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Jan 24, 2011 07:59 AM

Reasonable tasting menu options

Is there such a thing? Can one find tasting menus in NYC for say around $50 person? Not fussy on type of food or Manhattan location but I would love to try my first tasting menu in NYC.

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  1. Telepan does a 4 course tasting for $55 or a 5 course tasting for $65 (I haven't tried it, I'm afraid, but the food there is generally very good)

    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

    1. For sure! I just had a fabulous tasting lunch at Bouley for only $36! It was excellent. Great food, service and atmophere. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

      For dinner I would suggest the $50 tasting at Degustation. It's also fabulous and very small and intimate where you watch the chef prepare everthing right in front of you while you sit at the bar.

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      1. re: roze

        The price has risen to $55 BTW.

        1. re: roze

          Degustation is a good choice. Mehtaphor is reasonable. Several japanese restaurants have reasonable omakase,

          130 Duane St, New York, NY 10007

        2. Torrisi Italian Specialities has a $50 menu each night that changes. It's a tiny place and they don't take reservations but it's worth a shot

          1. Of course there's restaurant week...

            1. When you say tasting menu, how many courses are you thinking? Most places that offer 5+ courses will cost more than $50. But if you are OK with a 3 or 4 course prix fixe, that's more doable for the price you have given.

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              1. re: kathryn

                I would def pay a little more to get the ideal meal. I noticed some of the dishes on some of the recommendations are pretty out there. I would eat anything but my girl friend is less adventerous when it comes to food and would prefer a little more conventional. This may be a tall order but the Italian place would be interesting or anything like that.

                1. re: Yamchargers

                  What do you mean "some of the recommendations are pretty out there"? Most tasting menus are going to include a variety of things, some of which you may not like. If you are at all a picky eater, I wouldn't recommend a tasting menu.

                  1. re: loratliff

                    Ever get the feeling that some people cant read a whole post even if it is only 3 sentences long?

                    Anyway specifically the octupus tentacle (Degustation) is not something that everyone is going to be okay with. Still if thats the worst thing and its only one course in that range then more tentacle for me. All I am saying is that an Italian tasting menu with a couple pastas etc would be a little safer. I realize there are risks inherent to a tasting menu.

                    1. re: Yamchargers

                      Hey, you don't have to be rude. People are trying to help you with your (fairly difficult) request.

                      As someone else mentioned, there is Torrisi, which isn't exactly a tasting menu, but it fits your budget and your pasta/Italian requirement.

                      I think you would be much better off putting off a few $50 meals for a few months and saving for a real tasting menu. It will be more enjoyable and give you the full experience of a tasting, rather than just appetizer, entree, dessert like so many in your current budget will be.

                      1. re: loratliff

                        Yeah, I do think the OP's tone just depressed the number of responses he's going to get.

                      2. re: Yamchargers

                        Most places will gladly do substitutions -- this is commonly done for people with allergies, vegetarians, etc. I know Torrisi won't though. For example, tonight's menu on their site says it has a mussel dish, a liver dish, and spaghetti di mare which may contain other seafood items she doesn't like.

                        If your dining companion is more picky about food, it's best to state that at the very beginning, in the first post you made. What other kinds of foods does she not eat? The more specific the better.

                        1. re: Yamchargers

                          I find it's best not to accuse people of not reading, especially if these are the same people from who you seek help.

                          1. re: kathryn


                            Also try Bohemian, Hakata Ton Ton

                            1. re: i8NYC

                              If octopus is a problem, Hakata Ton Ton may not be ideal (pig's feet tasting). Degustation is the best bet. Torrisi is not serving a tasting menu - a prix fixe dinner is something different.

                              The Bouley lunch is a remarkable deal, although it's not really a tasting menu either.

                              1. re: Wilfrid

                                The $36 Bouley lunch is definitely a tasting menu; take a look at their website.

                                1. re: ellenost

                                  It's four courses with multiple options... That still seems more like a prix fixe than a tasting menu, IMO.

                                  1. re: loratliff

                                    No, a 4-course menu is actually a tasting menu--even the Bouley website refers to it as a "Tasting Menu". Prix fixe is typically a 3-course meal (first course, main course and dessert). Bouley also offers an a la carte menu