I've been holding a lunch reservation for this Saturday at Bouley, but it turns out they will be doing a Christmas special for $135. This is presumably in lieu of the usual $55 tasting menu, which I am interested in and is much more within budget. They did not post this info on either OpenTable or their own website, but whatever; right now I am trying to decide whether to keep the reservation, or somehow come up with an alternative.
On the one hand, maybe we could do a nice cheap dinner at, say, Marseilles, and visit Bouley for lunch in January. Places like Jean-Georges or The Modern are booked for lunch, and I'm not very familiar with the NYC culinary landscape that well, so if any chowhounders have recommendations up their sleeve for feasible options within the $50 range, I will be so very thankful.
On the other hand, maybe it will be worth it to stick with the booking. It is virtually the same price as a 4-course dinner at Eleven Madison Park, which I took my (Asian) parents and an aunt to last year. However, they did describe that experience as the best western food they've had in their lives. How Bouley would compare against that?