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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...

Thanks,

Dan

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

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

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    Kittichai
    60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

    1. 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
      Tocquevile
      Gotham Bar and Grill
      Aldea
      SHO

      See also:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/tags/A...

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      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

      Aldea
      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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

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

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

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            1. re: ellenost

              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

                I just wish their wines were less marked up.

                1. re: buttertart

                  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

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

              2. re: ellenost

                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.

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

                Bouley
                163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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

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

                1. 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.

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

                  Convivio
                  45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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                  1. re: Riverman500

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

                    1. re: Danada

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

                      1. re: Danada

                        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:

                        http://i.imgur.com/Q0qj7.jpg

                    2. 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

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

                        1. re: pizzajunkie

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

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

                          1. re: pizzajunkie

                            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.

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

                            1. re: hcbk0702

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

                              1. re: peter j

                                Sure, it's available for lunch as well.

                          2. re: tjdnewyork

                            Personally, I prefer to drink quality over quantity.

                            1. re: tjdnewyork

                              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?

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

                              1. re: buttertart

                                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. 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.

                              https://www.villagevines.com/member/e...

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

                              Nougatine
                              1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

                              1. 32 for jean georges
                                del posto
                                bar boulud
                                aldea
                                cafe boulud
                                vouley
                                nougatine
                                http://teenchefteddy.blogspot.com/

                                1. Le Bernadin is a great deal.
                                  www.shrinkinthekitchen.com

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

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                                    Marea
                                    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                                    1. 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

                                        Yes - had it a couple of Saturdays ago.

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

                                        1. 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
                                          Ciano
                                          Tocqueville
                                          Aldea
                                          ABC Kitchen
                                          RIverpark

                                          ...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.

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

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

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

                                          Ciano
                                          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

                                          Aldea
                                          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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

                                          Riverpark
                                          450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016