Five to Try: Accessible Tasting Menus

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Five to Try: Accessible Tasting Menus

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From world-class farm-to-table restaurants to intimate dinner party experiences—we’ve rounded up the best downtown spots offering accessible, quality tasting menus.

Effectively a degustation, but a tasting menu might imply a menu that is a little more accessible and affordable with some larger dishes and a little less fuss. This set menu style gives the chef an opportunity to create an experience for diners with a beginning and an end… Plus, it’s a great opportunity to test multiple dishes at some of the city’s finest establishments for a surprisingly reasonable price. 

One White Street

This neighborhood restaurant from Chef Austin Johnson and Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson will make you feel like you are having a gorgeous dinner party in your very own dining room. Located in a historic Tribeca townhouse, this elegant and cozy spot is perfect for when your parents come to town. A six-course chef’s tasting menu of farm-to-table fare showcases the best of the season for $148, served alongside refreshing cocktails and exciting wines. 

Make a reservation—here

1 White Street, TriBeCa, New York

 

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Sixty Three Clinton

Located within the shell of a former pizzeria on the Lower East Side, this Michelin-Star restaurant from chef Sam Clonts and Raymond Trinh offers a whimsical seven-course tasting menu of elevated American fare with Japanese influences. Currently priced at $92 per person with the option to add a caviar handroll for an extra $55—which you definitely should do. 

Make a reservation—here

63 Clinton St, New York; T. 917-663-6223

 

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Niche Niche

The owners of this West Village spot ask diners to “imagine a dinner party at your favorite friend’s house who knows a little bit about wine…” Each night, a host from the beverage industry curates the wine selection and the menu is created to pair with them. The Dinner Party consists of a four-course set menu created from quality, seasonal ingredients, and will set you back a very reasonable $88.  

Make a reservation—here

43 MacDougal St, New York

 

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Musket Room 

At this Nolita mainstay led by executive chef Mary Attea, enjoy sophisticated food amid a casual, inviting atmosphere. The tasting menu gives diners the opportunity to experience various globally inspired dishes for $98. There is even the option to choose an “omnivore” or “vegan” menu, with wine to match for an additional $80. 

Make a reservation—here

265 Elizabeth St, New York; T. ​​212-219-0764

 

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Dirt Candy

Dirt Candy is Willy Wonka with vegetables in a fine dining setting. Seriously—owner and chef Amanda Cohen believes that vegetables are like candy from the dirt, and you’ll believe it too after one meal here. A good place to start is the five-course tasting menu for only $95 per person which changes seasonally. There is also the option to pair wines for an additional $50. This is the kind of place to bring your out-of-town vegetarian friend to show them what New York creativity is all about

Make a reservation—here

86 Allen St, New York; T. 212-228-7732

 

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