Booking lunch or dinner during NYC Restaurant Week can be overwhelming with all of the options available by neighborhood and cuisine. To get a great deal, go for a restaurant that you can’t typically afford on a random weeknight or dine somewhere you’ve been meaning to try, but keep forgetting to check off on your Foursquare to-do list. These New York City restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Feb. 17 – March 7 are some of the best bests for a delicious deal. By Sarah Shaker.
For a classic New York experience, choose ’21′ Club this Restaurant Week, featuring a menu of the season’s finest ingredients at an exceptional value, priced at $25 for a three-course lunch or $38 for a three-course dinner. Featured plates include Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad with baby Romaine, roasted tomatoes, blue cheese Caesar dressing and Prime Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée, rainbow baby carrots and gremolata.
Winter 2014 marks the first time Haru’s Amsterdam location will be joining in on the fun, offering a 3-course prix-fixe dinner on Monday – Friday and Sunday. Additional Haru locations participating include, Sake Bar on the UES (dinner only) and Gramercy Park (lunch and dinner). Specialty items featured on the menu include Tuna Tataki (Seared tuna with avocado salad & spicy soy vinaigrette), King Crab Dumplings (Served steamed with dipping sauce) and Specialty Sushi Rolls including the Kiss of Fire Roll (Super white tuna, salmon, jalapeños and wasabi tobiko wrapped around crunchy spicy tuna and more jalapeños).
Go downtown cool at Ken & Cook this Restaurant Week. The $25 three-course lunch includes Warm Seafood Salad, Risotto with beets and goat cheese and a classic Cheesecake. For dinner, dine for $38 per person with three-course options including Salmon Avocado Tartar, Aged Strip Steak and Chocolate Cake with salted caramel and pistachio.
Julian Media’s original Toloache location in Midtown is participating in Restaurant Week with plates including Tacos de Chilorio and Pescado Entomatado. Known for their made-to-order guacamole and brick-oven-roasted seafood this cozy restaurant makes Times Square feel charming. And don’t miss out on trying Toloache Thompson, which recently opened in December. While they won’t be participating in Restaurant Week this year, they are a can’t miss spot downtown if you’re in love with the original.
Take your full hour for lunch one afternoon this Restaurant Week at Harlow, offering some of their signature items. The Three-Course Prix-Fixe Lunch Menu for $25 includes Lamb Meatballs with Kochujang marinara, mint, and pickled red onions, and Stone Oven Chicken with root vegetables and chimichurri.
For a special meal, Dovetail is offering a three-course lunch during Restaurant Week. Located steps from the American Museum of Natural History, Dovetail offers an intimate dining experience on the Upper West Side. Chef John Fraser’s award-winning contemporary American cuisine with seasonal ingredients earned three stars from The New York Times as well as its first Michelin star in 2011. Choose from Beef Tartar with preserved eggplant, capers, brown butter, Salmon Croquante with fennel, apple, jerk spices and Soft Chocolate Ganache with salted almonds, caramel and Vietnamese coffee ice cream.
For upscale comfort food in Midtown East dine at Lexington Brass this Restaurant Week. Options for the three-couree prix fixe include Kale Ravioli with black truffle, cashew wild mushroom oil, Salmon with brussels sprouts hash, chestnut puree, bacon, asian pear, and for those of us who love pumpkin year round, you can end with the decadent Pumpkin Trifle with devil’s food cake, pumpkin mousse, cranberry chutney, five spice ice cream.
For a taste of Thai this Restaurant Week, head to OBAO in Hell’s Kitchen for dinner. For a $38 three-course meal, plates include Salt and Pepper Shrimp, Beef Luclak and Spiced Apple Cake. Known for their Thai and Vietnamese street foods with a twist, this is the perfect place for cold weather comfort food for a deal from February 17 to March 7.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.