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Weekday Lunch - Finally have the opportunity and want to take advantage!

Since I'm off on Monday, I am going to take advantage and go for a nice lunch. So far I have a reservation at David Burke Townhouse - any other options I should consider with prix fixe lunch specials (restaurant week or otherwise) in the $24.07-$40 range?

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  1. We've never been to DB Townhouse, so I can't comment. But Tocqueville is one of our favorite, and they offer a $24.07 3-course lunch year round, plus a wine pairing for $15. We've done many of them and they are always excellent -- a steal for cuisine of such high caliber. Service is pleasant and professional, and the space is one of the most beautiful and elegant in the city.

    Tocqueville photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

    1. I think Jean-George is out of the mix now that the two-course is now ~$32. Del Posto would be my top choice at ~$29 for 3 courses and ~$10 each additional course.

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

      1. I second Tocqueville and another option is Bouley with a 5 course tasting menu for $36.

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        1. re: ukitali

          I highly recommend Bouley. Food is wonderful, and the room is beautiful. $36 for a multi-course tasting menu is a bargain!

          1. re: ellenost

            Actually, Bouley for lunch is great too. They gave me an additional app and dessert, which was extremely generous.

            1. re: deepfry7

              I definitely need to try the lunch (I've only had dinner at Bouley). Scheduled to return to Bouley for dinner in 2 weeks.

              1. re: ellenost

                That's funny, ellenost. We've only been there once, and it was lunch on a Sunday. I left my camera home since photos were taken by one of our dining companions with skills far superior to mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ulterior...

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              2. re: deepfry7

                The last time I was at Bouley for lunch, they also gave each of us a delicious citrus pound cake to take home. I hope they are still doing that.

                1. re: deepfry7

                  My wife's Birthday and our anniversary is on New Year's eve. We always go out for lunch to avoid the crowds at dinner. This year we chose Bouley and had one of the best NYE lunch experiences yet. We especially loved the crab and truffle flan, the garlic soup, the venison, the duck and the prune and Armagnac ice cream. The only miss was the roasted asparagus with Comte foam-- not bad, just not as spectacular as the rest of our choices. Be prepared for lots of extras and schedule appropriate time to digest and not rush through things.

                  A table near us had a whole roast chicken resting on a bed of hay that came out in a glass pot-- the lid of the pot was sealed with bread dough that baked while the chicken was roasting. To serve the chicken the waiter cut the bread into slices to release the lid and carved the chicken table side. The aroma that lifting off the lid produced was exquisite. Anyone know what that dish was? I looked on the menu online and could not find anything like it.

                2. re: ellenost

                  I'll add that Bouley's lunch is a ridiculous deal.

                  1. re: uwsister

                    I presume you mean "ridiculous" in a good way.

                    1. re: ellenost

                      i agree that Bouley is an incredible option, but it's worth noting that they offer the same special on Saturdays.

                      i would include Seasonal as an option. they offer a three course lunch at $27.

                      1. re: coasts

                        Wow, I didn't know the prix-fixe was offered also on Saturdays. Thanks, that's good to know.

                        Now, is it also available on Sundays as well? Or was RGR's lunch a la carte?

                        1. re: uwsgrazer

                          actually, they're closed on Sunday. i believe RGR was just mistaken.

                          1. re: coasts

                            Actually, Bouley used to be open on Sundays. I don't know when they changed their schedule to only 6 days.

                            1. re: ellenost

                              then that explains it!

                              1. re: coasts

                                coasts, Our Sunday lunch at Bouley was in 2009, and we did the $36 tasting. Until you mentioned it, I wasn't aware that they were no longer open on Sunday.

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                      2. re: ellenost

                        Oh yeah, I totally mean it in a good way. Sorry, English is my second and a half language.

                3. Cafe Boulud is outstanding, and I think the prix fixe is $35.

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

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                  1. re: jaba

                    Although Cafe Boulud is an excellent restaurant, I think their prix fixe lunch is a bit disappointing.

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

                    1. re: Nancy S.

                      I agree. Picholine or Tocqueville would be better for lunch prix fixe.

                  2. Bouley just changed their fixed price lunch this week. It is now $45. We tried Jean-George for Saturday lunch and much preferred our restaurant week dinner at the bar at the modern. How was your lunch? Where did you decide to go?

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                    1. re: lacontessa

                      Bummer! It looks simply to be a price-hike, right? Or are there any more dishes or elaborate offerings to go with the higher price? I'm not familiar enough with past prix-fixe menus to be able to tell.

                      1. re: uwsgrazer

                        Never been to Bouley's so can't tell. It was frustrating since it changed just this week--checked earlier this week and it still was the same price. Checked last night and it is now $45.

                        1. re: lacontessa

                          Frustrating is right. We're taking a party of five there next weekend.

                          Argh!

                          1. re: coasts

                            lacontessa, I know, I know! I looked earlier this week and was thinking of taking advantage of the deal, after it got mentioned earlier in this thread.

                            coasts, that is a pity, but hope you'll still have a nice time with your group!

                        2. re: uwsgrazer

                          From their website, it appears that there is a greater selection for each course (including Dover Sole for the main course, and a choice of cheeses instead of a sweet dessert). Even at $45, a 5 course tasting menu is still a great value.

                          1. re: ellenost

                            How are portion sizes? Fairly generous, or do you think those with heartier appetites may leave a bit hungry?

                            1. re: uwsgrazer

                              I've never gone to Bouley at lunch, but the portion sizes at the dinner tasting menu are very generous. I have a healthy appetite, and I am usually too full for dessert (but I push myself since the desserts at Bouley are delicious!).

                              1. re: uwsgrazer

                                You won't leave hungry. The portion sizes are more than adequate for lunch, and they usually supplement the tasting menu with hors d'oeuvres, an additional course, petit fours, and take home items.

                                1. re: uwsgrazer

                                  Wow, that's cheaper than Degustation, which is now $55 and doesn't come with extras!

                                2. re: ellenost

                                  "Even at $45, a 5 course tasting menu is still a great value."

                                  Definitely, especially considering all the extras that come with it.

                                  1. re: H Manning

                                    I've not been for several years, but my recollection is that the prix fixe at lunch was a great value, and one that I would have happily paid $45 for.