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Any restaurant in the city, $500 limit. What would you choose and why?

I just won a prize of dinning at any restaurant in NYC with a cap of $500. I'm having a hard time deciding and just wanted to see what you guys would choose and why?

Thanks!

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  1. How many people will be in your party? (Much different answer if you're dining solo or as a couple and you want the $500 to cover the entire cost). Does the $500 include wine?

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    1. re: ellenost

      Exactly. Does it include tax, tip, alcohol?

      $500 for 2 including tax, tip, and wine is very different vs $500 for 1 without alcohol.

      1. re: kathryn

        Good point. Dinning for two. If go over $500 I guess I would have to pay the difference, but i wouldn't mind I guess.

    2. Any dietary restrictions?
      Per Se is beyond great but it is about $300 pp for a prix fixed meal...but you might want to supplement it...it would be worth it!

      1. Don't you love NYC? You say you got $500 to spend on any meal. You would think that should cover pretty much everything you could imagine for a meal. First thing you get are questions that make you realize that $500 won't necessarily be enough. Crazy place.

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        1. re: Bkeats

          Someone once asked me for a recommendation for a client dinner asking for a Japanese restaurant and saying price wasn't an issue. I was going through the details of the top places and when I got to Masa, price was no longer not an issue.

          1. re: Bkeats

            NYC is no different (or more expensive) than other top cities in the US (Chicago, SF, and for the best restaurants in LV) or Paris.

            1. re: ellenost

              I believe that New York is a lot less pricey than Paris at the top tier.

              1. re: erica

                Without a doubt. Paris breaks my bank for a serious "destination" meal. Per Se pricing is below average for a 3* in Paris.

                1. re: strangemd

                  And when you are talking about the very top rank, New York looks like a bargain not only as compared to Paris but also compared to London, Rome, Venice, and other European cities and tourist areas not to mention Hong Kong and Tokyo. Guess we are lucky to have so many "affordable" places to eat here!!!

                  I've not seen Asparagus as an appetizer for $115 (85e) or Sweetbreads as a main course for $155; yet those are the prices listed on the Le Maurice dinner menu, while at La Pergola, the "Gourmet Menu" will set you back the equivalent of $297 per person before 10% tax and tip, and without drinks.

                  1. re: erica

                    I agree about New York being fairly reasonable, our lunch for two at the Tour d'Argent in Paris including a pre-lunch cocktail each and one bottle of wine but no dessert was $500.

                  1. re: erica

                    but Paris also has many many excellent bistros that are affordable and delicious...from my experience, these bistros served tastier food than some of the top restaurants in NYC.

              2. Go to Shake Shack and pay for the 19 people behind you.

                You will never get to do it again, the prize people will flip out, its not your money (really) anyway, and the responses might almost be worth it.

                1. Go to Ko if you haven't been. They're about to leave the current space and the experience will change, for better or for worse. Your $500 should cover a meal for two and a nice bottle of wine plus tax and tip. You'd have to add a bit if you wanted to do the fun, aggressive beverage pairing.