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Tasting menu for our one dinner in New York - that won't break the bank

We'll be in town for my husband's birthday dinner in November. For my special dinner years ago, we went did the tasting menu at Daniel and loved it but this year $$ is tight so Per Se is out of the question. We're looking for a tasting menu that is something special but we'd like to keep it under $300 total. Location can be anywhere in Manhattan, though Midtown would be easier. Thanks for your help!

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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  1. So $150pp including tax and tip? What's about wine/drinks? It's best to give a cost for just food when asking for recommendations. There's a pretty big difference between $150pp before tax/tip and $150pp after tax/tip.

    Does it have to be a tasting menu or can it be a 3-4 course prix fixe? Are you willing to consider lunch?

    Preferred cuisines? Sounds like you like French and American from your post, what about Italian? Japanese?

    When is the dinner exactly? It helps to know how far in advance you're planning. Also many upscale restaurants are not open Sundays.

    1. Jack Luxury's Oyster Bar is downtown, but pretty good value. Probably not with the luxury pampering you might want. Though it is on the intimate side, if you want something cozy and romantic.

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      Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar
      101 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. Tocqueville's 5 course tasting menu is $110.

        SHO Shaun Hergatt's 5 course menu is $85 (and 35% off if you book through Savored). I haven't been there is a while but Michelin recently upgraded SHO to two stars.

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

        SHO Shaun Hergatt
        40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

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        1. re: H Manning

          oops - I meant 30% off through Savored.

          1. re: H Manning

            I would second Tocqueville but not SHO. We were extremely disappointed in our meal there a couple of months ago. Tocqueville, on the other hand, was absolutely delightful - excellent food and service.

          2. I recommend Babbo. You can do either the regular tasting menu or the pasta tasting menu. Easily under $150/pp including wine and delicious.

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            Babbo
            110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

            1. Would you consider lunch? Jean Georges does a $98 6-course tasting menu during lunch that's wonderful. I recently had it and photos can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheeryvi... .

              Do you like Japanese? Maybe high-end Japanese like kaiseki? Kyo Ya and Sugiyama are both fantastic, I hear. Kyo Ya has a 8-course tasting at $95 and 10-course tasting at $120. Sugiyama (incidentally, in Midtown) has a lot more menu options at various price points; the menu can be found here: http://www.sugiyama-nyc.com/menu.html

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

              Sugiyama
              251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

              Kyo Ya
              94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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              1. re: Cheeryvisage

                Thanks for sharing your Jean Georges photos. Everything looked great (particularly the skate!).

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

                1. re: bcsuka

                  Thanks for the compliment. I think the lunch tasting menu at Jean Georges is a great deal. I believe it always includes the Caviar Egg (a signature dish), which carries a $30 supplement on the regular menu.

              2. Felidia is also pretty nice. Closer to Midtown. It's fancy and friendly without being stuffy or high end pampered luxury fancy.

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                Felidia
                243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

                1. But before we get into that... how much do you drink? $300 before tax/tip is about $115/pp. If you're going to drink, say, three glasses of wine through your meal, that could easily knock $35 - $45 off that initial price, so we're looking at tastings around $70 - $80 just to be safe. That rules out pretty much all the above suggestions, except maybe Babbo - and that's IF you can get a reservation and IF you limit yourselves to maybe two glasses of wine to stretch through the meal. It rules out a lot of the higher end 3 or 4 course prix fixes as well - which, with all the amuses and pre-desserts and mignardaises that are de riguer at high-end joints at this point, come off like tasting menus anyway. Not that you couldn't eat well for $300 - you could have a spectacular meal. Just not at Daniel, Jean Georges, etc. But I can't really make suggestions until we know if wine is to be included in the $300...

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                  Babbo
                  110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

                  1. I absolutely agree with the suggestion of SHO Shaun Hergatt. 5 courses for $85 less 30% if booked through savored.com can't be beat.

                    Consider also Betel on Broome St., which offers a variety of pan-Asian tasting menus from $40-70.

                    Sugiyama is also a great choice.

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                    Sugiyama
                    251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                    SHO Shaun Hergatt
                    40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

                    Betel
                    51 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

                    1. The best deal I have had on a dinner tasting menu in NYC was at Lincoln Ristorante in March. The 7 course was 85$ at the time.

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                      Lincoln
                      142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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                      1. re: nextguy

                        Pretty sure the tasting at Lincoln is around $110 - $120 now.

                        1. re: nextguy

                          The tasting menu is NOT printed on the regular menu and is currently $110, but that price is accurate as of a few weeks ago...ie, subject to change without notice.

                        2. The tasting menu for Gotham Bar and grill $110 and is terrifico.

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                          Gotham Bar and Grill
                          12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003