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Tasting Menu...for Lunch?

alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 11:23 AM

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. ellenost RE: alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 11:25 AM

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

    1. Spiritchaser RE: alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 11:31 AM

      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.

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        Barcelonian RE: alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 12:09 PM


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          ellenost RE: Barcelonian Apr 29, 2014 12:59 PM

          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.

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          Riverman500 RE: alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 12:25 PM

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

          Also, look into Le Bernardin.

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            villainx RE: alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 02:30 PM

            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.

            1. coasts RE: alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 04:02 PM

              I'll add Del Posto, but really Ellenost is right on with Bouley.

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                smilingal RE: alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 06:27 PM

                Ma Peche

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                  ellenost RE: smilingal Apr 29, 2014 07:54 PM

                  I adore Ma Peche, but they don't have a tasting menu.

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                    smilingal RE: ellenost Apr 30, 2014 03:26 AM

                    Yes but the dim sum style is like a tasting menu.

                2. ipsedixit RE: alpha_ori Apr 29, 2014 08:16 PM

                  Lots of good choices already, but for my money these days it's the tasting menu at Gramercy Tavern

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                    alpha_ori RE: alpha_ori May 1, 2014 08:51 AM

                    Thanks for all of your recommendations! My current strategy will be to get a Per Se or Bouley rez for Friday, but try for Ko. Thursday I'm still figuring out; I might go with Jean Georges or The Modern, but I might go for a different kind of experience; perhaps an omakase? (Any thoughts on the best omakase experience available on a Thursday at lunch??), or maybe something less haute.

                    Thanks! I'll let you know how it all works out!

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