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Danada Dec 13, 2010 06:15 PM

Hi there,

Last time I went to New York (about 5 years ago) a lot of the best restaurant in town seemed to have some great 3 course lunches available in the $20-35 range. I haven't been able to find a list of places that offer such deals currently. Can anyone help me out with some recommendations? Preferably somewhere that has great food and looks pretty fancy.

Also, can someone explain the current situation at Jean Georges with respect to their prix fixe lunch? The website doesn't exactly make it clear...



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

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    rrems Dec 13, 2010 07:19 PM

    Kittichai has a great 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $20, or $32 with wine pairings. Can't beat it.

    60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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      kathryn Dec 13, 2010 08:03 PM

      The Jean George two course lunch is the same was it was before, just $32 now.

      Unfortunately, EMP appears to be out of the equation now with their new menu system.

      Other prix fixe lunches:

      Del Posto
      Gotham Bar and Grill

      See also:

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

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

      Gotham Bar and Grill
      12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

      1. MMRuth Dec 14, 2010 03:22 AM

        I was at Cafe Boulud this weekend and I think the three course option was $35 - 38? There was also a two course option.

        Cafe Boulud
        20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

        1. boredough Dec 14, 2010 03:35 AM

          You may be thinking of NY's Restaurant week(s), which will be from Jan 24 - Feb 6. Check out www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek - maybe it fits into your schedule. For participating restaurants, lunch will be $24.07 and dinner $35.00. (Some of the restaurants already mentioned offer $24.07 lunches all year. )

          1. ellenost Dec 14, 2010 05:58 AM

            Bouley has a wonderful multi-course lunch for $36.

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            1. re: ellenost
              coasts Dec 26, 2010 05:37 AM

              agreed. i know you are a big supporter of Bouley, so I'm not surprised to see your post. i've only been once, but echo your sentiment. i can't imagine a better value. if there is one, i'd like to go tomorrow.

              1. re: coasts
                buttertart Dec 26, 2010 07:47 AM

                I just wish their wines were less marked up.

                1. re: buttertart
                  coasts Dec 26, 2010 07:55 AM

                  having been at EMP two days earlier, we were feeling especially cost conscious and skipped drinks altogether. i didn't even look!

                  1. re: coasts
                    buttertart Dec 26, 2010 07:58 AM

                    Nothing is cheap, believe me. Food is very good and we just can't eat like that without wine.

              2. re: ellenost
                coasts Nov 23, 2011 01:14 PM

                FWIW, Bouley is now $55 for lunch. it's no longer the best deal in Manhattan. I'd choose Del Posto over Bouley at this point.

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

                163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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                City Kid Dec 14, 2010 06:04 AM

                The Post House (steak house with good fish options) has an every day $24.07 prix fixe lunch, $30 with a glass of wine.

                Post House
                28 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

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                  Riverman500 Dec 14, 2010 08:26 AM

                  Picholine has a prix fixe lunch for $28, two courses, $12 for each additional course.

                  Convivio has a prix fixe lunch for $32, two courses, $12 for each additional course.

                  But I think Bouley, suggested by Ellenost, is the best deal in town - $36 for a five course lunch tasting menu, plus many extras.

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

                  45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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                  1. re: Riverman500
                    Danada Dec 15, 2010 12:20 PM

                    Thanks for the help. I think we might give Bouley a go. Are reservations easy?

                    1. re: Danada
                      Riverman500 Dec 15, 2010 12:30 PM

                      Yes, Bouley is an easy reservation for lunch. I just checked Opentable and there are several openings for lunch tomorrow. Enjoy!

                      1. re: Danada
                        coasts Dec 26, 2010 05:44 AM

                        danada, i first went to Bouley on Riverman's recommendation and have been singing its praises ever since. the tuna sashimi starter set things off right for me:


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                      tjdnewyork Dec 15, 2010 08:34 PM

                      I really like the lunch deal at Perry St.: $26 I think for two dishes, plus an amuse bouche and a dessert. They used to also offer a bottle of wine for $20 but that's gone.

