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Apr 29, 2014 11:23 AM

Tasting Menu...for Lunch?

I'll be in Manhattan this June for two short weekdays (Thursday and Friday). Our evenings are already quite busy, but I have to get my dining fix in. Last time I was in town, I was able to snag a lunch reservation at EMP, where they do the full tasting menu, and I was very happy with that. Most restaurants on my short list, however, either don't serve lunch at all (e.g. Atera) or have an abbreviated business-lunch style format (e.g., Jean-Georges).

What great restaurants besides EMP offer a tasting menu during the day on a weekday? I'm open to other kinds of experiences besides tasting menus, to be sure, but this is likely to be my only trip to Manhattan for the next year or two, so I am looking for something pretty special. Budget is not much of a concern, and I haven't eaten anywhere in Manhattan besides EMP and Jungsik.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Highly recommend the 5 course tasting menu at Bouley for $55. You will have options for each course.

    1. You could do Per Se at lunch on a Friday. They offer 5, 7, and 9 course lunch on F, S, and S.

      Oh, you could do The Modern Dining Room also.

        1. re: Barcelonian

          The only weekday that Ko offers lunch is Friday. Reservations are available only 14 days in advance and since there are only 12 seats, the reservations go very quickly.

        2. You can order a tasting menu for lunch at Jean-Georges.

          Also, look into Le Bernardin.

          1. JG offers to regular tasting menu for lunch, as another poster has said.

            I had a good tasting menu at Gramercy Tavern recently. Not as much as the usually high end ingredients (no truffle, uni, etc.) but really well sourced ingredients and good technique. They permit substitution, which we did for the meat course and got the lamb instead, that was really good.