Weeks ago, a reader who doesn’t work at the Palm wrote in with this tip: “Have you been to the Palm for its Prime Trime [pictured]? What a deal! From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, all of the appetizers and small plates are $3.50 a plate. My husband and I bring the kids and we fill up for $40. The oysters are $1 a piece and the shrimp are $2 a piece. I think it’s the best deal by far in Tribeca.” I had not been! And I still haven’t! My partner won’t let me eat dinner at 5 p.m., much as I’d like to (I’m going to fit right in at the Hallmark one day). Actually, I just noticed on the Palm’s website that Prime Bites are also available from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., but no way am I still up at that point.
I filed it away, thinking I’d write about all the deals in the neighborhood:
••• Bouley‘s $36, five-course “spring lunch” (menu here, and it looks tasty).
••• Marc Forgione‘s all-you-can-eat suckling-pig sliders on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ($16, with all-you-can-drink Brooklyn Lager for $14) or its three-course Sunday suppers for $39.
••• Kori‘s $10–$12 lunch box.
••• Columbine‘s discounting of prepared salads and sandwiches by 50% after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all prepared food half off after 4 p.m. on Friday. Including cookies! Although I do wish the young women who work there would perk up. I think of them as the Sisters Grim (to steal a line from “Absolutely Fabulous”).
But if I were going to write about the deals, I’d have to try them all, right? If not, how much more to the article would there be than the paragraph I just wrote above? So I figured I’d throw it out there: What are the best restaurant deals these days? I’m a slave to OpenTable‘s Dining Rewards and I love Blackboard Eats, but which neighborhood restaurants have deals you go out of your way for? Has anyone tried any of the ones above?