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Tasting Menu Restaurant Battle: Who's The Realest?

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In the $150-$200 range (since that's all I can afford): Blanca/Atera/Torrisi 20-course

Discuss.

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  1. $200pp for just food (no tax/tip/wine), I assume?

    Do you already have reservations?

    Is this a solo meal? Two people?

    What kind of food do you like? Why did you choose these three?

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    1. re: kathryn

      And what does "real" mean in this context?

      1. re: Sneakeater

        Y'know, as opposed to fake.

        No one wants a fake tasting menu ...

      2. re: kathryn

        Sneak, "realest" was meant as a tongue-in-cheek hip-hop reference. Mostly I'm just curious about the merits of each.

        Kathryn: $150-$200pp for just food, although if anyone knows of a tasting menu between $200 and $250 (I realize we're splitting hairs here but as much as I'd like to splurge for Per Se, I just can't bring myself to do so), I'm all ears. I enjoy cocktails and wine, but I'd just as soon ditch libations to be able to spend more on food. The meal is for my girlfriend and I, and we like everything. No reservations as of yet, but this is for a meal in (hopefully) June.

        I realize that's not a ton of direction, but I'm curious -- are Blanca and Atera similar in their cooking? I'm definitely more of a fan of progressive cuisine (not that I've been bowled over by every single dish, but I love me some wd-50 and Corton). In fact, I would throw Corton into the mix because I loved my birthday meal there three years ago. Mostly I chose them because they're offering a lengthy tasting menu (an experience I would like) for the right price.

        Thanks!

        1. re: masterofceremonies

          For your price range you can enjoy every tasting menu except for Per Se. Some of my favorites are: EMP, Momofuku Ko, Kappō at Ma Peche, Atera, Corton, and Bouley.

          1. re: masterofceremonies

            I've never done Blanca or Torrisi 2.0, but Atera's pretty awesome. I don't think you can miss there.

        2. My recs are Jean-Georges, Jungsik and Brooklyn Fare, Recette on the special 2nd Monday of each month tasting.