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 $42 or seven-courses for $53, including fine Italian fare such as duck ravioli and veal-and-buffalo-ricotta meatballs.
42 E. 20th St., nr. Park Ave; 212-477-0777
Sample chef Michael Anthony's more casual, five-course menu in the tavern section of his famed fine-dining establishment for just $58.
155 W. 51st St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-554-1515
The legendary seafood palace offers a $45 three-course tasting menu in its lounge area, which you can feel good about eating. Five dollars from each order will go to City Harvest, New York’s food rescue program.
60 Thompson St., nr. Broome St.; 212-219-2000
For just $55, you can try three courses of chef Ian Chalermkittichai's authentic, refined Thai cooking.