11/09/2012 04:27:00 PM

Truffles Take Manhattan (and LIC) at Special Dinners

It's white truffle season around NYC, and restaurants are breaking out the shavers to slice some right over your plate. Of course, this special ingredient is priced at a premium, but devoted fans know that it's worth the extra dough. Since they only come along once a year, we're thinking there's nothing wrong with a little splurge. Here are three options to get your fix:

On Monday, Jonathan Benno will host a five-course truffle dinner at Lincoln Ristorante. We all know he's the chef there, but Benno is also the "World Ambassador of White Truffles of Alba" (yes, that's a thing). The dinner will feature the chef's cooking paired with wines from Piemonte. It's $285 per person and a wine reception starts at 7 PM (212-359-6500)

Maialino just launched a new winter truffle tasting menu that features four courses of pasta that comes with freshly shaved cocktail plus a dessert. The meal is $200 per person and is available every night (212-777-2410).

If you want to hit some funky truffles but aren't so into spending hundreds of dollars, Trufflemania hits the LIC Market this Saturday. The four-course menu will feature white and black truffles, which will be paired with locally sourced goods from the Tri-State area. There are seatings at 6 and 9 PM and the meal is $65 per person (718-361-0013).

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