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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.

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

    1. 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. 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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        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.

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          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.

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

            1. 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. 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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                1. re: Cheeryvisage

                  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.

                  1. re: uwsister

                    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. :)

                    1. re: Cheeryvisage

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

                2. Great suggestions here. I would add La Silhouette.

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