Lunch Prix Fixe
We are visiting NYC in December and I am looking for some good lunch prix fixe recommendations in the $50/pp range, though I'm willing to extend the budget to try something incredible. I have lived in NYC and had been very immersed in the food scene then, but it's been a few years and the other half is new to the city and he has never done a prix fixe menu before. Thank you for any suggestions!
We had the prix fixe at Jean Georges for Friday lunch two weeks ago. Great service, very pleasant and the food was great, in particular the foie gras, sweetbreads and the suckling pig. We added one extra course to split between the two of us and we didn't have room for dessert (though we enjoyed all the sweets/mignardises they bring complimentary with our coffee).
If you're filling up weekend lunches, Momofuku Ssam Bar. It's $25, 2 courses + dessert. I had avoided it in favor of their rotisserie duck service because it seemed too much like brunch (not my favorite meal). I recently went there on a Monday holiday and wound up having a great meal. It's more casual than Jean Georges, Del Posto, etc.
What days of the week are you here?
As you may know, many of the inexpensive prix fixe lunches at upscale restaurants are Monday through Friday, although there are some who DO serve on the weekend. And the EMP weekday lunch prix fixe is long gone.
Jean Georges: two plates for $38, each additional plate $19, served daily - would be good for a Sunday if you need another choice since many don't do Sunday lunch.
Del Posto: $39 three course lunch with choice of Antipasto, Primo OR Secondo, and Dolce, "Enjoy a taste of pasta for the table at $10 per guest," weekdays only.
Le Bernardin: 3 course City Harvest menu for $45 per person with $5 donated to City Harvest, only in the lounge, only 2 choices per course, weekdays only.
The Modern - Dining Room - 2 courses and dessert for $55, 3 courses and dessert for $70, additional courses $18, weekdays only.
Bouley - $55 five course tasting, Monday through Saturday.
La Grenouille - 2 courses for $49, 3 courses for $65. Tuesday through Saturday.
Marea - "business lunch" on weekdays, 2 courses for $45, Sunday lunch, also 2 courses for $45, closed Saturday lunch
Maialino - $35 for 2 courses with biscotti for dessert, they also have a Sunday pasta tasting for $55.
Babbo - $49 for a four course tasting (BTW the addition of lunch is fairly recent), only Tuesday through Saturday.
Manzo - 3 courses for $29, new Mario Batali inside of Eataly.
Ciano - 3 courses for $20.12, weekdays only.
Aldea - 3 courses for $24.07, weekdays only.
Tocqueville: $29 for 3 courses, Monday through Saturday.
Gotham Bar and Grill - $25 Greenmarket lunch, two courses, add $7 for dessert, weekdays only.
Seasonal - 3 courses for $29, Monday through Saturday.
Aquavit - 3 courses for $35, weekday lunch.
Cafe Boulud - 2 courses for $37, 3 courses for $43, Monday through Saturday they serve lunch, on Sunday they serve brunch, which is 2 courses for $39, 3 courses with dessert for $49.
Riverpark - 3 courses for $28, weekdays only, there is a separate weekend brunch menu.
Tulsi - "Chaat and Choose" lunch for $20, 3 course lunch for a little more, I can't verify as their site is down right now.
Junoon - 3 courses with rice and naan for $24, weekdays.
For less fancy options:
ABC Kitchen - 3 courses for $32, includes their famous sundae, not upscale, more "shabby chic" and "reclaimed furniture," weekdays only.
Momofuku Ssam Bar - 3 courses, weekend lunch only. I think it's still around $25 or so.
Kin Shop - 2 courses and ice cream for $20, daily.