While the coronavirus has forced some restaurants across the country to shut their doors to in-house dining, many have turned their efforts to delivery or takeout.
Some of these restaurants happen to be some of the best in America with a few carrying Michelin stars. And, most have significantly reduced their takeout menu prices.
Acadia in Chicago
Until it was forced to close earlier this month, this contemporary American restaurant, awarded two Michelin stars, served a single 16-course seasonal tasting menu for dinner, featuring dishes like Aleutian crab, brioche, hollandaise, beer and brown butter, and pork belly, sprout leaves, brisket and chowder for $215 per person.
It has pivoted temporarily to curbside takeout, featuring considerably simpler fare (and less expensive), like spicy cumin lamb noodles ($12) and a lobster grilled cheese sandwich with chips ($16).
Addo in Seattle
Self-described as "a restaurant that specializes in tasting menus, experiences, and rad times," Addo usually offers several different 20-course themed tasting menus (such as "Silva — The Story of Washington" and "Video Games: An Edible History"), at $185 per person.
A currently available alternative is Adda@home, the restaurant's version of a meal plan. For $95, Addo will prepare three meals, available for pickup or delivery, ready at the same time and date. The meals "will require gentle heating or a mix or two."
Alinea in Chicago
Chef Grant Achatz's highly acclaimed restaurant, Chicago's only Michelin three-star, usually serves multi-course tasting menus of varying lengths priced from $210 to $395 per person, including tax and tip.
After it closed, it started offering prepaid pickup "Comfort Food from Alinea" — a meal of beef short rib Wellington with a side of 50-50 mashed potatoes (half potatoes, half butter) and crème brûlée for dessert, for $34.95 per person.
The bad news? It sold out almost immediately through the end of April — but there is a waiting list.
Atelier Crenn in San Francisco
When Dominique Crenn was awarded a third Michelin star in 2018, she became the first woman in America to win that honor. Her multi-course tasting menus range from $345 to $475 per person (though the menu at the adjacent Bar Crenn, which has one star, is only $225).
Now, diners can get takeout Crenn Kits for $35 and $55. The less expensive option includes soup and a mini-brioche, vegetable lasagna, and dessert. The other has the same soup and brioche, vegetable fricassée, a cheese course with a baguette, and dessert. Crenn also offers several wine baskets to go.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York
The ultimate farm-to-table restaurant, Blue Hill (with two Michelin stars) is on the grounds of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 30 miles north of New York City. Almost everything served on its multi-course, strictly seasonal tasting menu — priced at $278 per person — is grown, raised or produced on the property.
To meet the challenge of providing a pickup meal, the restaurant assembles a daily "resourceED box" called "The Restaurant," enough to feed two to four people, for a total of $50. Though no specifics are given, the ingredients — which include broth, vegetables, protein and grains, among other things — add up to a "make-your-own hotpot."
Canlis in Seattle
This emblematic Pacific Northwestern classic suspended regular operations the week of March 9, posting a message on its website saying that "fine dining is not what Seattle needs right now."
In place of its usual in-dining-room tasting menu ($135 for four courses), it has now set up three new options (weekdays only): Drive On Thru, serving a burger or veggie melt with fries ($14) and the famed Canlis salad ($12); The Bagel Shed, with a menu of bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee; and Family Meal, a daily changing dinner complete with a bottle of wine for home delivery (prices aren't specified for The Bagel Shed or Family Meal).
Commander's Palace in New Orleans
Founded in 1893, this Garden District landmark, where Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, among other luminaries, once ran the kitchen, is arguably the fanciest restaurant in New Orleans. Under ordinary circumstances, Commander's offers a $95 seven-course tasting menu, as well as à la carte choices priced from $36 to $44.
With the dining room closed, the restaurant switched over to offering a frequently changing to-go menu, with appetizers priced from $9 to $15 and main dishes under $30 (except for filet mignon and eggs at $44). Also available are "family meals" to feed four, priced at $69 and $99, and wine and beer by the bottle.
Dialogue in Los Angeles
At this 18-seat Michelin-starred restaurant, the seasonal tasting menu runs $235. Until it's possible to serve in the restaurant again, though, Dialogue is selling two different three-course meals for $35 per person.
Current offerings are pork belly with braised tomatoes, roasted broccoli and gnocchi, and a slice of burnt Basque cheesecake and a vegetarian option including Midnight Moon goat cheese, salad of spigarello (a leafy broccoli), kale and hazelnuts and the same cheesecake. Wine, sake and beer by the bottle are also available.
Manresa in Los Gatos, California
This Michelin three-star restaurarnt near San Jose usually serves a $185 tasting menu based on seasonal produce. While it's shuttered, instead it's selling "family meals."
