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post #16 of 29
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quote] Of course it depends on which restaurants you are going to, I'd imagine dining at Le Cirque would set you back as much as dining at any restaurant in Paris. [quote 
When the Euro first came out, it was priced at $1.03. Then, it promptly began sinking, bottoming out at 79 cents. Since then, it has been on the rise, now at about $1.34. I would say that if the Dollar and the Euro were at par, then the prices for NYC and Paris restaurants would be about the same. However, the current situation is that Paris costs about 35% more. In general, however, I think more French people are more willing to spend big money on food than Americans. However, you can eat quite well on the cheap in France, but rarely so here, except for breakfast and Krispy Kremes. I think that service is much better and much more respectful there, too. You get called "sir" and "madam" there, instead of "you guys."
post #17 of 29
That could certainly be true. My last trip to Paris was last November, at which time the Euro was at around $1.19, and since I was in Europe for six months and was being paid in Euro, I guess it didn't matter either way. My friends working in Europe who received Euro denominated offers when the Euro was < $1 are really really REALLY happy right now. I think you can still eat rather well for a low price here in the US, especially at ethnic restaurants, you just need to know where to go generally.
post #18 of 29
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(drizzt3117 @ 15 Dec. 2004, 1:15) quote] Of course it depends on which restaurants you are going to, I'd imagine dining at Le Cirque would set you back as much as dining at any restaurant in Paris. [quote
When the Euro first came out, it was priced at $1.03. Then, it promptly began sinking, bottoming out at 79 cents. Since then, it has been on the rise, now at about $1.34. I would say that if the Dollar and the Euro were at par, then the prices for NYC and Paris restaurants would be about the same. However, the current situation is that Paris costs about 35% more. In general, however, I think more French people are more willing to spend big money on food than Americans. However, you can eat quite well on the cheap in France, but rarely so here, except for breakfast and Krispy Kremes. I think that service is much better and much more respectful there, too. You get called "sir" and "madam" there, instead of "you guys."
I don't think any of the restaurants I went to in Manhattan, I was addressed as "hey guys" or even "wha can I get ya?" Jon.
post #19 of 29
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Hmm, I don't know that it would be cheaper to eat in Paris than NY, yes the dollar is weak, but the better restaurants in NYC are at least comparable if not more expensive than those in Paris/Lyon IMO.
May be if 1$=1 euro but not now. You can find exepensive restaurant in all cities but with the weak dollar, I guess that Paris is more expensive for top and bad restaurants. A big mac is 3.1 euros. How much is it in NY?
post #20 of 29
I haven't been to NYC in awhile but a couple years ago when I worked in NJ, big mac value meals were $5.79 while they were $3.19 in the midwest.
post #21 of 29
There's a number of places on Canal Street with excellent to-go meals for a $1.00 to $1.25 for a large serving of freshly made noodles. Or, Zabar's at 80th and Broadway has wonderful complete meals to-go for under $10. At GRAY'S PAPAYA. 2090 Broadway, Corner 71st New York NY (212) 799-0243 Open Daily 24 Hours 75 cents for a hot dog and w. 8th street--and a much better hot dog than the Varsity's.
post #22 of 29
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I haven't been to NYC in awhile but a couple years ago when I worked in NJ, big mac value meals were $5.79 while they were $3.19 in the midwest.
I am not talking about the menu, just the Big mac alone.
post #23 of 29
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I haven't been to NYC in awhile but a couple years ago when I worked in NJ, big mac value meals were $5.79 while they were $3.19 in the midwest.
A smaller menu than in US is here 6/6.5 euros.
post #24 of 29
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[quote I am not talking about the menu, just the Big mac alone.
How can anyone eat a Big Mac in a town where it is easy to find foie gras, pied de cochon, tripe, andouillette, rognon de veau, ris de veau, tete de veau, fromage de tete, etc?
post #25 of 29
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How can anyone eat a Big Mac in a town where it is easy to find foie gras, pied de cochon, tripe, andouillette, rognon de veau, ris de veau, tete de veau, fromage de tete, etc?
Because as The Economist has shown, the price of a Big Mac in different countries can be a pretty good indicator of how strong their respective currencies are
post #26 of 29
I would much rather eat a Big Mac than the stuff served by most French restaurants, and save the $200 or so to spend on clothes.
post #27 of 29
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(drizzt3117 @ 14 Dec. 2004, 9:36) Hmm, I don't know that it would be cheaper to eat in Paris than NY, yes the dollar is weak, but the better restaurants in NYC are at least comparable if not more expensive than those in Paris/Lyon IMO.
Lunch for two at the two-star Jamin cost $345, but they gave us free aperitifs, as it was Thanksgiving day. Lunch for two at the two-star Helene Darroze was much cheaper, but we only had tapas in the Salon. A bottle of Evian in the lobby restaurant of the Hotel Meurice was 11 Euro (about $14). Dinner for two at the two-star restaurant in our hotel, Les Elysees at the Vernet, cost 345 Euro ($485). Ernest and I are still reeling from the price for a bowl of the ice cream there; 18 euro, or about $25. They have a special for New Year's Eve-a multi course dinner for 395 Euro each, or only 495 Euro each with wines included for each course. In contrast, a dinner for five at Jean-Georges in New York cost $1,100.00 ($220 each).
i enjoy eating at french restaurant's and was lucky enough to get some amazing meals while i lived in france (including at guy savoy), but while the culture and people celebrate gastronomy moreso than we do in america (or most other places) i do not think that paris is more expensive than nyc on the very very high end (in terms of food or anything else for that matter--certainly it is much more expensive for me to survive day-to-day in manhattan than in paris), as this becomes all about the wine. places like danube, nobu, cipriani, masa (in the new time warner building), etc... can all run you thousands of dollars for dinner.
post #28 of 29
I think Alan Richman mentioned that his meal at Sushi Sakabune in LA (Masa) was something like $700/person or so for just the food. I imagine Masa is just as expensive. I think typically in Japanese restaurants the food represents most of the bill as opposed to French restaurants, where the wine is most of the bill.
post #29 of 29
Based on your tastes, it seems, I would add the following: Peter Elliot on Madison in the 80s, Silvano Lattanzi on Madison in the 70s, Turnbull & Asser, a couple stores down from Oxxford on 57th Street, the Weston store on Madison. Btw, there's also a Vacca at the corner of West Broadway and, I believe, Broome in Soho, if you want to go downtown. If you do go there, Seize sur Vingt is worth checking out on Elizabeth between Price and Spring.
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