Qui is the latest addition to America’s slew of ticketed tasting menu restaurants, as Eater Austin reports. The cost is $120 per person for 20-25 courses. Thing is, unlike traditional pay-ahead venues like Alinea and Next, where the diner pays the full price of the meal (plus tax and tip), when the reservation is made, Qui only charges the card in the event of a late cancellation, which perhaps means that Qui isn’t really a ticketed restaurant. Still, we’ll take it!
Funny how Per Se, whose dinner menu is $310, threatens to levy a $175 per person fine for any cancellations made within 72 hours, while sister spot The French Laundry, with its $295 menu, only charges $100. Click through for more fun facts about America’s most expensive cancellation fees! And props to Jonathan Kauffman of the San Francisco Chronicle for pointing out The French Laundry tariff!
Here’s a photo of the foie gras, black truffle and chicken pot pie at The NoMad Bar ($36). It’s brought to us by the team behind Eleven Madison Park, where dinner for two can easily hit $1,000. The NoMad tries to do for pub fare what Carbone does for Italian-American fare; it aims to make a “cheap” cuisine fancy and expensive. The intention is noble and the pot pie is delicious; too bad much of the food is the epitome of average, as I write in my one-star Eater review (Photo: Daniel Krieger/Eater).
This is Dover’s Caviar Pie. It looks great but it tastes not so great. The problem is that it’s made with crummy paddlefish roe, which sits atop an overchilled parfait of hard boiled egg, cream cheese and sour cream. Cost: $35. Rating: SELL. To be fair, using higher grade hackleback would probably push this dish up to a $60, while using transmontanus sturgeon would easily raise the price to $85, but both of those preparations would be a heck of a lot more compelling than this one.
Saving money is nice, but sometimes, an expensive, high-quality product can feel like a value, while a shoddy, cheaper substitute can feel like a rip-off. This is one of those times. See my full review of the otherwise very good Dover on Eater! (Photo: Daniel Krieger/Eater)
Should your restaurant ditch OpenTable for a new ticketing system by the people behind Alinea & Next? We break down the Suttonomics over at Eater!!!
Jean-Georges has raised its prices by $10 across the board, as we reported yesterday on Eater. So the prix-fixe is now $128; the tasting menus are $208; and the long tasting is $308. But for those who want EVEN MORE data, check out our HISTORICAL chart for the Central Park West restaurant. Fact: a fully loaded-meal can you $226 more now that it did a few years back!!!
Jean-Georges, one of New York’s best and most expensive restaurants, just got a bit more expensive, as we report over at Eater!!!
Very proud to debut The Big Beef Indexes on Eater, where we list the most expensive large format steaks in all of New York Effing City!!! Spent a long long time working on these interactive charts, so hope you like them! Hopefully this should provide a more real-time continuation of The State of Steak features that we debuted on The Price Hike two years ago.
GOOD NEWS: Michel Richard’s not-very-good New York bistro is no longer open for lunch or dinner, as I report for Eater. BAD NEWS: The bistro still open for breakfast which means it continues to charge $10 for bowls of cold cereal and $26 for smoked salmon bagels. Yep, we’re calling this one a BAD DEAL.
VERDICT: $26 smoked salmon bagels are a STRONG SELL!
The year-old Austin restaurant will open its long-awaited tasting room this summer and will charge $100 for 20-25 courses, Eater reports. That’s pretty gosh darn reasonable considering that a meal of that length will cost $195 at Blanca in Brooklyn or Atera in Manhattan. The main dining room will also offer a shorter set menu at $60.
As Eater mentions, Qui is just one in a long list of restaurants to reduce consumer choice in favor of providing a more consistent guest experience; the move should also theoretically allow Qui to cut down on food costs by reducing the amount of excess product they need to buy for an a la carte menu.
This is oxtail with beef broth and spicy-as-hell Japanese mustard. This is what you absolutely must eat at Ivan Ramen, the subject of my two star review for Eater today. The dish costs just $9 and in case you’re wondering nothing on the food or sake-by-the-glass menu is more than $15.
It’s not uncommon for new restaurants to offer lower-than-market prices during their opening months as an extended friends & family discount, but Ivan Ramen said during the fact-checking process that this is not the case here. “We at Ivan Ramen really want to be a neighbor location and our pricing reflects that.” Rating: STRONG BUY (Photo: Nick Solares/Eater).
People of Earth!!! Remember how lunch at Jean-Georges used to be pretty cheap, costing $28 for two plates about four years ago? Then it rose to $38 for two plates and $19 for each additional course? Well, now the lunch prix-fixe is $48!!! And extra courses are $24!! You’re still saving money when compared to dinner, but is it still a DEAL amid Midtown’s crowded lunch scene? Click through to Eater where we crunch the numbers for you!!!
BLACK TRUFFLES are back on the menu at Per Se thanks to the Australian winter crop that’s starting to come in! The price is $125 per serving, the same as last year but up from $100 back in 2012! Click through to find out precisely how much you’ll spend on all the supplements at Thomas Keller’s three Michelin-starred restaurant! (Photo: Ryan Sutton/Eater).