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Feb 22, 2010 06:18 AM

Tasting Menu

Need ideas for tasting menu restaurant for daughter birthday, Babbo already booked can spend about $125 per person, any ideas would be most welcome, disappointed could not get into babbo for 3/20/10. Help???

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  1. Eleven Madison Park's "taste of winter" tasting menu is 125 per person. you can make reservations now

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    1. re: wreckers00

      I strongly second the Eleven Madison Park recommendation.

      1. re: ellenost

        Highly recommend Eleven Madison Park.

    2. Not sure if you can get a reservation at Daniel or Bouley but they both have great tasting menus. Plus, according to news reports, Bouley is going broke so he could use the support!

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      1. re: CantStopEating

        Bouley is another great recommendation!

      2. If you want to spend $125/person including tax and tip, Eleven Madison Park will be far, far too expensive. If you were considering Babbo, I think Convivio is the best alternative (IMO, it's even better). They don't have a tasting menu, but for $62 you get to choose 4 courses from their menu and you'll be able to get some wine and remain within your budget.

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        1. re: hcbk0702

          EMP has a three-course prix fixe for $'s a wonderful restaurant.

          And I cannot fathom a comparison between Convivio and EMP...i think they are in different leagues.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            I think Convivio is a more appropriate alternative to Babbo; they're both Italian with great pastas and similar prices. A four course, choose anything off the entire menu prix fixe for $62 at Convivio isn't comparable to a three course prix fixe with far fewer choices (with several carrying hefty supplemental charges) for $88 at EMP. For a more upscale meal, sure, EMP easily wins out. But with wine, even EMP's $88 prix fixe can easily be over $125/person after tax and tip. The main issue with Convivio is that it doesn't have a tasting menu, but I can't think of any Italian restaurants of Babbo's caliber or better that actually have good tasting menus in the $60-75 range.

            And there are a few restaurants that I consider above EMP ("in different leagues" as you say), but I see no need to mention them when they're in an even higher price range.