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May 7, 2010 03:07 PM

Need tasting menu+wine pairing restaurant recommendations(budget is 300-325 pretax/tip)

Hi there,

I'm looking for a restaurant where tasting menu+wine pairing comes out to approximately 300-325 for two, before tax and tip. Most places I was considering are above this

Dress casual preferred; I'll be in a sportcoat and trousers that day but will not be packing any suits. Would not want to feel out of place.

As of right now I have reservations at craft and will do a-la-carte if I can't find something interesting.

Would like a place with some NY "street cred." - will be taking an out-of-towner.

Person I'm taking likes seafood. I am also not opposed to a-la-carte, but I'm looking for an extended dinner where I can try lots of dishes and reasonably priced wine while catching up in a setting appropriate for that(old friends).

Thanks for all your help! Will be celebrating a birthday if that counts.

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  1. Sorry- not mentioned, first weekend of june is the target date.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Souper

      I'm not 100% certain they do wine pairings... (i think so), but you may want to look into Degustation. Their website is a little screwed up at the moment, but they have a 10 course tasting menu for $80 and they get a lot of love on this board.

      I think it should fit within your budget, even without knowing how much the pairings would be, or if they do them.

      1. re: egit

        Took my wife to Degustation on Saturday. We asked our server to start us out with cava and then pair wine with the meal's progression as she saw fit, which resulted in one glass of chardonnay and a glass of a pinot-like wine. In all, 3 glasses. Meal was very good. Inventive, flavorful, nice ingredients. Total came out to $284 incl. tip. For those willing to leave Manhattan and who enjoy the open kitchen format with seating around the chefs, I would highly, HIGHLY recommend trying to get a reservation at the kitchen at Brooklyn Fare. Although they are raising prices and doing away with the BYOB (substituting w/ a wine pairing that will meaningfully change the price point), it was one of the best dining expeiences I've had in recent memory.

    2. At Aldea, Chef George Mendes' Portuguese-influenced cuisine is superb! He offers a 5-course tasting menu for $80, imo, a steal for food of such high caliber. They do pairings. I don't know the cost but can't imagine it would exceed your budget.

      We just had a tasting menu there, which included many seafood dishes on it. I left the photography to one of our dining companions whose skills far exceed mine.

      Aldea tasting menu photos:

      Service is excellent. The space has impressive contemporary decor. The dress code is casual, i.e., some suits/jackets at lunch but not so much at dinner.

      It is extremely popular, so you should book for the first week in June asap.

      Happy Birthday in advance!

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      1. re: RGR

        thanks for the suggestions thus far! we've already done degustation so we'd like to try something new. Aldea looks good.

        right now im considering doing a more expensive tasting menu (night will mostly be about the food) and either splitting one wine pairing or ordering by the glass.

        Anyone know where I'd have the greatest success? I'd like at least 750ml of wine but I'm not sure where the pairings will be that big.

        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: Souper

          You might want to consider the following:

          Eleven Madison Park - 6 courses - $135
          Veritas - 5 courses - $110
          The Modern - Chef's Tasting 7 courses - $125/Seasonal 7 courses - $135
          Corton - 7 courses - $145

          Note: I have no idea how many glasses of wine (5-6 oz pours each) = 750ml.

          1. re: RGR

            None of the above include wine pairings - it looks likes all of them would break the budget (about $150 - $160 pp) once pairings were included.

            The best multi-course tasting I can think of that - including wine - would fit the budget is at Babbo. $69 for the Pasta tasting and $75 for the regular one, and only $50 for the wine pairings. That said, good luck getting a table.

            That said, instead of going for pairings, at Veritas the tasting menu is a great deal, and they could lead you to a bottle or two of spectacular wines to accompany for the remaining budget.

            Gramercy Tavern is another option - there aren't any pairings listed on the website, but the tasting menu is a good deal @ $112, certainly leaving room in the budget for wine.

            Del Posto - $95 Prix Fixe, but it's four courses (more like six when you count all the extra amuses, breads, and such) - nice, drawn out meal, and leaves a bit of wiggle room for a couple decent bottles.

            WD-50 - Go a la carte, order two rounds of appetizers + entree + dessert, make your own mini-tasting menu, basically - the food cost will still be under $100 pp, leaving you room for some good wines.

            50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

            Gramercy Tavern
            42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            Del Posto
            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

      2. Another thought, go Japanese: Omakase at Nobu or Morimoto, $100 - $120 pp for what'll be seven to nine courses, spend the rest on a couple good bottles of sake. Or, even better, the seasonal Kaiseki at Kyo-Ya - though the price of that varies, best to check first.

        105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Kyo Ya
        94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009