Dinner for two at Next, a Chicago restaurant that overhauls its entire menu three times a year, will cost over $500 per person in its latest iteration, we report over at Eater. Yeah, that’s a lot of money.
The menu, which revisits the time chef Grant Achtatz spent at Trio before he opened Alinea, starts at $245 during off-peak hours and reaches $255 on Friday and Saturday nights. Wine pairings are $138. Add on Chicago sales tax (10.5%) and the service charge (20%) and you’re at $1,015 for two.
Trio appears to be Next’s most expensive menu to date. Previously, the el Bulli service was $365 with pairings. Last year’s Bocuse d’Or menu, by contrast, was $313 with regular pairings, or $363 with reserve wines. The Trio service is spendiest of all, at $383-$393 before tax and tip. As is the case with every menu at Next, tables are booked by paying for the full price of the meal in advance, via the restaurant’s online ticketing system.
So what say you world. Is Next’s new menu a BUY HOLD OR SELL?
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!
What you’re looking at is octopus pastrami, an edible ode to a cobblestone street. It’s part of the set menu at Batard in Tribeca, which I awarded two stars in my review for Eater! The cost is $55 for two courses, $65 for three courses, or $75 for four. That’s a heck of a lot cheaper than Drew Nieporent’s previous restaurant in the same space, Corton, where tasting menus were $125 and $155. And even though the food isn’t necessarily as exciting as Corton was, the new prices reflect an unusual return to affordability in fine dining. Cool, right?
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).
The Caesar salad at Carbone in Manhattan now costs $21. That’s a hefty 23.5% increase from the opening price of $17. The hike is understandable, given the ingredients to make a Caesar — eggs, cheese and butter — have all went up in price over the past year. But still, why the heck does a salad cost so much? To answer that question, we talk to Chef Mario Carbone himself!
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)
San Francisco’s Coi is the latest in a small but growing collection of restaurants to ditch reservations in favor of selling non-refundable, pre-paid tickets. The restaurant has also introduced variable pricing, which means dinner is now as little as $145 per person. down from $195. So why did the two-Michelin-starred Coi make the switch? Eater’s Amy McKeever talks with chef Daniel Patterson to find out!
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!