Earlier this week, Sam Sifton filed a glowing three star review of Cesar Ramirez's small fine dining concept The Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare. This sort of acclaim has become common for the restaurant — it nabbed three stars from New York in November and an astonishing two stars from the Michelin Guide last October. Now we learn that starting in June, the price of the 20-course tasting menu will jump to $185 from $165, a 12% increase. The news comes via The Price Hike, a new Tumblr blog from Bloomberg critic Ryan Sutton, who has an eagle-eye for these kind of things.
As Sutton notes, it's still something of a value at $185, considering the quality of the food, the intimate experience, and its BYOB policy. But will Brooklyn Fare raise the price even more once they do secure that wine license later this summer? Del Posto also just raised their dinner menu to $115 from $95 following a stellar four-star review from Sifton.
While both restaurants are still riding high on great critical acclaim, these sort of transitions don't always work out, as was the case with Steve Hanson's Fiamma. That restaurant bumped up the price of its prix fixe menu after a good review from Frank Bruni in 2008, and were quickly forced to bring it back down after customers were outraged by the hike.
· The Price Hike [Tumblr]
· All Coverage of Brooklyn Fare [~ENY~]
[Photo: Brooklyn Paper]