Best Tasting Menu / Value in NYC?..
dear my fellow hounds?..
i'm trying to plan a nyc restaurant tour for my brother(who is a chef) when he comes in for a week in april?...
I will take anyone's opinion as to the best tasting menu's in the city ...along with the best value?...all types of cuisine are fine...
Absolute best, no price ceiling? Does that include wine pairings or not?
Best value would have to be Degustation's 10 course for $75.
The single most over-the-top, elaborate tasting menu in NYC is found at Per Se. In addition to the standard 9 course menu ($275), they offer a customizable extended tasting with an extended presentation of canapés. Expect around 20 courses, 5-6 hours total dining time, and being $450+ poorer per person, not including wine. A really long and really expensive meal, no doubt.
The two current tasting menus at Le Bernardin are exceptional (7 courses, $138; 8 courses, $185). The wine pairings are spectacular and if you can afford it, they shouldn't be missed; they are intelligently chosen and elevate the tasting menus to an even higher level. I think the 7 course tasting is a very good value when compared to the tasting menus of Le Bernardin's 3 Michelin starred peers.
In terms of fine dining value, Eleven Madison Park's 11 course Gourmand ($175) tasting is the clear winner. A great experience all-around. Also consider the 5 course Gourmand lunch ($68).
For best value, consider shifting up your eating time and do a tasting menu at lunch time. As people noted, the EMP Gourmand Lunch is a great bargain.
We did the Del Posto tasting menu at lunch, and it was great. Same meal course-for-course as dinner at a nice discount ($75 per person compared to $125 at dinner).
Veritas - we did the 9 course tasting when it was $135, this past summer. Looks like it is now at $155. Completely amazing meal, really enjoyed it, but not a great 'discount," so much as just a great restaurant experience.