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Great Tasting Menu for Celebration

Foodierunner4 Apr 11, 2010 05:45 PM

Hi all!

I am looking for a restaurant with a great tasting menu in Manhattan. This is for a celebratory dinner and there will only be 4-5 people there and we are looking to spend no more than about $150/person.

We're pretty adventurous, so all types of foods are great!


  1. k
    kathryn Apr 11, 2010 08:21 PM

    $150 per person, including tax, tip, and wine? If so, then that's about $115 for food and drink. Which takes a lot of the top 4 star restaurants like Jean Georges and Eleven Madison Park out. Are you interested in wine pairings at all? Any specific cuisine or neighborhoods you have in mind (your favorites)? Additionally, when are you planning your celebratory dinner (which will determine availability)?

    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    Jean Georges
    1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: kathryn
      Foodierunner4 Apr 12, 2010 01:06 PM

      The dinner is not until early June, so hopefully reservations can be made at most places. Also, wine pairings are not really important, so I was not thinking of including wine in the $150...

      1. re: Foodierunner4
        kathryn Apr 12, 2010 01:42 PM

        Most restaurants accept reservations approximately one month in advance (some choose 31 days or 30 days or 28 days) so you should be set as long as you call right when the lines open.

        Does Degustation (mentioned below) strike your fancy? Babbo? Any others?

        Here's an old-ish thread that has a lot of tasting menus ranging $75-100 which should work for you (though prices may have increased somewhat):

        Scarpetta also offers a 5 course tasting for $80:

        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: Foodierunner4
          RGR Apr 12, 2010 04:51 PM

          With a budget of $150 for food only, I highly recommend EMP's 6-course seasonal tasting menu @ $135. By June, there may be some changes, but you can see the current version on the restaurant's website. The reservation book opens 28 days in advance of any date.

          http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/dinner.pdf (Scroll down.)

          Another excellent option is the 5-course seasonal tasting menu at Veritas @ $110, or slightly over you budget, the 9-course tasting @ $155. If you want to order wine, they are offering a 10th anniversary discount of 25% on all bottles.

          Photos of the 9-course tasting we had at Veritas in February can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157623486730570/


          1. re: RGR
            kathryn Apr 13, 2010 01:13 PM

            EMP is one of the best restaurants in town. If you can afford it, it's a perfect place for a celebration and the service is impeccable.

      2. daffyduck Apr 11, 2010 09:01 PM

        i like Degustation! or babbos pasta

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        1. re: daffyduck
          kathryn Apr 11, 2010 09:19 PM

          Degustation may be difficult, especially if they're a party of 5, as it's all counter seating, and they'd probably want one of the corners.

          Babbo is great but can be hard to get into unless you plan in advance. Best bet is to show up before 10am to make your reservation in person. For up to and including 6 people they accept reservations up to one month in advance to the numerical date (i.e., call on May 12 if you wish to dine on April 12). Not sure how many tables for 5 they have (would probably have to do a 6-top).

          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: kathryn
            daffyduck Apr 11, 2010 09:48 PM

            rightt i forgot about that but i remember a few parties of 5 at degustation. i think its still doable but you should call foodierunner.

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