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?
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.
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023
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 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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Torrisi Italian Specialties
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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
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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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.