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Restaurants with tasting menus of more than 8 plates?

ViolentScarlet Aug 23, 2010 12:50 PM

I'm headed to NY in a couple weeks and am looking for recommendations for restaurants with extensive tasting menus - I prefer places with small courses but many of them (such as Guy Savoy's tasting menu in Vegas, Alinea's 20+ course menu in Chicago, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon's tasting menu), rather than places with 5-6 course tasting menus of bigger plates. From browsing the tasting menus of some of the city's "top" restaurants, it seems like many of them have the tasting menus with less courses. Can anyone recommend restaurants in NY that have 8-20+ course tasting menus (preferably 10+ plates) that are excellent/first-class? Prefer Manhattan but can be in the other boroughs. I've already been to WD-50 and had their 12 course menu, so not that. Am open to cuisine type. Thanks!

50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

  1. princeofpork Aug 25, 2010 12:32 PM

    Doesnt Alto do a tasting called The Whole Shebang with like 100 small plates?

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    1. re: princeofpork
      RGR Aug 25, 2010 12:37 PM

      I think you mean Alta.

      The Whole Shebang: $420 http://www.altarestaurant.com/?q=munchies


      1. re: princeofpork
        kathryn Aug 25, 2010 12:37 PM

        Alta, the tapas restaurant does that: the whole menu of tapas to share (not Alto, the Italian restaurant). But it's meant for a big group and it's not really a tasting menu.

      2. sgordon Aug 25, 2010 10:48 AM

        Some of these might be 7 courses - although once you include "unlisted" courses (amuses, profiteroles, sometimes pre-desserts, etc) the number could easily go over 8. So here's what I can remember that have fairly extensive tastings:

        Picholine ("Menu Royale")
        Tabla (X2 - one traditional, as a series of courses, the other served "family style")
        Colicchio & Sons
        Babbo (X2 - Traditional and Pasta)
        Del Posto
        The Modern
        Eleven Madison Park
        Marea ("Menu del Mare" - number of courses and price may vary)
        Kyo Ya ("Kaiseki" - order in advance)
        The Grocery (Brooklyn)
        L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (not so much a tasting menu, but easy to "make your own" using the small plates menu)

        ...and, if you have a truly unlimited budget, there's always Masa...

        Keep in mind that depending how long it's been, the WD-50 menu might be completely different than the last time you went. Or you could do what one 'hounder recently did and simply order every single item off their a la carte menu...

        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

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

        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

        L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
        57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        The Grocery
        288 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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

        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

        Colicchio & Sons
        85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

        1. daffyduck Aug 24, 2010 04:32 PM

          i believe 15 east has a 10 course tasting from the sushi chef and a 10 course tasting from the kitchen.

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          1. re: daffyduck
            daffyduck Aug 24, 2010 08:39 PM

            sorry. the tasting menus are 7 courses. the sushi and sashimi omakases are 10 pieces.

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            theOGbigguy Aug 23, 2010 05:04 PM

            Kyo Ya does an 8, 9 or 10 course Kaiseki that is delicious. You have to book a couple of days in advance. 8 is regular, 9 adds a sashimi course and 10 makes your grill plate more complicated and adds a caviar like course I believe.

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

            1. hcbk0702 Aug 23, 2010 04:24 PM

              NYC doesn't have any restaurants doing "avant-garde" cooking at a very high level (e.g. El Bulli, The Fat Duck, Alinea, but not wd~50), so 20+ course tasting menus are rare. In addition to the suggestions made above, Le Bernardin does have an 8 course tasting menu (and a separate 7 course one as well).

              If you make an advance request, all of the NYT 4 star/Michelin 3 star restaurants will be able to present a custom extended tasting menu.

              Le Bernardin
              155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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                RGR Aug 23, 2010 04:11 PM

                The standard menu at Per Se is 9 courses, but they may be willing to do more if an advance request is made.


                Daniel serves an 8-course tasting.



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                1. re: RGR
                  wreckers00 Aug 23, 2010 04:18 PM

                  I've heard of some people doing the extended tasting at Per Se.

                  Also Momofuku ko is definitely more than 8 courses and it's not that hard to get a reservation anymore

                  Per Se
                  10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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                  okaygo Aug 23, 2010 03:19 PM

                  degustation has a 10 course

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