This year, the list of restaurant week promotions includes $85 menus from Cut, Patina, Mélisse, mar/sel, Valentino and Spago. An $85 dinner is not cheap by anybody's standard, but the Restaurant Week menus do represent a way to experience some of the dearest dining rooms in town. (Mélisse's lowest-priced tasting menu, for example, is usually $125.) Of the six, the tasting menu at Spago strikes me as an especially good option, a chance to taste some of the restaurant's best dishes at an almost reasonable price.
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