Where to Splurge on Tasting Menus

No bones about it: Tasting menus are expensive. Depending on the swankiness of the joint, multicourse tastings can run anywhere to $100 to $200 a person. And that's before you pay for the wine.

So where are the worthwhile spots to drop such coin? Multiple hounds recommend the following spots:

• Craigie on Main, where the six-course tasting will set you back $90, and the ten-course $115. "All my best meals at Craigie have been the blind tastings," avows kimfair1. "A six course usually contains at least an extra amuse, and usually something else extra at the end. Chef Tony Maws will usually personally deliver the final savory course of the evening."

• Clio, where a nine-course tasting is $105, and the fourteen-course $135. "IMHO, that's the way to experience Clio," says lipoff. "Ken Oringer really pulls out the stops on the tasting menu, and I think his molecular gastronomy food shows best in that format."

• L'Espalier, which has a Spring Degustation for $104 and a "tasting journey" at $185 that joth68 says is well worth it.

Craigie on Main [Cambridge]
863 Main Street, Cambridge
617-497-5511

Clio [Back Bay]
370-A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
617-536-7200

L'Espalier [Back Bay]
774 Boylston Street, Boston
617-262-3023

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