Interesting but not challenging restaurant for lunch, $36.50 app (maybe) and main
Situation: The rep of a charity to which I've made a big donation is taking me to lunch as thanks. I'd like to go some place interesting. But - I know from a previous meal with him that he's a pretty conservative eater, which wasn't 100% enjoyable for me. (I picked a place in Chinatown CH raved about and I'd never been to, I loved, but clearly it was totally strange to him, not in a good way, that dishes didn't have vegetables mixed in.)
I only feel right that the meal total $40/pp. I figure $40-3.50 tax= $36.50; I'm sure no alcohol and probably no dessert,.
I assume this is for a weekday lunch? What about the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern?
Or Tocqueville's prix fixe ($24.07) or a la carte options?
ABC Kitchen also has a $28 prix fixe lunch.
Ciano's is $20.12.
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How about The Standard, which has good food of the "normal kind" in the Meat Market area, or a safe bet is Balthazar or Pastis. For seafood, Aqua Grill, fits the budget and has excellent fish and sandwiches for lunch
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$40 before tax is around $36.50 yes. But I'm assuming you plan on tipping as well, which would bring down the menu price to $31 and change.
All the above suggestions still work. I'll add Del Posto to the mix as well - their $29 lunch deal is a steal, for three courses (plus amuses, etc) - it'll make your dining companion feel like they're getting you something special and fancy, but for a not-fancy price. And if they're willing to splurge an extra $10/pp, you can make it a "full Italian" four-course meal.
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