The standard option currently includes lasagna bolognese, Dijon-style green beans, kale and parmesan salad, focaccia with fennel and chocolate chip cookies ($53 per person). A vegetarian alternative substitutes zucchini and romanesco broccoli lasagna ($48 per person). Wines are also available for pickup.
n/naka in Los Angeles
A Michelin two-star restaurant with a modern kaiseki menu, n/naki ordinarily offers 13-course tasting menus at $225 (for the vegetarian option) or $275.
For now, though, it's making bento boxes available for pickup. The particulars might change, but the restaurant promises "an assortment of Japanese comfort foods" including things like sashimi salad, shoyu koji roasted sweet potato, panko-fried shrimp with sesame aïoli and grilled miso black cod with sunchoke purée. The cost is $38 per person.
The NoMad in New York City
Though he is no longer involved with the restaurant, The NoMad was opened by chef Daniel Humm, who has three Michelin stars at his Eleven Madison Park.
His most famous creation for the NoMad menu was a whole roasted chicken for two, stuffed under the skin with a mixture of foie gras, black truffles and brioche crumbs. It's priced at $98 when the restaurant is open for business. It's also the sole item The NoMad is currently selling for pickup. The price is $30 per person (so $60 for the whole bird) or $40 per person with sides and dessert.
Nonesuch in Oklahoma City
The capital of Oklahoma might not be the first place people think of for a refined tasting-menu, but in 2018 Bon Appétit named this 20-seat establishment the best new restaurant in America.
Its 10-course menu goes for $110 per person. On March 19, however, after shutting down its dining room, Nonesuch began offering a limited menu for pickup (with delivery promised for the future). Sample offerings: bison broth ($8 per quart), grilled vegetables with yogurt and seasoned bread crumbs ($15) and okonomoyaki (Japanese pancake) with pork belly and Szechuan pickles ($15).
Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York
This iconic New York steakhouse, established in 1887, doesn't offer tasting menus, but a prime steak for two costs $114.90 and a wedge salad with bacon, tomatoes and blue cheese goes for $19.95. The restaurant doesn't take credit cards, just cash, checks, debit cards or house charge cards.
Much of the regular menu is now available for takeout, but prices are the same as they were for dine-in. Besides steak and salads, choices include a burger for $16.95 ($22.40 for a cheeseburger with fries) and six jumbo shrimp for $29.95.
Pineapple and Pearls in Washington D.C.
With two Michelin stars, this restaurant offers "elegant yet playful" tasting menus of about nine courses priced at $325 per person, with drinks included. (A shorter menu is served at the bar for $150 per person, without drinks.)
While it isn't selling takeout meals directly, the same owners' catering operation, Rose's at Home, is offering delivery of two-night and three-night packages. Such dishes as lychee salad with pork sausage, baked rigatoni alla vodka with garlic bread and pickle-brined fried chicken are on the menus.
An eight-course Pineapple and Pearls menu, delivered, is also available from Rose's at $250 per person ($300 on weekends).
SingleThread Farm - Restaurant - Inn in Healdsburg, California
The 11-course tasting menu at this Michelin-three-star restaurant in Sonoma County wine country is priced at $330 per person.
The restaurant's to-go program now offers a changing menu of complete dinners for four that are built around main dishes like hearth-roasted turbot, organic Petaluma chicken, or pork, shrimp and scallop gyoza hotpot for $75.
The restaurant also gives patrons the chance to buy meals to be provided to seniors and needy families in the hospitality, viticultural and agricultural industries.
Spago in Beverly Hills
The flagship of Wolfgang Puck's restaurant empire, considered one of the world's most influential restaurants of the past 30 years, Spago is offering some of its classic dishes for both curbside pickup and delivery.
The price is $59 for a three-course meal. Among the choices are braised short rib ravioli or petite smoked salmon pizza as an appetizer and almond-crusted Ora King salmon or 38-day-dry-aged prime New York Steak as a main course, with Della's Chocolate Truffle Cake for dessert.
Sushi Ginza Onodera in Los Angeles
This is hardly your standard takeout and delivery sushi parlor. A seasonal omakase (chef's choice) menu costs $300 per person, with course extensions for $100 and $150.
While this Michelin two-star restaurant is closed for regular business, it's making a limited menu available for pickup. This includes a futomaki (maki sushi roll) assortment at $80, an appetizer combination (spear squid, monkfish liver and abalone) at $85 and a mixed sushi chirashi bowl at $150.
Vespertine in Los Angeles
Holding two Michelin stars and named the single best restaurant in Los Angeles by the late Pulitzer-Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold in 2017, Vespertine describes itself as "a gastronomical experience seeking to disrupt the course of the modern restaurant." In ordinary times, the multi-course tasting menu runs $295 per diner.
The restaurant, however, is currently serving family-style dinners for pickup or delivery, comprised of wagyu beef brisket, crispy-skin chicken thighs, salads of organic lettuces and greens and roasted black carrots, delicata squash gratin, Anson Mills farro risotto and chocolate chip cookies and a brownie — all for $49 per person.