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Inventory Manager at Momofuku Milk Bar
Somtum Der was awarded last year with a star for their authentic northern Thai dishes. The flavors are almost unapologetically bold (spicy food lovers rejoice), think pok pok without having to travel all the way to Red Hook. Try the papaya salad, grilled pork or fried chicken thigh for starters and get a couple more dishes to share amongst the table. They also have a pretty solid lunch special during the day! At it's price point, Somtum Der is a go to spot for me whenever I'm in the area.
I've haerd the name but didn't really know much about Somtum, but I love your post about it! Pok pok is one of my favorites so this sounds like it'll be right up my alley!
over 1 year ago
Lebanese food is my speciality
No idea these guys had a michelin star, it sounds awesome!
SoCal native, freelance writer
I just added this to my list to try!
I love spicy but my boyfriend can only handle it in small doses. Do they have milder dishes as well or does it trend towards really hot?
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Wine Consultant at Vignaioli Selection
It is hard for a restaurant of this caliber to be a "value". Luckily for us, Chef Ripert offers a three course menu for $49 dollars. It is available in the lounge during lunch hours only but a portion of the pricetag is donated to City Harvest. I have gone this route many times at the bar and have never been disappointed. The salmon served for the second course is simply put the best rendition of the fish that I have ever tasted. An upside for this "value" deal is that each course has multiple choices. This is the perfect menu if you want to enjoy the great food of Le Bernardin but don't want to wait for an occasion to do so.
Baker, Blogger, Dog-Lover
This would definitely be my number one on the list!
New York City
Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic
I just sent this to my friend, we are totally down for it for 49 bucks!
Assistant Director of Private Dining at Daniel
Hands down, I think the absolute best Michelin value in the city is the Lunch Tasting at Bouley. Everything is so light and delicate while indulgent and satisfying, at the same time. They offer five courses (with choices) starting at $55. The porcini flan with Golden Princess crab in black truffle dashi is one of my favorites. Wine pairing is an additional $55 - it hits most of the key regions and is totally worth it. Lunch at Bouley is kind of the perfect way to enjoy a quieter afternoon in Tribeca.
Event Coordinator, I research great places to eat for a living
I got legitimately excited reading this. Golden princess crab? Yes please!
Artist and aspiring food critic
One of the best deals for a lunch-time pre-fix indeed! Hard to find this kind of quality, especially at an iconic restaurant like Bouley, anywhere else in the city.
Food Enthusiast, Lawyer, Mother
Nice recommendation I enjoyed this!
Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione
The menu is truly incredible for the $55 price tag. Highly recommend it, and be sure to make a reservation. Jackets required for dudes.
Service Manager at La Sirena
Michelin star restaurants come in many different varieties now a days, especially in NYC. The old idea of white table cloths and tweezer food being the only one's to get a michelin star is just no longer the case. Just in the last year though, Matt & Ann have been able to do something amazing by earning a Michelin star with a traditional Thai food restaurant. The space is exactly what it needs to be and the food is nothing short of aggressively flavorful. No Tasting menus here, just small plates, large plates and dishes off of their charcoal grill, which should NEVER be overlooked. There are plenty of options here too, with different combinations of dishes and flavors, creating a different experience every time that won't cost you a month's rent check.
The photo on here looks incredible! I really enjoyed reading this!
My friends think I'm a food snob
+1 to this, really informative and well said
Private chef specializing in Italian, French
This truly does not fit the mold of your typical michelin-starred establishment and it's testament of the incredible cuisine they're putting out. One of the best meals I had in 2015!
You've sold me on it...this is going high on my list of spots to try
Bartender at Le Bilboquet
I'm a big fan. Glad this was added to the list, and I'm definitely not surprised it's number one!
Shawn Radar Burnette
Chef at Delaney Resaurant Group
Current James Beard Best Chef NY, Mark Ladner serves a lunch at DelPosto that is hands down best bargain in the city. $49 Prix Fixe menu is heavenly and the service, atmosphere, winelist and quality are unmatched. Want to impress guests to the city and look like a high roller? This is the way.
If you like it then you shoulda put sriracha on it
That's phenomenal you can do a prix fixe for $49 here! Great addition to this list!
Dessert before dinner!
Loved this recommendation thanks for sharing Shawn!
