246 E. 51st St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-644-8330
$50 gets you a whopping seven courses of true Indian home cooking, not the trumped-up fusion fare that's become so pervasive.
186 Ave. B, nr. 12th St.; 212-254-6047
Choose from a five-course tasting menu for $39 or a five-course pasta one for $37 at this hearty Italian restaurant.
90 Wythe Ave., at N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 347-286-6241
It's no wonder this Nordic pop-up is booked solid for months when a five-course prix fixe goes for $45.
L’Ecole at the French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway, at Grand St.; 212-219-3300
A classic fallback: five courses for $42—prepared by students in their final stages of training.
60 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012 nr. Broome St.; 212-219-2000
For just $35, you can sample four courses of chef Ian Chalermkittichai's authentic, refined Thai cooking.