Choosing what to order at a restaurant is oftentimes the most stressful part of the evening — especially at highly-rated places where everything looks so good.
Tasting menus, which typically range from five to nine courses, not only allow diners to taste a variety of flavors, but provide chefs with a venue to showcase the many culinary skills in their wheelhouses.
Location intelligence company Foursquare combed through user ratings and comments from its city-guide app and its check-in app, Swarm, to compile a list of the best restaurants with tasting menus, where guests can experience the full range of dishes a spot offers all in one dinner.
From modern American fare to Spanish tapas, here are the best places in the US to check out for a top-notch tasting menu.
Location: San Francisco
Benu earned its three Michelin stars through an innovative mix of American and Asian cuisine, as demonstrated in dishes like thousand-year-old quail egg, frog's leg velvet with shiga rice, and sesame leaf ice cream. The tasting menu includes nine courses and costs $268 per person.
Location: New York City
Simple, yet elegant, Contra's minimalist design lets its adventurous tasting menu speak for itself. "The level of cooking is high-level," Jon Ferrer noted on Foursquare. "The desserts are inventive and delicious. Definitely add the bread into your meal — future you will thank you."
23. Mercat a la Planxa
Mercat a la Planxa brings the flavors of Barcelona straight to Chicago through menu items like flash-fried padrón peppers, paella with fresh chorizo and grilled rabbit loin, and patatas bravas: spicy potatoes topped with smoked paprika aioli. Diners can choose between the regular chef's tasting menu for $65 a pop or the luxury version, which goes up to $85 per person.
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