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Sep 27, 2011 08:56 AM

Affordable fine dining in Manhattan.

My friend and I are going to New York in October, and we are looking for a really great place to eat a nice dinner around $60 a person. I'd prefer a three course meal for around that price, and we're definitely open for prix fixed menus. I just want a memorable place with AMAZING food. Any suggestions?

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  1. Why not do lunch? Assuming your $60 includes tax, tip, and drink, it is going to be really hard to have "AMAZING food" at a "fine dining" restaurant "in Manhattan" for that price. At lunch, you could do Jean Georges and have a great experience.

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

    1. Are you willing to do a prix fixe lunch?

      I don't think you'll get NYT four star, excellent, blow you out of the water good, fine dining at that price but you can get some excellent meals ordering a la carte. Usually when people write 'fine dining' they mean places like Jean Georges, Daniel, The Modern, Le Bernardin, Per Se, etc.

      Some similar threads with good ideas:

      Some prix fixe options:
      - Public's Sunday supper is only $50pp.
      - Marc Forgione has a similar Sunday supper deal, I think $39 for three courses.
      - Torrisi has a nightly $50pp prix fixe but it's not really fine dining

      210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      Marc Forgione
      134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

      Torrisi Italian Specialties
      250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

      1. It's doable. It may not be "white-tablecloth" fine dining but you can certainly have a decent meal.

        But it depends - does $60 include tax & tip? $60 pre-t/t is around $45 menu price. And what about drinks? A glass of wine can knock ten bucks off that, easily

        3 Replies
        1. re: sgordon

          Alcohol is not an issue, because were both 19.

          1. re: RGHelmcamp

            What about tax & tip? Are you including that in the $60? There's a big difference in options between a $45 menu price and a $60 one.

        2. La Grenouille has a three-course pre-theater menu for $60.

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

          1. We just had a really wonderful dinner at Tocqueville - you might check out that menu. They offer a $55 "greenmarket" three-course prix-fixe, or you could possibly stay under $60 (before tip and tax) if you ordered carefully from the regular menu and split a dessert. They also do a $44 pre-theatre 3-course menu.

            1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003