This week I review Carbone in my Blooomberg column, awarding 3.5 stars to the high-end red sauce joint in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. It isn’t just one of our city’s best new restaurants, it’s one of Manhattan’s best seafood spots, period.
Carbone’s cuisine is the cuisine I ate while growing up on Long Island, at cheap seafood shacks and affordable Italian-American restaurants. Except Carbone isn’t cheap, or affordable, not by Italian-American standards, and not by New York standards. Dinner for two, after wine, tax and tip, can easily cost $350-$400 for two, almost as much as dinner at Jean-Georges.
So Claus Meyer owns two restaurants. One is Noma in Copenhagen, which will cost you about $437. The other is Gustu in La Paz, Bolivia, where the wine-paired tasting will run you about $130. Sounds cheaper, right? Not quite. After airfare, hotels, visas and yellow fever shots, you’ll actually spend a few dollars less in Copenhagen if you’re flying from New York. Check out The Price Hike and Bad Deal math below.