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Lucien: Tasting menu or A la Carte?

joy_of_eating | Jun 10, 2008 12:22 PM

I'm thinking of Lucien for a birthday dinner tonight.
From their website it looks like the price of the 3 course tasting menu is about equal to ordering 3 courses a la carte. Does anybody know if the tasting menu includes any extra bells and whistles (amuse, sorbet, what-have-you) that might make it a better choice?
I'd also love any recommendations for specific menu items.
I'm a little dubious about Lucien, as I thought Scott Wood's cooking at Habitat was pretentious. But I really like emphasis on local & artisanal approach he seems to be taking at Lucien.

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