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A bargain is a relative thing. Five juicy Chinatown fried pork dumplings for a dollar is a great deal, but so—at the other end of the spectrum—is Scott Conant’s four-course $49 prix fixe at L’Impero. In contrast to those restrictive prix fixe menus that limit your choices to humdrum chicken or salmon for simpletons, the entire menu is yours for the picking: Choose an appetizer (truffle-scented mushroom fricassee with polenta, say), a pasta (we’re partial to the duck-and-foie-gras agnolotti and the deeply satisfying spaghetti), a main course (roasted baby goat is the house specialty), and dessert (repeat after us: sesame-seeded baklava). A few of the pricier items carry a supplement, but if you start feeling guilty, economize with a $9 carafe of house wine. Chances are you’ll learn something—partner Chris Cannon finds some really interesting, unfamiliar labels, rotating them almost every day. Bet you didn’t bargain on that..
Best Bargain Prix Fixe
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.