It’s almost time for New York City’s Restaurant Week, a biannual event that attracts foodies from across the country.
Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try upscale Manhattan restaurants without breaking your budget.
Participating restaurants offer three-course lunches for $24 and dinners for $35.
The promotion runs for two weeks (January 24–February 6, 2011) and includes more restaurants than ever before.
“NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 will bring together a community of over 300 of our City’s finest restaurants to celebrate the enjoyment and camaraderie of dining,” NYC & Company’s Tracy Nieporent explained in a release.
To get the most value from this promotion, research participating restaurants on Yelp.com before making a reservation. Some restaurants already offer fixed price lunches or pre-theater dinners that cost about the same as the Restaurant Week deals. Remember that beverages, tax and tip are not included in the offer, which runs Monday through Friday at most restaurants.
Read on for our top Restaurant Week picks. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit nycgo.com.
Upscale dining: Le Cirque (151 E 58th St, Manhattan, NY)
This Midtown East restaurant is known for its elegant atmosphere and expensive prices (it earns “$$$$” on Yelp.com). You might see a celebrity here; Le Cirque was the location of Howard Stern’s star-studded 2008 wedding. While customer reviews are mixed, there’s no doubt that Le Cirque’s Restaurant Week menu is a great deal. The prix fixe lunch is normally $45 and dinner entrees cost $39- $69. If you’re on a budget, skip the pricey cocktails (up to $20 each).
Celebrity chef: Riverpark (450 E 29th St, Manhattan, NY)
This new restaurant is associated with Tom Colicchio, the head judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. It serves American cuisine in the Kip’s Bay neighborhood. The New York Times calls Riverpark’s menu “captivating,” and customers rave about the scenic East River views. Get the most value from Restaurant Week by going for dinner, not lunch. Entrees normally cost $24- 28 each.
Classic New York: ‘21’ Club (21 W 52nd St, Manhattan, NY)
This iconic restaurant is located in a midtown Manhattan townhouse, within walking distance from Broadway theaters. Its American cuisine is well regarded, but the main attraction is the historic setting. Built in the 1870s, the ‘21’ Club was a speakeasy during Prohibition and is a popular spot for marriage proposals. If you go during restaurant week you’ll save $6 off the standard prix fixe lunch.