                      If you're looking to drink a lot at lunch (and who isn't?) SHO has a "bottomless" glass of wine at lunch for $10. Not the best wine but you can't beat the price. The average age of the customers at lunch is about 74, if that's a concern.

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                      1. re: tjdnewyork
                        pizzajunkie Dec 16, 2010 09:26 AM

                        doesn't le bernadin also have a lunch prix fixe?

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                          fm1963 Dec 16, 2010 09:33 AM

                          Yes. The lunch prix fixe at Le Bernardin is $70, a bit pricier than the other options mentioned on this thread.

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

                          1. re: pizzajunkie
                            hcbk0702 Dec 16, 2010 09:45 AM

                            As mentioned above, Le Bernardin's $70 lunch is a much pricier than the others. It doesn't fit the OP's price range.

                            That said, I think it's far and away the best fine dining lunch option in NYC, especially since nearly all of the dishes on the dinner menu are available for lunch, unaltered and unsimplified.

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

                            1. re: hcbk0702
                              peter j Dec 16, 2010 09:48 AM

                              Hcbk, is it possible to request the Laiskonis egg at lunch?

                              1. re: peter j
                                hcbk0702 Dec 16, 2010 09:51 AM

                                Sure, it's available for lunch as well.

                          2. re: tjdnewyork
                            gutsofsteel Dec 26, 2010 05:49 AM

                            Personally, I prefer to drink quality over quantity.

                            1. re: tjdnewyork
                              buttertart Jan 17, 2011 05:34 AM

                              Is it really a bottomless glass (not that I'd find out, I do have limits) or do you have to trip the waiter for refills he obviously begrudges as you do in a number of places serving "unlimited" drinks?

                              SHO Shaun Hergatt
                              40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

                              1. re: buttertart
                                buttertart Jan 17, 2011 03:57 PM

                                Answered my own question today - very nice lunch, great service, and the wineglass was never empty. The Burgundy they're serving is very solid. Excellent value as well.

                            2. Rmis32 Dec 26, 2010 04:50 AM

                              While not prix fixe, Village Vines offers many 25% or 30% discounts on some good restaurants. Also, Nougatine, occupying the adjoining space to Jean George and using the same kitchen, though not the same menu, offers a less expensive prix fixe lunch.


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

                              1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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                                tldmatrix Dec 26, 2010 05:25 AM

                                32 for jean georges
                                del posto
                                bar boulud
                                cafe boulud

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                                  scotty27 Dec 26, 2010 05:49 AM

                                  Le Bernadin is a great deal.

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                                    atievsky Feb 8, 2011 07:17 PM

                                    Marea 2 course lunch $42. Not cheap but still a deal at this temple.

                                    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                                    1. coasts Feb 8, 2011 07:40 PM

                                      Seasonal offers a three course lunch for $27. i wish they'd refresh it more often, but it's definitely worth trying.

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                                      1. re: coasts
                                        MMRuth Feb 9, 2011 03:03 AM

                                        Yes - had it a couple of Saturdays ago.

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                                        oceans Feb 9, 2011 04:08 AM

                                        Restaurant Week was extended and is a great way to try prix fixe lunch or dinner at several good restaurants.

                                        1. janethepain Nov 23, 2011 08:25 PM

                                          I was/am looking for the exact same type of deal, and it turns out that a lot of these values are gone. Bouley was amazing at $35-45, but for $55, it's just way above what I'm looking for. Jean Georges is $38 for two courses now (was great at $28, though we always wondered how they made any money considering all the extras).

                                          So far, the lowest-priced, best bang for the buck deals I've found are at:
                                          Del Posto
                                          ABC Kitchen

                                          ...but a lot of the mains are choices between straightforward roast chicken/hanger steak or vegetarian dish, which is a bit boring to me :(. I'm trying out Ciano on Friday. RIverpark sounds like it's a great deal, 3 courses for $29 and we've enjoyed the food the two times we've been there.

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

                                          1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

                                          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

                                          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

                                          ABC Kitchen
                                          35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

                                          450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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