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Carlton Hotel Restaurant Offers $1.25 Prix Fixe Menu

By Mary Johnson | May 16, 2012 3:46pm

MANHATTAN — Diners with expensive tastes and limited budgets will have cause to celebrate on Thursday.

A Murray Hill restaurant nestled inside the Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue will offer a three-course prix fixe menu during both lunch and dinner for a mere $1.25, the blog MadParkNews reported.

Millesime, a French seafood restaurant that Esquire magazine named as among the best new restaurants of 2011, is offering the eye-popping deal to celebrate the opening of a new entrance to the eatery on East 29th Street.

The 29th Street entrance has not been open to the public since 1904, the year the hotel was built, the restaurant said on its Facebook page. So the staff at Millesime — which is French for "vintage" — has decided to treat diners to 1904 prices.

The $1.25 menu will include one oyster Rockefeller, a choice of lamb stew or chicken Marengo and an ice cream sundae dessert.

Beverages are not included in the deal, and reservations will not be accepted, the restaurant said.

The $1.25 pricing is a stark departure from the restaurant's existing menu, which ranges from $16 for tuna tartare to $45 for sirloin steak au poivre — all of which will still be available for diners who aren't interested in snagging a bargain on Thursday.