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RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 08:56 AM

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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    nmprisons RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 09:05 AM

    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.

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

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      kathryn RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 09:10 AM

      Are you willing to do a prix fixe lunch?
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753248

      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:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/782361
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/781349
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809199

      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

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      Public
      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. sgordon RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 09:11 AM

        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

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          RGHelmcamp RE: sgordon Sep 27, 2011 09:15 AM

          Alcohol is not an issue, because were both 19.

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            sgordon RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 10:17 AM

            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.

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              RGHelmcamp RE: sgordon Sep 27, 2011 10:35 AM

              I'm good with a $60 menu!

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          Riverman500 RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 09:12 AM

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

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

          1. biondanonima RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 09:23 AM

            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.

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

            1. Wilfrid RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 10:20 AM

              Aldea is one of the few really notable restaurants in the city where you can stay in that budget. Just.

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              Aldea
              31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

              1. Cheeryvisage RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 10:54 AM

                I like The Modern Bar Room for French/Alsatian cuisine. It's one of my favorite restaurants.

                Aldea is also very good. Lovely Portuguese restaurant downtown.

                Ciano is another good option, well-liked for its Italian food.

                And, maybe Ma Peche, as well. Though, the restaurant is too "hip" to be called fine dining.

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

                Ciano
                45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

                Aldea
                31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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

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                  uwsister RE: Cheeryvisage Sep 28, 2011 12:25 AM

                  I think they would be leaving the Modern Bar Room pretty hungry to come in under $60 - but it could be that I'm a glutton ;)

                  If the OP is open for lunch, Del Posto is another option.

                  IMO you should definitely consider lunch - to come in under $60 at dinner at a fine-dining restaurant, you would not be able to get the restaurant's best/signature dishes in most cases. Sure, you could order plain green salad, chicken, and whatever (I'm making it up) and pay less than $60, but what's the point? Do fine-dining at lunch - many places serve same, if smaller-in-portion, dishes as dinner (e.g. Jean Georges) and charge a lot less. Go to some of the city's many, many casual, affordable, and delicious restaurants for dinner.

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                    Cheeryvisage RE: uwsister Sep 28, 2011 06:11 AM

                    lol. At The Modern Bar Room, I generally spend around $50 if I only drink water and I get stuffed. Then again, I do eat two pieces of bread because I like their mini-baguettes and butter. :)

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                      uwsister RE: Cheeryvisage Sep 28, 2011 11:47 PM

                      $50 including tip and tax? Wow - I wish I had that kind of restraint, ha. Thank goodness for high metabolism!

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                  rrems RE: RGHelmcamp Sep 27, 2011 03:20 PM

                  Great suggestions here. I would add La Silhouette.

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                  La Silhouette
                  362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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