Eat and Drink NYC's best tasting menus under $50 By MELISSA KRAVITZ October 20, 2014 10:29 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email While prix-fixe menus are often the best way to try everything a chef has to offer, they can get pretty expensive. Some of the city's best tasting menus run over $300, but there are still plenty of excellent multi-course options at a fraction of the price. Check out these tasting menus under $50 for a delicious dinner that won't break the break (but may stuff your stomach). Middle Eastern Dinner at Mile End Deli, $40 Photo Credit: Mile End Deli Mile End's Manhattan location launched a new set menu this October, featuring five courses of tasty-- and apparently healthy-- Middle Eastern food. The menu starts off with crisp chickpeas and a lush spread of multicolored pickled veggies, from tomatoes to cauliflower, to enjoy with homemade pita and hummus. The next four family-style courses consist of fried sweet potatoes with spicy zhug, seared cauliflower with oranges and honey-harissa tahini dressing, a platted of grilled lamb merguez sausage and grated carrot salad with cumin and dates, ending with schwarma-spiced chicken with hearts of palm and preserved lemon. Choose a craft beer off the extensive beverage menu for your dinner indulgence. 10 Piece Chef's Omakase, $45 Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz For some of New York's best sushi, this 10-piece tasting menu at the East Village's Sushi Dojo is a steal. You'll have to make a reservation at the sushi counter at least a week in advance-- request to sit with Dave, the head chef -- but the wait is well worth it. Over the course of the tasting, you'll enjoy fantastic versions of familiar flavors as well as intriguing and even entertaining sushi, including a braided sardine or mico-shrimp, depending on the chef's mood. Gramercy Tavern's Today Menu, $48 Photo Credit: FLICKR/foodishfetish You don't have to shell out the requisite $92 for a three-course tasting at Gramercy Tavern . Instead, walk into the Tavern (unfortunately the lower-key side of the restaurant doesn't take reservations) rather than the Dining Room and get the menu of the day, featuring four seasonal, local courses for $48 after 5:30 p.m. Previous menus have included flounder with Brussels sprouts and snow peas, grilled goat with stuffed peppers and stewed cranberry beans as well as kale and squash salad with wild rice. 3 course menu at L'ecole, $44 Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/lecolenyc Try food from future star chefs at the International Culinary Center's restaurant, L'ecole. The student-chef led restaurant is perhaps one of the greatest secrets in New York for a gourmet menu served at a fraction of what it's worth. Dishes are sophisticated and complex-- if you didn't know L'ecole was connected to a school, albeit a highly renowned one, you could easily see the plates coming out at one of NYC's most prestigious dining rooms. Visit on Mondays for BYOB without corkage fees! Fixe Dinner at Delaware and Hudson, $48 Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/delawareandhudson Williamsburg farm-to-table restaurant Delaware and Hudson was awarded its first Michelin star in the 2015 guide, but still has an affordable tasting menu! The 38-seat restaurant serves sophisticated dishes made from seasonal, local ingredients, with a weekly changing menu depending on availability. October dishes have included ricotta dumplings with cured pork belly, swiss chard and pickled walnuts as well as roasted hen-of-the-woods mushrooms with parsnip puree, braised string beans and crispy shallots. 5 Course Tasting at Barboné, $42 Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/barbonenyc Head east to Avenue B, where Barboné serves homestyle Italian food focused on seasonal, organic ingredients. The five-course tasting menu will leave you stuffed with salad, pasta and hearty Italian specialties. If you're totally pasta focused, five courses of carbs (think Spaghetti alla Carbonara and Tagliatelle Bolognese) is only $39. Four-course Chef's Tasting Menu at The Saint Austere, $40 Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/The-Saint-Austere One of Williamsburg's best deals is found in the chef's menu at French-Spanish fusion restaurant The Saint Austere. Enjoy tapas-style dishes like patatas bravas with sriracha mayonnaise as well as heartier options like homemade cavatelli in oxtail ragu. By MELISSA KRAVITZ Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.