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Feb 5, 2014 12:27 PM

Need help with a lunch and 2 dinners!

Coming in town from Feb 28th to March 2nd with the wife. We haven't taken an adult vacation in ages and are looking for some guidance on where to eat. So 2 dinners and 1 lunch.

I am more of a foodie and she is along for the ride. I would like to do some sort of a tasting menu for one dinner but it needs to be in the $85 to $150ish range or the wife won't enjoy the food (no matter how good it is, she comes from a very frugal background and has trouble splurging).

That knocks out a lot of the top places for a tasting. Wondering what is the best in that range (new american or french type food). Would love Momofuku Ko but realize there is a slim chance of getting that res. What about The Modern?

Would like one other good dinner. I was looking at Betony but could only get a 10 PM at this point. Wide open on this front just want something good.

Was looking for something quicker for Sat lunch. Dim Sum place maybe? Red Farm?

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  1. You should try for a reservation at Ko or the Kappō at Ma Peche. Both are Momofuku restaurants, and both are fantastic! Kappō is less expensive ($95) than Ko ($125). Ko is downtown and Ma Peche is midtown. Both require reservations.

    1. If you can, do your high end meal at lunch, where prices at Del Posto, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, The Modern, and Bouley are much lower for the same quality of food.

      Otherwise RedFarm is great. Other suggestions for lunch:

      Mission Cantina
      Ippudo (but plan to arrive at the beginning of lunch service at either location)
      Moti Mahal
      Eataly (various food outlets)

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      1. re: darren425

        Note that Eataly for lunch is best during the week IMO, weekends can be nutso.

      2. No res space for Kappo at Ma Peche.

        We won't be in town for Friday lunch and I have been reading that most places only do the tasting lunch on weekdays. Also didn't want to spend the little daylight hours we have to explore the city on a long tasting lunch.

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        1. re: Maderan

          Kappo 'often' gets cancellations. One can reserve here a month ahead, but only 10-14 days ahead at Ko (for example). So people may reserve at Kappo and cancel if they get into Ko. Both are excellent but Ko is easier for lunch (14 days ahead) - especially Sunday (not sure if Sat is your only lunch). So look again at Kappo exactly 10 days ahead (or put yourself on waiting list).
          Sorry, can't help at your price point if you're not prepared to switch to lunch.

          1. re: MrGrumpy

            +1 for Picholine. Also highly recommend Juni. I've done the 6 course tasting menu for $120 twice (most recent two weeks ago). Juni also has a 4 course tasting menu for $90. Food is delicious and creative; service is excellent.

          2. Ok have been add to wait list at Ma Peche. Will try for Ko when it opens up.

            What should I book as back ups?