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The Top Manhattan Lunch Restaurants-- 2015 Update

Best prix fixe lunch deals in Manhattan

Juni  12 E 31st St New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 995-8599
(Zagat rating of NEW RESTAURANT) .Three Course $35 Two Course $32, Very large selection of wines by the glass. New American cooking from Chef --Shaun Hergatt -- whose previous restaurant SHO was awarded two Michelin stars and given a 29 rating in Zagat. Dishes have very complex flavors, precise techniques and exotic ingredients. One of the most creative chefs in the country, the menu changes seasonally using fresh ingredients from the neaby Union Square Greenmarket .Esquire Magazine, best new Restaurant 2013. See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews

One of the new stars in the NY arena is the very creative and talented Shaun Hergatt (left) -- chickweed – spring potato gnocchi – peekytoe crab --(right)-- black sea bass

Nougatine at Jean George  1 Central Park W New York, NY 10023 (212) 299-3900
(Zagat rating of 27) Prix fixe lunch for $38 includes: appetizer, main dish and dessert. Some of Jean George's original classics are found on the menu including: tuna tartare, avocado, spicy radish and ginger marinade, or the wonderful butternut squash soup with black trumpet mushrooms (seasonal). The sautéed red snapper with crispy skin is also excellent, as is any version of sauteed blacksea bass. The warm chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream is always superb. Unlike Jean George Restaurant don't expect table cloths and expect a higher noise level. See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews

Bouley   163 Duane St New York, NY 10013 (212) 964-2525
(Zagat rating of 27) At $55 Prix fixe lunch this is a fantastic deal. And Bouley also has this deal currently for lunch on Saturday, although expect to call well in advance for a reservation. You will find included in this lunch his new signature Porcini Flan with Alaska Live Dungeness Crab and Black Truffle Dash -- and the -Chocolate Frivolous a rather large portion of chocolate desserts (Chocolate Brulee, Chocolate Parfait, Hazlenut Daquoise). See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews

Jean George Restaurant    1 Central Park W New York, NY 10023 (212) 299-3900
(Zagat rating of 28) . At 2 dishes for $35 and each additional dish for $16 it's still a great deal for Three Star Michelin Restaurant, even though some of the great dishes like Skate with chateau chalon sauce are no longer included. We do however consider the deal (see above) at Nougatine (Jean Georges Bistro in the same hotel) an even better deal. Menu will change by season by most of the classics will remain. See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews

Felidia Ristorante   243 E. 58th St. New York, NY 10022 212-758-1479
(Zagat rating of 26) .This is a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $29.50. Although many dishes that have small supplements are superb, e.g., grilled octopus, porcini pappardelle with braised, shredded hudson valley moulard duck mushrooms or the whole-grilled mediterranean bass with steamed swiss chard, lemon and oil. If you are a tripe fan the spicy, braised calf tripe “parmigiana” with buckwheat polenta is a classic.
. See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews

Ai Fiori Restaurant -- 400 5th Avenue 212-613-8660
Zagat 26 -- Michelin 1 star --( Two course $42) This is Michael Whites take on new Italian Cuisine. Must tries are the squid ink pasta with shellfish, and the lamb chop wrapped in a grind of lamb meat and foie gras that have been sealed in caul fat with a single leaf of flat parsely. Michael White is also chef at Marea a two Michelin Fish Restaurant in Manhattan.

Gotham Bar and Grill   12 E 12th St (between 5th Ave & University PL) New York, NY 10003 (212) 620-4020
(Zagat rating of 27) A greenmarket prix fixe lunch for $34 for three courses. This restaurant was one of the original fine dining experiences Chef Alfred Portale . See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews

Cafe Boulud 20 E 76th St (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave) New York, NY 10021 (212) 772-2600
(Zagat rating of 27) 2 Course Lunch $37 | 3 Course Lunch $42 Best wine value here. Menu changes every two weeks. There is usually a special white and red wine of the month that is under $30 --an excellent value. Daniel is one of the top chefs in the country --and more importantly he knows how to train his staff to produce quality meals in all his NYC restaurants. -- Cafe Boulud stands out as where you will find great food at a great price. Since it's always filled be sure to reserve early. See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews

Telepan 72 W 69th St (between W Central Park & Columbus Ave) New York, NY (212) 580-4300
(Zagat rating of 26) 3-course Lunch $28-32 - Wednesday thru Friday Lunch menu -- yelp reviews

Tocqueville 1 E 15th St (between 5th Ave & W Union Sq) New York, NY 10003 (212) 647-1515
(Zagat rating of 25) Tocqueville offers their prix fixe lunch special year round Monday through Saturday for $29. Tocqueville also has a wine pairing for lunch. Cuisine: is American/French Restaurant Price Fixe Menu -- see also yelp reviews

Momofuku Ssam Bar 207 2nd Avenue, New York NY 10003 (at 13th Street) 212-254-3500
(Zagat rating of 25 ) Korean/Asian Fusion Cooking --$25 Prix Fixe Menu for Lunch-- Sample Menu:-- First course: spicy honeycomb tripe OR smoked wild sturgeon OR pork buns 2nd course: veal sweetbreads OR duck confit OR cotechino dessert: quark ice cream OR apricot sorbet - Lunch Prix Fixe Menu -- yelp reviews


NYC Restaurant Week® --NYC Restaurant Week debuted in 1992 when it was developed as a one-time culinary event to welcome the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to the City. Over the past years, NYC Restaurant Week has grown tremendously. It has expanded to include both lunch and dinner offerings—three-course, prix-fixe meals for $25 and $38, respectively—and extended to two weeks (including Sundays for some restaurants) in both the summer and winter. Check NYCGO for more details on the next Restaurant Week in NYC.

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