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No more three course menu at SHO Shaun Hergatt

First time I visited SHO Shaun Hergatt was in 2009, when it just opened.
Then I had lunch few months ago, and tonight was my third visit.

If I compare dinners only, first of all SHO does not offer the three course menu any longer.
Only five course is available, and in many cases there are supplements (for most dishes it's $10 additional).

The biggest change I noticed compared to two years ago was in amuse bouches and petit fours.
You can compare them with the following 'before & after' photos.
Photo1: amuse bouches in 2009
Photo2: amuse bouches in 2011
Photo3: petit fours in 2009 (iced coffee was extra order, btw)
Photo4: petit fours in 2011

The dinner, by the way, was satisfying... good food and superb service.
I just wasn't as overwhelmed as I was two years ago...

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

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  1. kosmose7, what's your take on this place? Do they deserve the Michelin stars FWIW?

    I haven't been, and never had much interest in the place after looking through their website, seeing their menu, viewing pictures of their food on several blogs, and especially after reading a CH's description of their food that more or less matches my impression: "a pretty girl without the brain."

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    1. re: Kurtis

      Oh, I think its food is still fairly good. May be that pretty girl is also getting smarter? :)
      It's just that they used to be a place with decent food at unbelievably reasonable price. Now on the price part, it isn't true any more to me. I think their current price is still on par with their peers of similar caliber though.

      1. re: kosmose7

        Maybe I am the dim one then! Will give this a try soon. Thanks.

      2. re: Kurtis

        I seem to be in the minority on Chowhound, but I wasn't impressed AT ALL with SHO when we went a couple of months ago, and I am APPALLED that they have two stars. I would rate it significantly below any of the other two-star places I've been to in NYC, and below most of the one-stars as well. Here's my review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803387

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

      3. I'm not a huge fan of the menu having a ton of supplements. That sucks. I see from your blog that course 3 is especially annoying. Two out of three choices carry a $10 or $15 supplement. Maybe that's how they make up the money they lose from the 30% Savored discount.

        But in the case of amuses and petits fours, I can sort of understand why they got scaled down due to the course increase. Maybe if they hadn't done that, there'd be too much food.

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        1. re: Cheeryvisage

          I know. Their second course as well. 1 out of 3 required a $10 supplement, where the other 2 were veal tongue and lamb sweetbreads, none of which I enjoy. Therefore I had to go for the Celeriac Espuma at $10 extra charge.

          >Maybe if they hadn't done that, there'd be too much food.
          You are right. May be I am too greedy. LOL

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            Maybe they hired a consultant from the airlines.

            EDIT: I like the idea of before & after photos, kosmose, but yours are a little hard to read.

          2. We just went there too (last night) and enjoyed all of the dishes we had, particularly the foie gras amuse-bouches. It certainly helped that we got a 30% discount on Savored, since the issue of supplements ($10 & $15) got to us too. What really irked us was that the menu - with all of its supplements clearly listed - does not indicate the price of the 5 courses, and when we asked our waiter (just to verify what we had seen on line), he danced around the issue with such finesse that we had to stop him in his tracks to clearly ask "but how much is it?" It seemed to be a well-guarded secret that was, to us, offensive. Having said that, we found the $85 price tag (sans supplement) to be extremely fair considering the food's quality.

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            1. re: boredough

              Thanks for the reply boredough.

              "he danced around the issue with such finesse that we had to stop him in his tracks to clearly ask "but how much is it?" It seemed to be a well-guarded secret that was, to us, offensive."

              It would for me too. Any thoughts why the 5 course TM price is so elusive? As calculated below - thanks famdoc, it really comes out to an unmatched value with the savored.com saving.

              1. re: Kurtis

                to Kurtis: My first guess is that when they printed up the menus, they made a conscious decision to avoid committing to a price so that they could test the waters...and raise the base price without having to reprint. (The waiter was quick to point out that they increased the number of courses to 5 while maintaining the 3-course price.) That doesn't explain the waiter's "dance" (which might have been perfectly innocent), but the two issues together seemed suspect. I guess one is expected to have checked their website... For the record, even with the Savored discount, we spent $250 (for 2) - and that was including a bottle of one of their least expensive wines (which was very good), & 2 supplements.

            2. You won't find a better $59.50 5-course prix-fixe in Manhattan.
              Book through savored.com to get that price.

              1. I think they might have very recently introduced new amuses and petit fours.... See this photo set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmoranmo...

                Now the extra things seem pretty comparable to your "before".

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                1. re: Cheeryvisage

                  Oh wow!!!