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Awesome meal $75 per person or less for Foodies

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My foodie friend is coming to visit and i want to take her to dinner in a great place, with great ambiance, great food and about $75 a person with a drink (tops). I have reservations at Prune and Perilla, I made a tentative res at Ma Pache but i think it will be too expensive (how $$$ is ma peche?)...any suggestions?

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9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

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    ABC Kitchen
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    1. I think you could eat pretty well at Ma Peche for that price. Perilla will likely be just as much. All three are good spots, but Ma Peche and Perilla feel more "special" to me than Prune.

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      Perilla
      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

      Prune
      54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

      Ma Peche
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

      1. I know you said dinner, but if you want good food at a not killer price - lunch. You pretty much can eat anywhere except for the Masa or Per Se level in NY.

        Not sure what you mean by foodie (local vs luxury cooking, for example) but $75 can get you a decent experience pretty much anywhere, excluding tasting menus.

        I'm sorry if this ain't too helpful. Yuba (sushi) and Tori Shin (yakitori) for Japanese, Lupa or Peasant (Italian) - might be too loud if you are thinking fine dining ambiance, La Petite Auberge (French). It's not that easy to narrow suggestions based on your description.

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        La Petite Auberge
        116 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        Peasant
        194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

        Yuba
        105 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. Does $75 include tax and tip (in addition to the food and 1 cocktail)? When is this dinner?

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          1. re: kathryn

            Tax not tip...May 14..Saturday.

            1. re: petuniafromhell

              OK for $75 including tax means about $69 for food and one cocktail. So about $55 for just food. I think you'll be in your price range at Ma Peche. Here's their menu ranges from the FAQs page:

              small dishes $9-16
              large dishes $26-29
              lunch prix fixe $25
              dinner prix fixe $50-60
              corkage $45

              Perilla and Prune have better ambiance though. Ma Peche is subterranean and also with very high ceilings.

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              Perilla
              9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

              Ma Peche
              15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          2. What Happens When is my pick... Jon Fraser's pop-up changes menu/concept/decor monthly and it's $59 for the prix fixe menu (including an amuse)... Been 2 months now both different menus and I think it's a great value...

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            What Happens When
            25 Cleveland Pl, New York, NY 10012