This winter, New York Restaurant Week returns to the great satisfaction of NYC gourmands. Almost 400 restaurants will participate in this latest semi-annual week-long event.
If you’re unfamiliar with the joys of Restaurant Week–so-called “week”, since it’s technically two-weeks–the concept is simple. From Monday, January 23rd to Friday, February 10th, participating restaurants will offer affordable prix fixe menus ($29 for lunch, $42 for dinner) to treat New Yorkers to serious fine-dining.
New York foodies would be wise to do research and come prepared: tables book fast in the best restaurants. Avoid hanger and the humiliation of being turned away by making reservations in advance on OpenTable. Each participating restaurant’s menu offers a wide range of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, but drinks and service are excluded. And make sure to read the fine print before making your booking: Some restaurants limit the deal to certain dates (re: avoid Saturday bookings), times, or add surcharges for special menu items.
For New Yorkers hoping to get more notable French restaurants under their belt, Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse. As ever, there’s a heavy showing of French culinary favorites in Manhattan, including Match 65 Brasserie, La Sirene, Gaby Brasserie, Café D’Alsace, DB Bistro, Brasserie Ruhlmann, Café Centro, Beaubourg at Le District, Café Boulud, DBGB Kitchen, Bobo, Mercer Kitchen, Beautique, Cherche Midi, Triomphe, Indochine, Bagatelle, Ai Fiori, Le Cirque and Nougatine at Jean-Georges. Brooklyn has two very special Restaurant participants–French Louie, Brasserie Séoul–don’t forget about them! And don’t miss Restaurant Week newbies including Maison Hugo, Kingsley, Le Coq Rico and Benoit Restaurant and Bar. Bon app!