Let's make a deal
The economy is tanking, and restaurants are responding...with specials. TONY's food critic sifts through the cut-rate dinners so you don't have to.
Thu Feb 26 2009
Artisanal’s grilled English cheddar sandwich with pickles, olives and kettle-fried chips
Photograph: Roxana Marroquin
If... you had to move back in with your parents
The Grilled Cheese Bar at Artisanal
2 Park Ave at 32nd St (212-725-8585)
The deal: The new “Grilled Cheese Bar” menu at Terrance Brennan’s bistro features five sandwiches starting at $12.50 each (including a cheeseburger du jour) and la carte fries ($9.50) with your choice of five toppings.
The food: Brennan serves all of his sandwiches in big cast-iron vessels with pickles, olives and kettle-fried chips. Though a side of fries is probably overkill, who can resist potatoes drowning in cheese?
The best you can do: Grilled English cheddar with crisp apple slices and smoky bacon, fries covered in Artisanal’s signature alcohol-soaked fondue (the world’s most decadent cheese fries)
The verdict: Though a $15 sandwich may not be exactly a steal, these generous babies are well worth the splurge—and a good change of pace from another evening of Kraft Singles on white.
Recession rating: 3 stars