|by Laura Buckley||Food + Drink, New York City, Food + Drink||17|
With its opaque windows, vaulted ceilings, and enormous sparkling chandelier, The Hurricane Club transports diners to another world: Hollywood in the '40s... A South Pacific beach club (minus the beach)... You take a seat and admire the view, ordering the croque monsieur spring rolls as a starter, the honey-glazed baby back ribs with Thai basil, mint, and lotus root as your entrée, and, what the heck, top it all off with a lovely piña colada sorbet for desert.
When the server comes to drop off the check, you hold your breath—you're on Park Avenue South and 26th Street in Manhattan, after all. And then you do a double-take: $35?! Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's not a dream, it's New York City Restaurant Week!
From July 11–24 (excluding Saturdays), more than 320 New York restaurants are offering prix fixe, three-course menus for lunch and dinner. Lunch is set at $24.07 and dinner is just $35, a total bargain. (Beverages and gratuity not included, natch.)
Most every cuisine is represented, ranging from steakhouse (Porter House New York) to Mexican (Pampano) to Vietnamese (Indochine). Reservations can be hard to come by, so book early and consider making reservations during off-times (e.g., around 6 p.m. or after 9 p.m.) to ensure you get a chance to dine at your restaurant of choice.
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