Life is too short to skip dessert
Mark Ladner is the bomb! It's a frickon steal to be able to try some of Del Posto's cuisine for 50 bucks.
Beverage Director at Dovetail Restaurant
I personally love Michelin-starred restaurants that offer abbreviated / more affordable options such as a prix fix lunch. It gives everyone the opportunity to either test the water for dinner, or simply makes the restaurant universally attainable. I think Del Posto and Jean~Georges pull this magic trick off the best. However, M. Wells Steakhouse in my hood is one of the greatest values both for excellent food and service. It doesn't hurt that they have a fair corkage policy as well.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
When you consider that classic restaurants like Peter Luger and Minetta Tavern are the only other steakhouses in NYC with a michelin-star it's a pretty strong testament to M. Wells. It might be my favorite steakhouse in the city!
Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's
I've heard very good things about M. Wells I will most certainly go check it out! I love dovetail too!
Big Apple food blogger
Well, since I love both the lunch prix fixes at JG and Del Posto I will take your word on M Wells also. Thanks for sharing!
YES! I am always on the hunt for fine dining that you can do at a more affordable price point and I love the Prix Fix as well. I like this list a lot!
High-end Caterer using restaurants as my R&D
I don't think many starred restaurants give value. Great meals, yes; but I don't know about great "values." Junoon has always been a solid value to me, as I don't think their prices are too high, and the portions are decent. Vikas Khanna has definitely put a lot into this place when it opened.! I highly recommend getting the chef's tasting; one regular and one vegetarian. You'll get to see and taste both menus. Solid wine selection, great service, and I am a true fan of the decor (especially the spice room in the basement!). If you aren't big on Indian food, the chef's menu won't detour you much, as it is not like any other Indian you have ever had! A glass or two of wine and a light dinner will probably only run you around $35-50pp. Enjoy!
I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.
Amen to that! Deifnitely one of the best values on this list. They also have a fantastic lunch prix-fixe for around $25....about half the cost of most of the lunches mentioned on here.
about 1 year ago
Yea, great "value" for what the provide!
about 1 year ago
Hands down my favorite Indian restaurant in the city. Not that I'm an expert, but there's a reason they have a michelin star. Total bonus that they definitely offer a great value.
Exactly, great food at a fair price.
Great recommendation! I'm very intrigued to check this out!
Definitely worth a try
Current wine rep for Savio Soares Selections and bartender at Sweet Chick Ludlow. Past lives include The Modern, Craft and Raines Law Room.
Betony is a rare spot in New York. It's a place where everything is good, start to finish. It's somehow become my home away from home this past year and I feel very fortunate that that is the case. From their bar snacks (right now it's these pretzel "sheets" that taste like someone peeled the exterior off of the best pretzel you've ever had in your life and pressed it until it merged into a giant square...ugh, so good) to their tasting menu- everything is on point. They do a shortened lunch menu that is a steal at $42. Specifically, I love their fried pickles (I'm a very classy broad), and I had a tagliatelle here once that I could eat every day. Drinks are inventive but you can trust them with the classics as well. The space itself is gorgeous as well. At this point I just sound like a Madam. Just go. It'll be great.
Some of the most hospitable people and service I've had in New York City.. I'm such a huge fan of Betony!
Haha love that the serve fried pickles here. Unexpected but sounds delicious nonetheless!
I spend a disproportionate amount of my income of food
I've forgotten now, do they only offer a prix fixe / tasting menu for dinner? If that's the case probably an even better reason to try the lunch version at 40 bucks. Great tip!
New Jersey Restaurant Association 2013 Restaurateur of the Year, New York native, New York University, Dartmouth College,
I completely agree!! Its very much a deal for the level of service and quality!
Independent Wine Consultant
Hands down the best tacos in NYC. But, it goes further. The guacamole is perfect, great acid balance and not tarted up, simple and perfect. For non-taco options, all the usual suspect proteins are well represented and delicious; the cooking is serious, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. The tacos themselves are far more interesting that 99% of the other options in the City, both in planning and execution. Wash all this down with one of the many tasty cocktails; I recommend the obvious, margaritas. Have some fun and go a bit off menu and ask for the basic margarita with a different tequila each round, they are well made and it will give you the chance to discover why we need so many tequilas! My only real complaint? The acoustics are a bit loud....
