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Reasonable fine-ish dining pre Lincoln Center show

Gorp512 Nov 26, 2012 08:28 PM

Hi all,

Looking to plan a trip to a show at Lincoln Center in February for my lovely Mrs. 7:30 curtain, but we could come up from PA anytime earlier. Was looking at perhaps a last seating lunch at Del Posto, but wasn't sure how long they allow before changeover. Also considered Nougatine pretheater. But wasn't comfortable with no options. Any other recs or suggestions? We loved Torrisi and the Momo spots last time in town and are fans of Jim Lahey, but I figured I will be in a jacket, might as well use it! Thank in advance!

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    Gorp512 Nov 29, 2012 03:10 PM

    I was planning to allow ample time to make the 7:30 curtain. Probably get into town around noon for a 2 pm lunch or so. Intrigued by the JG recommendation and figuring on adding a course and getting dessert, I came up with $69 per person. In that range, should I just try for EMP?

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      kathryn Nov 29, 2012 07:22 PM

      For both lunch and dinner, Eleven Madison Park offers a Tasting Menu for $195. No prix fixe.

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        Gorp512 Nov 29, 2012 09:26 PM

        I stand corrected. Thanks!

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          arepo Dec 1, 2012 06:53 PM

          Your choice of Nougatine is a good one so why second guess yourself?
          All of the other recommendations are equally as good so you could just put the names on a roulette board, turn the wheel and wherever it stops you will be a winner.
          Marea/Picholine/Lincoln/Telepan are all close by. It's your call.

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            Gorp512 Dec 1, 2012 07:28 PM

            Ive pretty much settled on Del Posto. Jean Georges is tempting, but DP's value wins out for me. Our train doesn't leave until around 1 am. So I thought of stopping into the Salon at Per Se for a split dessert tasting after the show. Hate to be that table, but if we get in before 11, we should be fine, right?

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      plf515 Nov 29, 2012 02:53 PM

      Telepan. Gracious service, delicious food and they deal with time constraints well.

      1. famdoc Nov 28, 2012 08:16 AM

        Boulud Sud. Priced right. Good food. Good service. Reservations plentiful. Your server will have you out in time for your curtain.

        The Del Posto lunch is fantastic. If you're considering a late lunch, consider Jean Georges: virtually the same price, you'll be a lot closer to Lincoln Center.

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          Gorp512 Nov 28, 2012 12:05 PM

          Also considered JG. Do you get as much as with the DP lunch?

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            famdoc Nov 28, 2012 12:49 PM

            yes. both were very abundant lunches. in fact, JG gives you more in the way of amuses and other between-course goodies. either way, you'll be well-fed and may find yourself nodding off during the performance.

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              Gorp512 Nov 28, 2012 11:01 PM

              Oh wow. I didn't know you received any mid amuses at JG. Ok. Now down to those two. Any general consensus among the board? Thanks so much for all the help.

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                Sneakeater Nov 29, 2012 07:46 AM

                I would say that JG beats out DP in every conceivable way even if it weren't materially closer to your eventual destination.

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                  ramenbound Nov 29, 2012 03:46 PM

                  DP will provide you with more food per dollar, and better bread. The amuses/ending 'goodies' are even from my accounts. For the record, I don't ever recall being served a 'mid-amuse' at Jean-Georges [maybe you can count the pineapple, but I can't identify anything else that would qualify], or Del Posto (interestingly enough, I've had times at both where a main course was so skewed in flavor that I had to ask for a palate cleanser as a special request before dessert was brought out. Neither will serve a p.c. otherwise). Jean-Georges (obviously) is more world-class food, but there's something very homey yet refined about Del Posto that's very pleasing.

                  Gosh, now I want a Del Posto bread basket.

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            Gorp512 Nov 27, 2012 10:07 PM

            Think I am going to aim for a late lunch at Del Posto. Cant really beat that anywhere, right?

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              atlantic Dec 1, 2012 04:28 PM

              Salumeria rosi is the best.

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              Gorp512 Nov 26, 2012 08:59 PM

              Thanks for the quick replies! I know a lot offer a sub $50 menu at certain times of day and days of the week. The Today's Menu at Gramercy Tavern was another thought. Added Picholine to the list Thanks! Bar Boulud was a thought too

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                Pan Nov 27, 2012 03:51 AM

                If you really wanted a reasonably-priced good meal, you could go to Salumeria Rosi, but you don't need a jacket for that.

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                Sneakeater Nov 26, 2012 08:51 PM

                I get some conflicting signals from your post.

                On the one hand, you say "reasonable" and "fine-ish". On the other, you talk about taking advantage of wearing a jacket. Since only the very most expensive places in New York still have that as a requirement, I'm not sure how much you're looking to spend.

                I like Lincoln a lot.

                But I'm not sure it's "reasonable". It strikes me -- a famous spendthrift -- as "expensive". (As does Picholine, which is why I'm confused.) (I like Marea much less than Lincoln. But the same qualifications would apply.)

                You might want to look at Boulud Sud. It's not a kind of cuisine that's my favorite. But, for the price, considering the quality, it's really one of the best deals in New York. (And you can wear a jacket. Or not.)

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                1. re: Sneakeater
                  Sneakeater Nov 26, 2012 08:53 PM

                  I would also urge you to consider the Salon at Per Se.

                2. ellenost Nov 26, 2012 08:41 PM

                  Highly recommend Picholine.

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