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Best Value in Manhattan

My wife and I are coming to NYC for our anniversary in October. Food is going to be a big part of the trip. We've been prowling the board, but are overwhelmed by all the choices. We are still trying to set our budget. So we are looking for the best values in Manhattan.

We are looking for lunch and dinner recs. Anything from super casual to tasting menus. We'll probably do one tasting menu for our actual anniversary dinner. After that we are open to just about anything. Two exceptions though: we don't do Indian food (bad experience in the past) and while we're not opposed to seafood, it's not very high on the list.

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  1. Jean Georges has a lunch deal Monday through Saturday which includes two courses for $29. I think it is the best fine dining lunch bargain in the city.

    1. As you've "prowled the boards", surely you have noticed some places that look appealing to you? Why not start by inquiring about those, and we can fill in with other, and possibly better, suggestions.

      1. EMP also has a very good lunch deal. As well as SHO and Del Posto though I never tried them. I personally would do higher end places for lunch. Then maybe asian food and pizza for dinner. Some places I like are Viet-Pho Bang, Bahn mi-Baoguette, Chinese-Great Noodletown, Pizza-Keste, Japenese-15 East. 15 East is a higher end place but it is not too expensive if you don't do a tasting menu.
        BTW I would trek to Flushing if you are interested in more asian food especially different regional chinese foods.

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        15 East
        15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

        1. Value in Manhattan is a hard thing to get :P. What is your price range?

          For a brunch served until 4:00, I like Cafe Orlin on St. Marks. Here is the menu: http://www.cafeorlin.com/docs/brunch.pdf

          Not dirt cheap, but does this seem reasonable?

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          Cafe Orlin
          41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          1. I would also like to throw Convivio out there. They have a lunch prixe fixe for 2 courses $28 or 3 courses $40. Their dinner prixe fixe is fantastic and a bargain as it is 4 courses for $62. You'd be very hard pressed to find another restaurant offering that quality at that price in my opinion.

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            Convivio
            45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017