The French Culinary Institute is not only my future school, but it has also one of my favorite restaurants, (at least from the list of restaurants that I can afford on a regular basis) L'ecole.
The reviews for the restaurant are across the board, but honestly every single time I go, it's amazing. The menu changes seasonally, so you're always in for a surprise.
This is my super recommendation for an affordable five-course french experience. Make a reservation and go!
I ate: 1-Lobster Consommé with Lobster Tortellini 2-Smoked Scallops with Butternut Squash Purée, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate Vinaigrette 3-Sautéed Duck Breast with Mushroom-Fennel Ragoût and Cranberry-Orange Sauce 4-Digestive salad 5-Calvados Baba with Toasted Pinenuts, Apple Chips and Chestnut Ice Cream