The Cheapest Michelin-Starred Meals In New York City


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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.

An average meal at Laut costs $28

15 E. 17th St.

The scoop: A newcomer to the Michelin list, Laut serves an eclectic array of Asian cuisines, including Malaysian, Singaporean, and Thai.

Best meal for your buck: New York Magazine called its Asam Laksa noodle soup ($11) one of the 50 'tastiest soups in the city.'

An average meal at Shalezeh costs $42

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).

An average meal at Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen costs $48

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).

An average meal at The Spotted Pig costs $48

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.

An average meal at The Breslin costs $53

6 W. 29th St.

The scoop: April Bloomfield is also behind the scene-y eatery in the Ace Hotel; the menu is distinctly pork-centric.

Best meal for your buck: The super-juicy lamb burger ($17).

An average meal at Casa Mono costs $57

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.

An average meal at Dressler costs $58

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).

An average meal at Public costs $58

210 Elizabeth St.

The scoop: A NoLiTa eatery that serves eclectic food in an eclectic setting.

Best meal for your buck: Go for the grilled scallops with sweet chilli sauce ($14.50).

An average meal at Sushi Azabu costs $60

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).

BONUS: The most expensive Michelin meal in New York is served at Masa and costs $520

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.

If you're looking for somewhere to eat this summer

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