UrbanDaddy, the DirtyDaddy of deal sites, is charging $175 for a four-course meal of corn, clams, pork and chocolate at Mario Batali’s Eataly. They toss in four beers as well. It’s a one-night-only event that includes tax & tip. Sure, an Eataly chef teaches you how to make these dishes. BUT REALLY. We think you and your date can teach yourselves how to steam clams and toss salad for less than $350. It ain’t that hard.
Here are some BETTER BATALI deals: For $75 bucks, you can do the 7-course tasting at Esca, which serves some of Manhattan’s best seafood. Add on the formal wine pairing at you’re at $161 after tax & tip. Or you could do Babbo’s eight-course tasting for $75. Or you could order Del Posto’s five-courser for $115. None of those menus are one-night-only jobs where you lose your $$$ if you don’t show up. None of those menus mandate beverage pairings. And all of those menus have stood the test of time. So go get yourself a real Batali meal. And skip out on this DirtyDaddy offer. It’s a BAD DEAL.