The paper menu posted in Contra’s window offers an interesting proposition: six courses for $67. Young-gun chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske draw inspiration from Paris’s néo-bistrot movement, which champions affordable set menus served in casual spaces. Seasonal dishes include uni with rye and solfino, and halibut with black trumpet mushrooms and spring onions. A three-course version of the menu is available at the bar.
Pricey prix fixe menus are the bread and butter of fine dining restaurants, but the best affordable tasting menus in NYC prove that you don’t have to make it rain to have a stellar multicourse meal. For under $100, you can enjoy a highbrow dinner from a Michelin-starred chef, a Southeast Asian spread at one of the city’s best Thai restaurants and standout Japanese food at an outdoor omakase counter.
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