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8 Michelin Lunches in New York for $50 or Less

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8 Michelin Lunches in New York for $50 or Less
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Wondering where to eat in New York? The Big Apple boasts one of the world's finest dining scenes with a seemingly endless array of cusines and restaurants to choose from. New York has 76 Michelin–starred restaurants as of the last guide (six three star, 10 two star and 60 one star), but if you want a Michelin–standard lunch without the price tag, where do you go?

You could try the lounge menu at three star Le Bernardin, or of course, any one of New York's high end sushi stops, providing you order frugally and avoid the omakase. However, we've compiled a list of eight Michelin restaurants in New York (sorry, all Manhattan) where you can enjoy a full lunch for under $50 (excluding wine and service). Find out where to eat in New York without completely cleaning out your bank account.

Planning a trip to London? Check out our guide to 8 Michelin lunches in London for $50 or less.


8 Michelin lunches in New York for $50 or less


Ai Fiori

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Enjoy one Michelin star French and Italian Riviera fare from chef Michael White, including agnello (lamb, above) and branzino (sea bass) for $49 for two courses, or an express lunch for $29.





Mario Batali and Jo Bastianich's Greenwich Village Italian offers a four–course tasting menu, including pork with chanterelles and guineafowl for a reasonable $49.





Enjoy two courses of Bryce Shuman's modern American flavours in sumptous Midtown surroundings for $49.



Café China

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Spicy Szechuan à la carte, where you can easily eat well for under $50, and remember, "no tipping."



Gotham Bar and Grill

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A short hop from Babbo, enjoy the famous three–course Greenmarket Lunch, including Nova Scotia Halibut and Argentine Shrimp Cerviche for $38.





One michelin star Indian dining without the Michelin price tag. At $25 for two courses and $30 for three, its worth spending the extra $5. Try eggplant chaat, followed by murgh lababdar and saffron phirni.





Okay so this ever so slightly over budget, but it's worth loosening the purse strings for Michael White's two star Italian seafood, at $52 for primo and secondi.



The Spotted Pig

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One star pub grub from British chef April Bloomfield, including seared mackerel and superior grilled cheese sandwich, with plates coming in at $16 – $25.


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