Eater patron saint/actress/cookbook author Gwyneth Paltrow is into tasting menus now. In the latest issue of her lifestyle newsletter GOOP, Paltrow lists 11 tasting menus for $100 or less that show how tasting menus have been "deconstructed and deformalized to become a way for young, ambitious chefs to showcase their artistry in a very accessible way." Among the U.S. restaurants that made the cut are the newly opened Orsa & Winston in Los Angeles, the Michelin-starred Aska in Brooklyn, Commonwealth in San Francisco, and the buzzy Trois Mec in Los Angeles. International choices include The Clove Club in London and Septime in Paris. Below, the full list along with choice descriptions from the writeups:
1. Orsa & Winston, Los Angeles: "at just $60 a person is a deal."
2. Trois Mec, Los Angeles: "it's in a strip mall, which isn't weird by LA standards."
3. Commonwealth, San Francisco: "The food is serious."
4. Chez Jose, Brooklyn: "The coolest part is that they are a two-person show (boyfriend and girlfriend)."
5. Aska, Brooklyn: "feels natural and woodsy."
6. Battersby, Brooklyn: "The menu is au courant."
7. Septime, Paris: "go for the menu 'surprise'."
8. Frenchie, Paris: "succinct set menu."
9. Dabbous, London: "It can still be difficult to get a table."
10. Restaurant Story, London: "youthful with a playful menu."
11. The Clove Club, London: "short but exciting set menu."