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Need Recs for one big splurge Manhattan

gallegofoodie Aug 16, 2011 07:17 AM

We are three foodies spending one week in NYC and our one big splurge is closed for renovation (Le Bernadin) and now we are looking for another one. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Will be in town from Aug 17 to 24. We are pretty adventurous eaters (omnivorous) but no molecular gastronomy recs please. We're looking for prix fixe menu in the range of $50-$70 per person (please let me know if I am dreaming at that price range...) Thanks.

  1. sgordon Aug 16, 2011 10:45 AM

    Lunch prix fixes that would fit your budget:

    The Modern ($55 for 2 + dessert, $70 for 3 + dessert)

    Gramercy Tavern (a la carte, but around $60 at most for 3 courses)

    Bouley (Tasting, $55)

    Jean Georges ($16 per course, minimum two - 4 courses for $64)

    Also of note is the lunch prix fixe at Del Posto - only $29, worth doing on a non-splurge day. Only three courses (but with lots of freebies: amuses, mignardaises, etc) but you can add a course to go "full Italian" (antipasti, pasta, secondi, dolci) and come in under your budget. Their 7-course "Menù Tradizionale" is $75 at lunch, just a wee bit over your price range but perhaps worth considering.


    Mas (Farmhouse) ($68, 3 courses)

    Nougatine ($68, 5 courses)

    Gramercy Tavern (Summer 5-course Tasting, $58)

    Falai (4 courses, $65)

    Telepan (4 courses, $59)

    Kajitsu - vegetarian, yes, but kind of extraordinary, like no other vegetarian you've ever had. Grant Achatz is a big fan, FWIW. ($50 for 6 course tasting, $70 10-12 courses)

    SHO Shaun Hergatt (tiny bit over your budget - $75, three courses)

    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

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

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

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

    The Modern
    9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

    68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    Mas (Farmhouse)
    39 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

    414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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

    163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

    1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: sgordon
      peter j Aug 16, 2011 11:17 AM

      At Jean Georges, lunch is now priced at $38 for two savory courses ($16 for each additional course). Desserts are $8.

      At La Grenouille, you can have two lunch courses for $45, and three for $60.

      At Marea, you can have two lunch courses for $42. Desserts are $12 - $14.

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

      1. re: sgordon
        RGR Aug 16, 2011 11:36 AM

        In addition to the regular $75 prix-fixe, SHO Shaun Hergatt is participating in the extended RW at dinner, including Saturday. So, 3 courses for $35.


      2. g
        gallegofoodie Aug 16, 2011 08:53 AM

        I did some pre-trip research and I read that Le Bernadin had $70 prix fixe lunch menu and $150 dinner menu. Thanks to all for the great suggestions.

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        1. re: gallegofoodie
          ellenost Aug 16, 2011 10:59 AM

          You should also consider Bouley for their $55 prix fixe lunch.

          163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: ellenost
            uhockey Aug 16, 2011 04:48 PM

            This is the best suggestion of the thread, IMO, in that price range.


          2. re: gallegofoodie
            RGR Aug 16, 2011 11:30 AM

            Le Bernardin is currently closed for renovations.


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

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            filet_minion Aug 16, 2011 08:03 AM

            If you're willing to dine early, La Grenouille offers a pre theater menu for $60. Picholine also offers a pre-theater menu for $78.

            SHO Shaun Hergatt offers a three course prix fixe of $75 during their dinner service.

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

            La Grenouille
            3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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

            1. thew Aug 16, 2011 07:58 AM


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              1. re: thew
                thegforceny Aug 16, 2011 08:05 AM

                Ding ding ding. We have a winner! Great dining, and both tasting menus fit the OP's budget!

              2. Kashei Aug 16, 2011 07:56 AM

                Hard to find something in that range. I'd splurge on Marea, personally, but it's a $91 4-course prix-fixe.

                240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

                1. t
                  thegforceny Aug 16, 2011 07:47 AM

                  $50-70 is far from a splurge in NYC; and with one day's notice?! Maybe try Tocqueville for lunch. I had a great one just last week.

                  This active thread may give you some ideas for dinner for $100.


                  1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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                  1. re: thegforceny
                    teezeetoo Aug 16, 2011 07:54 AM

                    Higher than your price range but really worth it:: The Modern at MOMA. Check on line, I think the prix fixe is 90.00

                    1. re: teezeetoo
                      thegforceny Aug 16, 2011 07:57 AM

                      There are perhaps a dozen great options that are ABOVE their price range: Per Se, Marea, EMP, Del Posto, MASA,, etc. That doesn't really help the OP.

                  2. k
                    kathryn Aug 16, 2011 07:42 AM

                    $70pp before tax and tip is low for the really top tier places in NYC (Daniel, Jean George, Le B, etc).

                    Since you're coming tomorrow, book NOW. These places tend to book up quickly--more like a few weeks in advance. For example, EMP is fully booked for dinner on OpenTable on the 17th-20th, and is closed Sundays. You could do Monday at 6:15pm. After that, their next opening is in September.

                    Gutsofsteel has a great suggestion--for you to do a fancy lunch instead. EMP is a good choice. They are only open for weekday lunch, though. I checked OpenTable and they are fully booked for lunch this week but you could walk in and dine in the bar area. Or try for a Monday or Tuesday slot. Book ASAP if you are interested.

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                    1. re: kathryn
                      kathryn Aug 16, 2011 08:06 AM

                      Here are some excellent restaurants w/ a la carte options around $70pp:
                      Scarpetta - book on OpenTable, I see a handful of early and late tables left
                      Bar Room at the Modern - book on OpenTable, good number of prime time tables left
                      Aldea - book on OpenTable, I see a handful of primetime tables left, up until Friday but not Saturday, closed Sundays
                      Kyo Ya - call to reserve, and to stay in your price range don't get the kaiseki
                      Degustation - call to reserve, they have a 5 course for $55 and a 10 course for $80, book ASAP as it's a tiny space

                      The Modern
                      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

                      239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

                      Kyo Ya
                      94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

                      31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

                      1. re: kathryn
                        Ricky Aug 16, 2011 08:59 AM

                        Many restaurants only reserve a percentage of available seats for opentable, I would call by phone anyway.

                    2. g
                      gutsofsteel Aug 16, 2011 07:23 AM

                      Le Bernardin would have been out of your price range.

                      If I were you I would do lunch at Eleven Madison Park.

                      Eleven Madison Park
                      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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

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