tasting menu would be great.

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        peacepug Aug 21, 2009 07:24 AM

        hmmm I see Solo has one, anyone ever been ?

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          cheesecake17 Aug 21, 2009 08:15 AM

          My parents have been to solo, not for the tasting, and said it wasn't good. Too loud, rude waiter, food was eh, portions were small and not worth the price.

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          tleah Aug 26, 2009 05:16 AM

          The tasting menu at Mikes is in fact incredible! the ambiance there was really nice also.. we sat upstairs. the gnocci was my favorite-

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        ciamx Aug 21, 2009 07:48 AM

        Mike's is great. I went there with 7 other people for their tasting menu. I was the only vegetarian in the group, and for every meat dish that was being served, Mike prepared an equivalent vegetarian dish. It was FANTASTIC!

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          GilaB Aug 21, 2009 08:38 AM

          Mosaica had an excellent 7-course tasting menu the last time we were there, which I grant was about six months ago. It's in Union County NJ, which is quick to get to from NYC if you have a car, but not easily doable via mass transit. I prefer the food there to that at Mike's Bistro, which I find overrated, but I haven't tried Mike's tasting menu.

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            DeisCane Aug 21, 2009 10:26 AM

            FWIW, taking the NJT to Maplewood and then a $12 cab will get you to Mosaica in about 45 minutes.

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              GilaB Aug 21, 2009 02:32 PM


              If you are still interested in the Mike's tasting menu, do note that you have to call ahead to order it a day in advance.

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            koshercamembert Aug 21, 2009 09:20 AM

            I recently wrote up Mike's on my blog. My family didn't get the tasting menu (which they do have), but we had an amazing though pricey meal. If you want to check out some pics of the food, you can go to my blog post (sorry for gratuitous self promotion) -- http://koshercamembert.wordpress.com/...

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              peacepug Aug 21, 2009 10:09 AM

              For those who have had the tasting menu, do you recommend the wine pairings?

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                zsero Aug 21, 2009 01:35 PM

                I do.

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              Chairman Mao Aug 21, 2009 10:38 AM

              There's a small place in Great Neck called Tel Aviv that has a great $40 tasting menu. I thought it was superior to Mike's tasting menu.

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                MartyB Aug 21, 2009 03:26 PM

                I never went to a tasting menu, is that like an all you can eat buffet but with a fancier name?

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                  DeisCane Aug 21, 2009 03:58 PM

                  No, it's more like a prix fixe with a less fancy name. :-)

                  It's typically 5 or more courses, defined by the chef, often around a theme (seasonal ingredients, for example).

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                brooklynkoshereater Aug 22, 2009 07:02 PM

                I've been to solo many times and, I've got to tell you, it's one of my favorite places in the city. I love the food - the mushroom veloute is to die for - and I don't consider the portions small at all. They do have a tasting menu, but you should call to find out.

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                  DebbyT Aug 22, 2009 07:18 PM

                  I've had the tasting menu at Mike's and it was outstanding. Never would've believed I would like beets! He serves his "standards." Beet salad, duck gnocchi, short-ribs...so it's great if you haven't eaten there before.
                  I'm told that Solo and Abigaels' do tasting menus as well.

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                    zsero Aug 22, 2009 07:24 PM

                    Me too. When they asked about things I disliked, I didn't think of beets, so they gave me the beet salad and I was surprised to find I liked it.

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