Lately, everyone's bitching about how tasting menus are too lengthy, too expensive, and, grievously, packed with too much food. This is serious. But you may be wondering, out of the fancy restaurants in the city, which boasts the most *oppressive* multicourse feast? Which chef is the most Stalin-esque? We've ranked New York's top tasting menus by the estimated length of the meal, the number of courses, and the cost, so you can choose your preferred form of pain. Keep in mind that some restaurants are listed twice because they have tiered tastings. And finally, if you're a true food-loving masochist (don't worry; this is a safe space) and want to seek out the most tortuous experience, we've created an unofficial Tyrannical Tasting Menu Index Number that takes all three factors into consideration.

**By Time:**

Blanca: Four hours

Per Se: Three and a half hours

Eleven Madison Park: Three to three and a half hours

Gramercy Tavern: Three hours

Momofuku Ko: Three hours

Chefs Table at Brooklyn Fare: Two and a half to three hours

Atera: Two and a half to three hours

Daniel: Two and a half to three hours

Marea: Two to two and a half hours for six-course tasting; two and a half to three hours for eight courses

Del Posto: Two and a half to three hours

Torrisi Italian Specialties: Two hours for seven-course tasting; two and a half for twenty courses

Le Bernardin: Two to two and a half hours

wd~50: Two hours for five-course tasting; two to two and a half hours for twelve courses

Battersby: Two hours for five-course tasting; two and a half for seven courses

Gwynnett St.: Two hours

Dovetail: One hour and 45 minutes to two hours and 45 minutes

Jean-Georges: One and a half to two hours for two to four people; three and a half to four hours for five to eight people

**By Number of Courses:**

Chefs Table at Brooklyn Fare: 24

Atera: 23 to 27

Blanca: Twentysomething

Torrisi: Twenty

Momofuku Ko: Sixteen

Eleven Madison Park: Fourteen to sixteen, depending on the season

wd~50: Twelve

Dovetail: Ten

Per Se: Nine

Gwynnett St.: Eight to nine

Marea: Eight

Del Posto: Eight

Battersby: Seven

Gramercy Tavern: Seven

Jean-Georges: Seven

Le Bernardin: Seven

Torrisi: Seven

Daniel: Six

Le Bernardin: Six

Marea: Six

Battersby: Five

Del Posto: Five

wd~50: Five

Jean-Georges: Three

**By Price:**

Per Se: $295

Chefs Table at Brooklyn Fare: $225

Daniel: $195

Eleven Madison Park: $195

Blanca: $180

Momofuku Ko: $175

Le Bernardin: $174

Jean-Georges: $168

Atera: $165

Del Posto: $165

Marea: $165

Torrisi: $160

wd~50: $155

Le Bernardin: $147

Marea: $135

Dovetail: $132

Jean-Georges: $118

Gramercy Tavern: $116 (chefs tasting)

Del Posto: $115

Gramercy Tavern: $98 (vegetable tasting)

wd~50: $90

Battersby: $85

Gwynnett St.: $85

Torrisi: $75

Battersby: $65

And now here they are in order of descending "tyranny," based on Grub Street's unofficial Tyrannical Tasting Menu Index Number*, a permutation that takes all three factors into consideration.

- 1) Blanca
- 2) Atera
- 3) Chefs Table at Brooklyn Fare
- 4) Torrisi Italian Specialties (twenty courses)
- 5) Eleven Madison Park
- 6) Momofuku Ko
- 7)
**[Tie]**Gwynnett St.; Gramercy Tavern (vegetable tasting menu) - 8) Battersby (seven courses)
- 9) Torrisi Italian Specialties (seven courses)
- 10) wd~50 (twelve courses)
- 11)
**[Tie]**Dovetail (ten courses); Gramercy Tavern (chef's tastings menu) - 12) Battersby (five courses)
- 13)
**[Tie]**Del Posto (eight courses); Marea (eight courses) - 14) Del Posto (five courses)
- 15) wd~50 (five courses)
- 16) Marea (six courses)
- 17) Per Se
- 18) Le Bernardin (seven-course chef's tasting)
- 19) Daniel
- 20) Jean Georges (seven courses)
- 21) Le Bernardin (six courses)
- 22) Jean-Georges (three courses)

**Notes on our calculations: In instances of tasting menus with varying levels of courses and/or varying estimated dining times, the larger numbers were used. In the case of a varying estimated tasting-menu time, such as the one at Dovetail, an average of the provided dinnertime duration was used. Some tasting menus, such at the one at Jean-Georges, take longer when the dinner party is larger; in these instances, the shorter time frame was used for calculation. Unless specified, the Grub Street Tyrannical Tasting Menu Index Number does not take into account parlor snacks, amuse bouches, "found food," bread-basket contents, butter pats, things in cruets, anything that was already on the table when you got there, nips, mignardises, after-dinner mints, take-home cookies, cakes, or lollies. Calculations do not include wine or cocktail pairings. All tyranny, real or otherwise, is subject to change.*

*This post has been updated to include Momofuku Ko's lunch menu (which is longer and more expensive than its dinner), at the suggestion of restaurant critics Pete Wells, Adam Platt, and others. *