Pay Your Age
Whether you were going with your boys, or on a not-first date, the only downside to the comfortably classy Park Avenue Café's "Pay Your Age" prix fixe was that they never offered cheap booze to wash down your foie gras. Now, they do. If you're not familiar, PAC's PYA program offers diners an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for only $(insert age here) -- as opposed to the menu price of ~ $70. Grab the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare (w/ Capers, Pickled Mango, and Fingerling Chips), the Filet Mignon (w/ Onion-Marrow Marmalade and Crispy Onion Rings), and a monstrous Sundae -- if you're not a shockingly prune-faced Thrillist reader you'll pay about the same as you would at TGI Olivebee's. The only stipulations: the deal's only good after 8:30pm, and the minimum's $25 (sorry, Columbia/Hunter College/P.S. 72 students). The new twist to this old special: the restaurant's also got your alcoholism surreptitiously covered. Each day as part of the prix-fixe, they'll discount a different bottle of wine. The discount's often substantial, but it's not advertised. In fact, it's so under-the-radar, some of the staff aren't even aware of it. So make sure you use your most authoritative ordering voice, or "Pay Your Age" will quickly become "Pay Your Weight".