Dessert First

Almond Fritters with Azuki Bean Syrup at Nobuo Teeter House

With James Beard Award-winning Chef Nobuo Fukuda at the helm, it's no wonder that Nobuo Teeter House has one of the best restaurant reputations in town. However, it seems like every time someone says, "Their food is absolutely incredible," the high praise is followed by, "...but so expensive." Served tapas-style, the small plates -- at $6 to $26 a pop -- can add up quickly. There's also a four-course sample tasting menu available on Fridays and Saturdays for $60 (not including drinks or the recommended add-ons).

We're always trying to find ways to enjoy top-notch cuisine at affordable prices, and Nobuo is surprisingly agreeable, offering a few ways to enjoy its impeccable menu without breaking the bank. (Check out how to score lunch at Nobuo for $10.) And we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it's possible to cap off your evening with a $6 dessert there. Of course with that kind of steal, we had to taste two to find out if one -- or both of them -- is worthy of a visit on its own.

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Dominique Chatterjee