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Need Recs for one big splurge Manhattan

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.

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  1. 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

    1. $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

        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

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

      2. $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

          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

            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. 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. re: thew

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

            2. 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. 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

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

                  163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

                  1. re: ellenost

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


                  2. re: gallegofoodie

                    Le Bernardin is currently closed for renovations.


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

                  3. 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 "MenĂ¹ 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

                      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

                        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.