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The Michelin Guide is considered by some to be the holy grail of restaurant rankings. A coveted star can instantaneously bump a restaurant from anonymity to impossible-to-book.This year in New York City, only five restaurants were awarded the highest designation of three stars, and another 10 earned two stars.
Of course, a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant generally comes with a hefty price tag. A few, like one-starred Del Posto, serve extravagant tasting menus that cost well over $1,000.
Fortunately, there are some Michelin-rated restaurants out there that also come at a great value. We checked the starred restaurants against Zagat‘s cost estimates, which include a meal, one drink, and tip.
There are nine New York City restaurants where you can get a Michelin-rated meal for $60 or less, not a bad deal when you consider that its the most expensive city in America. If you want two-star food, your cheapest option is Soto, where an average meal costs $86.
1420 Third Ave.
The scoop: This sophisticated spot on the Upper East Side dishes up authentic Persian cuisine at reasonable prices.
Best meal for your buck: Try the Shalizar chicken, prepared in two ways ($22).
104-02 Metropolitan Ave., Queens
The scoop: Another newcomer to the Michelin list, this Queens hotspot is known for its European cuisine with a modern twist.
Best meal for your buck: The grilled calamari small plate ($10) and chicken 'under a brick' ($23).
314 W. 11th St.
The scoop: This West Village 'gastropub' from British chef April Bloomfield is always crowded but worth the wait.
Best meal for your buck: The chargrilled burger with Roquefort ($17), but don't ask to hold the cheese.
15 Irving Pl.
The scoop: Mario Batali's tiny tapas spot in Gramercy is always packed, so call ahead.
Best meal for your buck: The small plates are all winners, but the duck egg ($16) and mussels ($15) get rave reviews.
149 Broadway (bet. Bedford & Driggs Aves.), Brooklyn
The scoop: Dressler, in Williamsburg, serves new American cuisine in a hip setting.
Best meal for your buck: Ask for the Long Island duck breast ($26) and finish off your meal with the lemon meringue pie, which is slathered in coconut cream ($10).
428 Greenwich St.
The scoop: This Tribeca gem serves Japanese fare with an Italian twist.
Best meal for your buck: All the seafood is stellar; try the ceviche appetizer ($12.50) or grilled fish ($16).
Time Warner centre, 10 Columbus Circle, 4th fl.
The scoop: This may be one of the priciest meals in Manhattan, but Chef Masayoshi Takayama's set-menu masterpieces are worth saving up for.
Best meal for your buck: Multi-course prix fixe menus cost between $400 and $600.
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