Best Recession Specials

I'm traveling to the city in a few weeks for what will inevitably be a major eating blowout, and I'm looking forward to trying a few fancy-pants places that I can't normally afford. I've heard alot of rumors about recession specials around town, but haven't gotten any definitive advice. The Times article a few weeks ago was good, but certainly not comprehensive, and the New York Post list is from November, so likely outdated. Where are the best specials (lunch, dinner or brunch)? Which ones should be avoided? I'm looking for bang for my buck, meaning I can spend a few, but it better be worth it (i.e. smaller portions don't equal special value to me.)

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