A tasting menu doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars to be decadent. These New York City restaurants are offering multiple courses – from Asian cuisines to intricate wine pairings – for under $100 per person. By Sarah Shaker.
Indian cuisine isn’t just for casual takeout (although, there are some great fast-casual Indian restaurants around). Junoon, a Michelin Star “Modern Indian” Restaurant headed up by Executive Chef Vikhas Khanna and Culinary Creative Director Aliya LeeKong, offers an authentic and elegant take on Indian cuisine. The new spring tasting menu offers 5 courses at $75, including well-known dishes like a gourmet twist on Saag Panner and specials like the tender Masalder Lamb Chops. There’s also a 5 course vegetarian tasting menu for those on a special diet priced at $65 per person. Expert wine pairings can be added at an additional $55.
Book a business lunch with the affordable Taste of Hakkasan prix-fixe lunch menu at $29 for three courses. Plates include new offerings like Stir-fry Mushroom Lettuce Wraps with pistachio and pine nuts and a Sanpei Chicken Claypot with Thai sweet basil. The lunch pre fixe is complete with a selection of their signature fresh macarons with an Asian flavor twist – like Yuzu or Coconut – for the perfect sweet ending.
The Spring Tasting Menu at Triomphe goes for $95 or $145, if you’re up for splurging on the perfect wine pairings. This tasting may make it just under the $100 price tag, but there’s a special surprise in store. Every evening one table is selected as the “Chef’s Table” for the night with a complimentary round of champagne to toast the start of their meal and an extra course specially designed by Chef Jason Tilmann. The surprise Chef’s Table can be given to diners enjoying the a la carte menu or the pre fixe menu, so next time you dine at Triomphe, it may be you.
Here you’ll find exquisite tasting menu options from newly appointed Executive Chef Angus An. Starting at $55 per person, Thai food is served family style at this Soho restaurant in 60 Thompson Hotel. Standout plates include Fresh Nantucket Bay Scallops and Prime Rib with a soft boiled egg. Wine pairings can be added to your tasting, but if you opt for cocktails, don’t miss out on the Salted Plum with infused salted Chinese plum brandy, Cointreau, vanilla syrup, lemon juice and garnished with orange zest and peychaud bitters. Kittichai is also a great brunch spot with a $25 prix fixe including unlimited specialty mimosas or bellinis with a selection of a “Thai” brunch classic.
Dine out for a standout Italian four-course tasting menu at Asellina for $90 per person. Start with an antipasti, like Seared Sword fish Crudo, followed by a primi, such as Saffron Potato Gnocchi and a secondi with options like Lamb Spezzatino, then finish with dolci, such as the recent Poached Pear plate. Wine pairings are also available for those looking to enhance the Italian spirit and experience of their meal.
Feast, a recently opened East Village restaurant, focuses on seasonal tasting menus served communal style, encouraging guests to “share plates of food and long conversations,” as if they are hosting a party at home. Chef Christopher Meenan offers three “feasts” at dinner, including a Farmer’s Market feast at $38 per person and a Nose-To-Tail feast, currently presenting lamb and changing to pork for May, for $48 per person. The feast menus require full table participation, so bring along friends and family who are ready to enjoy multiple courses together in a laid back downtown atmosphere.
This Southeast Asian inspired restaurant in the West Village brings neighbors together for sharable plates and craft cocktails. Opt for the Chef’s Selection of 10 courses for $50 per guest to try a little bit of everything. Specialties like Smoked Duck Sausage Betel Leaf, Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs and Salt & Pepper Cuttlefish are all featured on this lengthy tasting menu of small bites.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.