We’ve had the good fortune of attending an excellent benefit dinner at Hearth recently, and rest assured, these guys get it right. We’re calling this one a GOOD DEAL. Oh, and in case you’re interested, this is an NYC Food Flood event, “a relief effort to feed New Yorkers in need.” The group was founded by Chefs Andrew Carmellini, George Mendes, Seamus Mullen and Marco Canora in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Why? Because that’s how they roll.
Sirio Maccioni’s Le Cirque, a restaurant so famous they made an HBO documentary about it, recently increased the price of its tasting menu to $135, a modest $10 hike. The shorter set menu rose to $95, a modest $3 hike. I’ll call this one a BUY because hey, no one knows how much longer this fine, storied place is going to be around. After all, Le Cirque is offering 30% off every bill if the booking is made through Savored, an OpenTable.com-style site that sells discounted reservations for $10 bucks, so on that note, we’ll also call it a GOOD DEAL. Some observations: