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Manhattan with a strict budget and stricter goal

Rensis_Likert | Feb 18, 201002:29 PM

I've been lurking the boards here for a while in preparation for a trip to NYC in April. I have a unique goal where I'm not necessarily looking for the best "whatever," but moreover I'm looking to weave together a memorable trip with contrasting and varied cuisines representative of NYC on a very limited budget of $200 (for one person) or under. Just as the interplay of courses over a meal can dance together picking up strengths and weaknesses from each other I'm looking to parallel that notion over different dining experiences.

For reference on my tastes: I'm most interested in meals that can bring out the natural wonderfulness of the star ingredient. I'm not against complex or even fusion-y dishes as long as there is a unified vision and robust flavour. But again, this is about overall experience, not a specific detail or even style of cuisine. I enjoyed Shopsin's on my last trip for the show and food. I'm not interested in steak, sushi or heavy seafood during my stay.

Here's what I'm thinking about. I'm interested in hearing how you would spend your $200 to create an experience or a critique of my ideas. Do you have a singular experience that covers the entire budget but blows your mind...or 25 food stands, or something else entirely.

$20 at Clinton St. Baking Co. (blueberry pancakes)
$10 Shake Shack
$20 for a late-night marrow snack at Blue Ribbon
$20 for pizza at Patsy's in East Harlem
$50 Degustation 5-course tasting menu
$50 Convivio Prix Fixe lunch.
$30 Jean-Georges lunch

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