18 Michelin-starred New York City restaurants where you can get lunch for $50 or less

Emilie BaltzLunch at Minetta Tavern costs just $US22.

Eating the best food in the world doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions.

As it turns out, there are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants around the world that are surprisingly affordable. Did you know that the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world, in Singapore, costs just $US2.20?

For those who don’t plan to travel that far, Business Insider teamed up with the discount website Vouchercloud to find out where the best deals are in New York City.

To produce the list, Vouchercloud looked at the price of a set lunch menu at every New York City restaurant included in this year’s Michelin Guide, or if there was no prix fixe lunch, the cheapest individual lunch item.

As it turns out, there are 18 Michelin-starred restaurants where you can eat lunch for $US50 or less – and eight where it will cost $US30 or less.

Here are the 18 cheapest Michelin-starred lunches in New York City, ranked from most to least expensive by the price of the cheapest à la carte lunch dish or prix fixe menu.


Ai Fiori, Manhattan — $US49

Liz Clayman

Cuisine: The restaurant says it “showcases the modern interpretations of French and Italian Riviera cuisine.”

Courses: Set menu of two courses, or three for $US68.

Time: Monday through Friday, noon to 2:30 p.m.


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Gotham Bar and Grill, Manhattan — $US48

Sarah Jacobs

Cuisine: Gotham Bar and Grill aims to be “reminiscent of the energy, feel and beauty of a Parisian brasserie.”

Courses: Set menu of three courses.

Time: Monday through Friday, noon to 2:15 p.m.


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Gramercy Tavern, Manhattan — $US48

Cuisine: Contemporary American cuisine.

Courses: Set menu of three courses.

Time: Every day, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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The Clocktower, Manhattan — $US45

Cuisine: “Modern cuisine with a palpable UK sensibility.”

Courses: Two courses from the lunch menu. No set menu.

Time: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Tempura Matsui, Manhattan — $US40

Tempura Matsui

Cuisine: Tempura, with batter “as thin as possible, to just coat the ingredient, and not weigh people down.”

Courses: Set menu of four courses.

Time: Tuesday through Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Saturday noon to 2:30 p.m.


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Café Boulud, Manhattan — $US39

Georgina Salter

Cuisine: “The finesse of traditional French cuisine with the warm hospitality of a neighbourhood café.”

Courses: Set menu of two courses, or three for $US45.

Time: Monday through Friday, noon to 2:30 p.m.


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Aureole, Manhattan — $US38

Cuisine: Expect the likes of sea bass with charred corn, pickled peach, barley, and tarragon, or amaretto carrot cake with carrot chips and crème fraîche semifreddo.

Courses: Set menu of two courses, or three for $US43.

Time: Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.


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Agern, Manhattan — $US38

Evan Sung

Cuisine: With its name meaning “acorn” in Danish, this “season-driven restaurant and bar” features “farmed and wild ingredients from the New York State region exposed to time-honored techniques, and flavours rooted in Nordic Cuisine.”

Courses: Set menu of two courses, or three for $US48.

Time: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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Nix, Manhattan — $US36

Cuisine: “With the belief that eating vegetarian or vegan should feel more celebration than sacrifice, Nix features dishes that are seasonal, shareable and highly flavourful.”

Courses: Six courses chosen by the kitchen. No set menu.

Time: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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NoMad, Manhattan — $US36

The NoMad

Cuisine: Enjoy the likes of radishes butter-dipped with fleur de sel followed by Cobb salad featuring soft-shell crab.

Courses: Two courses from the lunch menu. No set menu.

Time: Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m.


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Meadowsweet, Brooklyn — $US27

Evan Sung

Cuisine: Dig into burrata with autumn squashes, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, Calabrian chile peppers, and sage-walnut pesto, followed by the likes of roasted honey-nut squash with apple butter, maitake, cauliflower, barley, and truffle.

Courses: A starter and main from the lunch menu. No set menu.

Time: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Junoon, Manhattan — $US25

Junoon

Cuisine: Pick from appetizers like “Ghost Chilli Murgh Tikka” – made with tandoori chicken thigh, cranberry chutney, and fennel achaar – and mains like “Lal Mas,” which involves goat meat, red chilli sauce, garlic, coriander, and garam masala.

Courses: Set menu of two courses, or three for $US30.

Time: Every day from noon to 3 p.m.


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Minetta Tavern, Manhattan — $US22

Emilie Baltz

Cuisine: According to its website, “Minetta Tavern has best been described as ‘Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern.'”

Courses: Pasta or a burger from the lunch menu. No set menu.

Time: Wednesday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.


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Carbone, Manhattan — $US21

Cuisine: Italian-American.

Courses: Meatballs from the lunch menu. No set menu.

Time: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Peter Luger, Brooklyn — $US18.95

Cuisine: Classic American steakhouse.

Courses: Steak from the lunch menu. No set menu.

Time: Daily 11:45 a.m. (or 12:45 p.m. on Sundays) until 3:45 p.m.


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The Breslin, Manhattan — $US17

Cuisine: Contemporary, high-end British gastropub.

Courses: Frittata from the lunch menu. No set menu.

Time: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Delaware and Hudson, Brooklyn — $US12

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Cuisine: Delaware and Hudson serves “regional American food from the Mid-Atlantic states (from Baltimore to Buffalo).”

Courses: Buffalo wings from the lunch menu. No set menu.

Time: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Cafe China, Manhattan — $US11

Café China

Cuisine: Chinese.

Courses: Lunch special, including soup or a spring roll.

Time: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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