NYC's big, beautiful dining scene is yours for the taking during Restaurant Week
Keeping tabs on New York City's restaurants is something of a sport, and only those who are seriously committed to it can stay in the game. Committed and equipped with a massive disposable income, that is. But we’re happy to tell you that there are a few times a year when you don't have to run a hedge fund or a Madison Avenue advertising agency to indulge in everything NYC's countless talented chefs have to offer. Right now is one of those times. Reservations are now available for New York Restaurant Week—which is actually "Restaurant Weeks," running from July 23 through August 17. It's an opportunity for you to dine like you're going out for a special occasion, except you're not. Unless you consider Tuesday a special occasion.
A semi-annual happening, Restaurant Week offers world-class, fixed-price meals at almost 400 restaurants throughout New York City (you read that right!). This time around, you can get a three-course dinner for $42, as usual, but new in the event's 26th year is a two-course lunchtime menu, nixing the mandatory dessert course in favor of a speedier, healthier mid-day experience.
The menus at each location are tailored to the occasion, and we like to think of it as the ultimate free rein, especially since cost doesn't have to be a concern. (Within reason, of course—it's safe to assume that lobster or anything with black truffles comes with an extra charge.) If you’ve long been wanting try one of the city’s grand dame dining institutions, snag a reservation at 21 Club or the legendary Barbetta, or a modern classic like Mission Chinese Food or ABC Kitchen.
Italian dining fans can get their fix at any number of ristorantes, like the much beloved Scarpetta, and Francophiles can snag a table at buzzy establishments like Keith McNally's new Augustine or premiere poultry joint Le Coq Rico, as well as more laid back options like La Sirene. Curb your carnivorous cravings at chop houses like the Brazilian Churrascaria Plataforma, the Tribeca location of American Cut Steakhouse, or the always classy Delmonico's down by the hustle and bustle of Wall Street. Even restaurants by celebrity chefs have a strong representation among the choices. Daniel Boulud's group is rolling out the red carpet at Café Boulud as well as Bar Boulud, and Wolfgang Puck's Cut in lower Manhattan is participating as well.
Or you could use the time as an opportunity to explore global cuisines that aren't your standard go-to options. Babu Ji for specializes in Indian cooking, Schilling is Austrian, and French-Korean fusion is on the menu at Brasserie Seoul, to say nothing of the countless Asian, modern American, fusion, and Latin American restaurants on the roster.
So put aside some time to browse through the hundreds of options—and do it soon because restaurants book up—and bon appetit!
PS: While you’re getting an amazing deal, restaurant staff is working just as hard as they always do. Please keep that in mind when leaving gratuity.