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Reading the boards, I have noticed a number of places do a lunch deal that is much ,ore reasonable than dinner( bouley, Tocqueville, .......) . What lunch deals do you think are the best in the city for value and quality? This would be for a birthday lunch. Willing to spend $35-50 per person plus tax, tip and drinks.......

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Jean-Georges Nougatine. Lovely food, light airy space. Fanatastic deal (tho if you are a big eater you may find the portions on the small side - were perfect for me). Would have been worth the $$ just for the perfect warm shrimp salad.

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    Nougatine
    1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

    4 Replies
    1. re: LisaZee

      Bouley's $45 5-course lunch tasting menu is an excellent value, and from recent reports, has wonderful food and service. I've only had dinner at Bouley, and have always loved it.

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      Bouley
      163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

      1. re: ellenost

        Both of those look great! any other ideas?

        1. re: sesasheep

          Sho Shaun Hergatt has a nice one, 3 courses and a bottomless glass of wine if you wish.

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

          1. re: sesasheep

            Jean Georges
            Picholine
            Lincoln
            Tocqueville

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

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

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

            Lincoln
            142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

      2. Jean-Georges (2-course $32 prix-fixe + assorted amuse bouches and complementary dessert bites, $16 for additional course)
        (this is for the main dining room, not Nougatine)
        1 Central Park West (60th street) (212) 299-3900

        Bouley (5-course $36 prix fixe lunch)
        163 Duane St (Hudson, 2 blocks above Chamber) (212) 964-2525

        Gotham Bar & Grill (2-course $24 prix fixe lunch, + $7 for dessert)
        12 East 12th Street (east of 5th ave) (212) 620-4020

        Picholine (2-course $28 prix fixe lunch, $12 for additional course)
        35 W. 64th St. (just west Central Park West, east of Broadway) (212) 724-8585

        Convivio (2-course $32 prix fixe lunch, $12 for additional course)
        45 Tudor City Place (1st ave & 42nd street) (212) 599-5045

        L’Ecole at French Culinary Institute (3-course $28 prix fixe lunch)
        462 Broadway (south of Broome, north of Grand) (212) 219-3300

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

        L'Ecole
        462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: film_score

          Nice list, but fyi Bouley now charges $45 for the lunch tasting menu, and Convivio has closed.

          1. re: H Manning

            Ok, so I have narrowed it down to 4 choices. Bouley, Jean Georges, Picholine, and Gotham. Out of those 4, which one is going to give us the best experience. This is a birthday lunch so looking for something special. I think we are leaning twoards Bouley but am still open to feedback.....

            Thanks for all of your help!

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

            1. re: sesasheep

              I've dined at all four of the restaurants, and I would choose Bouley. To me, Bouley provides the best combination of food, service and value. Enjoy!

              1. re: sesasheep

                We went to Picholine for lunch a month back and it's a very staid scene. Service wasn't what I would call friendly. The food was fine, but the whole experience was somewhat depressing.

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

                1. re: sesasheep

                  The lunch tasting menu at Bouley is terrific. I love Jean Georges and Picholine too but you'll get fewer courses for your budget. I haven't been to Gotham in a while.

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

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