Wow I didn't even realize that had a michelin-star, I've wanted to check them out for a while! Dually noted about the acoustics there....
Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!
I am a sucker for great guacamole and will travel far and wide for it, perfect excuse to make my way out here and try these guys out!
Culinary Creative, El Bulli Foundation
Tucked behind a sliding door at the back of Greenpoint's happening craft beer bar Torst, is a 16 seat restaurant offering a 125$ five-course tasting with optional beer pairings for an additional 55$. Daniel Burns is chef of Michelin-starred Luksus and one of the owners of Torst, and he's a hell of a cook. His old boss, Rene Redzepi, wrote a very flattering introduction to Daniel's first cookbook, which he had just received his copy of and was smitten with excitement to share on the night I was in to dine. From dark nordic breads to elegant cured fish preparations and the most interesting fennel puree I've ever had, Daniel Burns' menu is beautiful, daring, and, for me, dotted throughout with flavors and textures not considered before.
The menu is of the new ilk of tasting menus in which the first of the courses is a series of amuses, and immaculate produce takes center stage. At Stone Barns, those amuses run 18 deep, 22 for VIP. At Luksus, the "Snacks" course is a half dozen or more carefully constructed bites followed by several somewhat larger plates. The beer pairings are refreshed throughout the courses, and I came in hungry and left feeling right. So, when you hear five courses, remember that it could claim to be a dozen courses, but "Snacks" makes more sense, and, especially with the beer pairings, you will be sated completely. For the price, it's unquestionably a great deal for Michelin-starred food. But at Luksus, you get to sit in a room with four counter seats and six two-tops and watch and listen to the chef as you are wowed through a flurry of snacks and plates that come at you from a different perspective than the European and Asian-centric cuisine that dominate much of New York dining. More than a clear value, it's a must try.
Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.
This was a really dope writeup about this place. I thought I had read they moved to something like a 15 or 16 course service....did they end up pairing it back somewhat?
about 1 year ago
I've wanted to go here for a long time. Did you have any favorite courses from the tasting?
Regina Myers Maganzini
Owner/operator of four small establishments in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn. Black Mountain Wine House, Bar San Miguel, Union Grounds and PDQ.
Every time we're here the menu is consistently delicious and creative. It's an excellent night out without the pretentiousness that comes along with a lot of Michelin-starred places. You can actually relax and enjoy yourself and your company while still being served in quality fashion.
I had no idea they had a michelin-starr, have been wanting to check these guys out for a while. Thanks for the tip!
This is one of the few michelin stars I hadn't heard or read much about, you definitely seem to get the unpretentios vibe from the photo. Very cooL!
Coffee addict and world traveler
Agreed with the sentiment that this is not a place that gets talked about as much. Really nice addition to the list!
Sommelier at Agern
If you haven't heard, EMP has a bar. Although walking-in without at least a call to the Mâitre d' ahead of time might not be advised, it's possible. Although nothing in this restaurant is really inexpensive, it's worth it. You don't necessarily need to commit to the whole shebang that is a $295/pp tasting if you don't want to, and just by having a drink you may have a chance to get taken to the kitchen for a bite of taffy. As good as fresh candy on a stick may be, the view of the mechanism behind this mother of pearl watch face might be even more enjoyable.
Put on your best outfit, and go have a glass of Champagne, with a bite of however they're serving caviar that evening. Load up on dollar dumplings before, or head to Boilermaker for a burger after if you must, but every single time I revolve through those doors I have *the most* fun. If nothing else, in the restroom, you have a good chance of being a character in the play that is the best meal of someone else's life.
Breaking into the NYC food scene
EMP is still the most incredible dining experience I've had in the city. I loved reading your writeup about it! I thought the Per Se review was a little over the top but either way I'd still take EMP at that price point.
BBQ Grill Master, beer lover
This was so on point. Nice read!
Hahaha I loved your analysis of the NYT review!
Sommelier @ Italienne
Chef Gunnar Gíslason has a knack for taking humble ingredients, such as beef heart, and elevating them into something special. His menu is surprisingly flavorful and clean tasting. He is also very approachable and it is not unusual to see him out in the dining room serving food to his guests. There are à la carte and tasting menu options that might seem expensive, at a glance. However, they are inclusive of service. The wine and beer list is a pretty good reason to check it out, as well.
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