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Is "Diner's Deck" a good deal?

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I recently wandered into Bed, Bath, and Beyond and saw that they were selling various decks of cards that were actually gift cards to various bars and restaurants. The one that I'm most interested in costs $30 and gets you $10 gift cards to each of 52 Manhattan restaurants. There's some fine print (for example, you have to spend $30 or more to use the card, not including tax, tip, or alcohol; and all cards expire on December 31), but it still seems like a pretty good deal to me.

Having said that, I'm not familiar with the vast majority of restaurants on the list. Here's the website for the product; the restaurants are listed along the left. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether these are generally good restaurants? I only recently moved to Manhattan and don't know a lot of people here, so I would expect to try some of these places alone and some with a friend.

https://www.cityshuffle.com/index.asp...

(Just to be clear, I have no affiliation with the people who make the cards, or any of these restaurants. Or Bed, Bath, and Beyond, for that matter.

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Thanks!

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  1. Other than Txikito, I don't recognize any of the other restaurants on the list as being popular among Chowhounds.

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    Txikito
    240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

    1. The brooklyn/downtown one seems to include a greater number of places we have enjoyed in park slope/carrol gardens and to a lesser extent downtown - im pretty certain we dont eat out enough for this to be a good deal - when we do decide to go out were a bit more purposeful than this would allow, but i mean, you only have to use 4 of them to do better than breaking even, right?

      1. Thanks for the info, but Paradou is the only one i will go back to.

        IN THIS DECK ( brooklyn and downtown) also the other list has some that ive been too, Great Jones,( years ago it was good) Bourbon Street ( terrible), Paradou ( good food in meat market), Penang ( fair)

        ABIGAIL CAFE
        AOC BISTRO - OK food
        APPLEWOOD
        BALADE
        BARRIO
        BELCOURT
        BINO
        BROKEN ENGLISH
        BUBBLE LOUNGE- good for drinks not food
        BUTTERMILK CHANNEL- very popular in redhook, food is good not amazing
        CAFÉ LOUP- ok
        CHAR NO. 4
        CHIMU
        CITY CRAB--- bad food
        COMIDA MERCADO FRESCO
        CREPES DU NORD
        DOKEBI
        DOMA
        FADA
        FLATBUSH FARM
        FRAGOLE
        GUSTORGANICS
        I TRE MERLI BISTRO- the one on W10th is better than the original on W. Bway. OK pasta
        IDEYA
        JIMMY'S NO. 43 - OK
        LA PALAPA
        LA ZARZA
        LILLA CAFÉ
        LODGE
        LOKAL
        LOVELY DAY
        LUNETTA
        MADIBA
        MELT
        MERCAT
        NEGRIL VILLAGE
        NOLITA HOUSE
        PAPATZUL
        PASITA
        PHILIP MARIE - looks good
        PICCOLA STRADA
        PRUNE - ok
        PURE FOOD & WINE
        QUEEN VIC
        RYE
        SCOTTADITO
        SMORGAS CHEF - not great, service not too good either
        SOCO
        SOUTHS - burgers ok, fish and chips good and catfish good, better to go for beers
        SUE PERETTE
        WATTY & MEG
        YUCA BAR

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        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Belcourt is not bad in a pinch.

          Philip Marie is average at best. Menu needs a direction - it's all over the place, and execution is sloppy. With that said, service was excellent the couple times we were there and it can be rather warm and cozy inside on a winter night.

          So Smorgas Chef isn't that great, huh? I was thinking about getting a OpenTable deal for them sibce I've never tried them and I love Scandinavian food.

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          Belcourt
          84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

          Smorgas Chef
          283 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

          Philip Marie
          569 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          1. re: uwsister

            Buttermilk Channel is good for brunch; Flatbush Farm is terrible for brunch. Both our frittatas were burnt!

          2. re: foodwhisperer

            Char 4 is pretty good for southern inflected food.

            Applewood is good new American.

            We used to enjoy Belcourt for theri lamb burgers but they've recently had a chef change and there's a possibility of the menu being revamped. I'd lood for recent posts on it to see what they're doing now.

            Papatzul is very good contemporary Mexican in a polished atmosphere. Highly recommended, deck or no deck.

            I've heard very good things about Sue Perette from someone I trust a great deal.

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            Belcourt
            84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

            Papatzul
            55 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013