Best Cheap Prix-Fixe Dinners in NYC

September 11, 2013
by Zagat Staff

Prix-fixe on a penny is possible at these restaurants in NYC.

Sushi Yasuda
Japanese · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

“Sushi of your dreams” awaits at this “hidden jewel” near Grand Central, where disciples of the namesake master chef craft “heavenly” traditional cuts in a “spare, Zen” setting run by an “efficiently courteous” crew; “the price matches the quality” , so “be ready to spend a bundle” – especially if you “go for omakase” at the bar.
Sushi Ann
Japanese · East 50s · $$

French · Long Island City · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

For a taste of “Paris in Queens” , check out this “convivial” LIC bistro offering “magnifique” French fare at “easy-on-the-pocketbook” rates; yes, the “cramped space” means “you really have to like your neighbor” , but the “warm welcome” from a “most pleasant” staff compensates.
Yerba Buena
Latin American · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.0

Chef Julian Medina delivers “inventive” Pan-Latin fare matched with “creative drinks” at this “stylish” spot staffed by a “helpful” crew; just be aware that the setting is “tight” and the “noise level rises a few decibels” as the night wears on.
Italian · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

“Reliable” “all-around quality” marks this “upscale” Midtown Italian “standby” , where “delicious” Venetian specialties are “served with panache” to “pre-theater” and “business” types; the “serene” space with its “impressive” Grand Canal mural is “pretty” enough to help you forget the “expense account” –ready prices.
Etcetera Etcetera
Italian · West 40s · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

“Casual” but “lively” , this Midtown Italian features a “modern” menu that’s a match for its “contemporary” looks; “splendid” , “get-you-to-the-theater-on-time” service makes up for “noisy” acoustics, though regulars say it’s “quieter upstairs.”
Brasserie 8 1/2
French · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

Make an “entrance” down a “sweeping stairway” at this subterranean Midtown brasserie that provides “delicious” French fare, prix fixe “steals” and “cordial” service in “charming” , “elegant” environs with “fine art on display” ; it’s a “haven” for “conversational dining” , albeit with a “busy” post-work bar scene.