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Pack Up Your Appetites – New York City’s January 2020 Restaurant Week is Back

Yes, it’s back! It’s time to fête the return of New York City’s most beloved dining extravaganza: Restaurant Week.

Dining out is a must-do activity in a city obsessed with finding new restaurants and being “in the know” when it comes to ferreting out the hottest trends, rising chef stars, and cuisines making their intro into this “melting pot” city. We love diversity and Restaurant Week gives you the chance to dip your finger, or at least your taste buds, into some 34 distinctive cuisines. Add these dates into your calendar now: January 21 – February 9 for the 28th New York City Restaurant Week; now is the time to enjoy the fall and winter bounty, especially the local vegetables that add to the seasons’ hearty (and creative) dishes. The next restaurant week won’t be until July (July 20-August 16).

Riverpark's Urban Garden

This year’s Restaurant Week offers up more than 350 restaurants in 45 diverse neighborhoods, each offering a prix fixe menu for a two-course $26 lunch or a three-course $42 dinner or both with locations throughout the five boroughs. (Note that restaurants that are gratuity-inclusive such as Blue Smoke, Maialino, Manhatta, Marta and Untitled have menus for $31 and $50).

Reservations go quickly, so jump on OpenTable or call the restaurant to book your table now. That, and choosing which restaurants to try out, are the trickiest part of this exercise.

To help you sort through the many restaurants offering special menus and Woodford Reserve Specials, I’ve selected ten that are especially interesting with a sample of their menu offerings.  You can find the full list at https://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week.

ATRIO Wine Bar and Restaurant

Downtown at the Conrad Hotel in Battery Park City, ATRIO Wine Bar and Restaurant celebrates the fall season with a medley of burrata with roasted beet puree and honey-balsamic glazed kale sprouts; tuna tartare with roasted squash, avocado, green apples and pomegranate seeds; and vegetarian-friendly roasted cauliflower with a garlicky Romesco sauce and za’atar spice. Dessert choices are white chocolate and raspberry bread pudding adorned with crème anglaise or a berry compote-drizzled New York cheesecake.

Bagatelle NYC

Just north, Bagatelle NYC in the Meatpacking District has put together a selection of its signature menu items along with new dishes. Homemade Parisian gnocchi in a black truffle sauce, crispy branzino in tempura with a mayonaisey gribiche sauce, and braised beef shank with caramelized carrot purée are popular mains on the menu for Restaurant Week. You’ll be glad the prix fixe includes dessert, as Bagatelle’s French specialties Baba au Rhum and Paris Brest should not be missed.

Gaby Brasserie Française

Feeling especially culture-minded and hungry? Enjoy a taste of Paris at Sofitel New York’s charming Gaby Brasserie Française near the Theater District. Executive Chef Robert Hohmann is serving French faves like Croque Madame and duck Bolognese for brunch, Alaskan cod for lunch, and boeuf Rossini for dinner. The restaurant’s location just east of Duffy Square is perfect for a pre-theater (or post-theater) meal.

Porter House Bar and Grill

If Lincoln Center or Jazz at Lincoln Center are your destination, you might want to reserve a table at Porter House Bar and Grilll in the Time Warner Center. There you can enjoy Michael Lomonaco’s standout ML’s Caesar Salad followed by roast Lancaster chicken with mushroom pan roast; garganelli Bolognese; or Faroe Island salmon with fennel confit, roasted carrots and a  za’atar spice crust.

The Morgan Library & Museum - Morgan Cafe

On the East Side, the glass-enclosed Morgan Café at The Morgan Library & Museum will be showcasing its dining collaboration with Chef Tom Colicchio during Restaurant Week. The two-course lunch menu includes a choice of The Pierpont Salad (named for J, Pierpont Morgan), hamachi crudo, or celeriac soup to start followed by ricotta gnocchi, Chatham cod, or hanger steak with Swiss chard, fingerling potatoes, bone marrow, white anchovies and salsa verde.

Riverpark

For a second treat from Tom Colicchio, book a table at Riverpark where the seasonal and ingredient-driven menu incorporates produce from its own urban farm (overlooking the FDR Drive). The Restaurant Week menu features signature dishes as well as new items. For starters choose the kale salad with mustard greens, roasted squash, pumpkin seeds, ricotta salata and cranberry vinaigrette. Housemade zucca pasta is one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes and is served with pumpkin ragu, basil-dusted delicata squash and a variety of dried basil including Thai, blue spice and lemon basil. Meat lovers can enjoy another favorite, smoked brisket enhanced with broccoli rabe purée, garlic confit and smashed potatoes.

Felidia

Restaurant legend Lidia Bastianich is the draw at Felidia, and Restaurant Week is a good chance to sample some of her acclaimed Italian cuisine. For lunch, appetizers include a choice of bean, squash and chestnut soup; salmone affumicato made with house smoked salmon pastrami and egg potato salad; or Lidia’s penne with gran biscotto ham and creamy tomato sauce. For a main, you’ll have a choice of salmon with potato, spinach and mustard sauce; Lidia’s rigatoni with spicy tomato sauce, housemade ricotta and rosemary; or thinly sliced braised wagyu beef and polenta. Come hungry as you’ll want to indulge in homemade gelato, panna cotta or tiramisu for dessert.

Zuma New York

An exciting choice if you’re in the mood for Japanese is the lunchtime Restaurant Week menu at midtown’s Zuma New York. With an innovative spin on contemporary Japanese cuisine, the sceney izakaya-style restaurant adds ingredients hand-picked and sourced from small farms across Japan by Head Chef Oliver Lange and features an extensive sake pairing menu. Restaurant Week dishes include salmon tartare with ponzu and mustard miso, spicy fried tofu with avocado and Japanese herbs, and black cod marinated in Saikyo miso.

Queensyard

Now that the holiday crowds have disappeared, it’s a good time to explore what’s happening at Hudson Yards.  Located on the fourth floor of the new shopping mall, queensyard is offering both lunch and dinner Restaurant Week menus with comfort food-oriented dishes like delicata squash with shaved Brussels sprouts and smoked chestnut salad; and Green Circle chicken consommé with Jerusalem artichoke doughnuts and pickled enoki If it’s cold outside, the English muffin burger or Hunter’s Pie made with duck, pheasant and rabbit will hit the spot. Desserts like sticky toffee pudding add a sweet finish.

Rahi

Don’t eat meat? There are Restaurant Week menus just for you at Rahi in the West Village. Indian food lovers can choose from starters like flavorful gunpowder aloo and Dahi chili paneer. For a main, vegetarian and fish dishes include pumpkin coconut curry and three mango cod. If you love Indian but prefer a meat dish, try Rahi’s signature banana leaf chicken, a juicy bone-in chicken leg served with Basmati rice.

It’s Time to Reserve for NYC Summer Restaurant Week – July 22-August 16

The city’s exodus to the beaches is a boon for diners who remain in the city.  Lasting almost a month from July 22 through August 16, the 21st year of New York City’s restaurant week is ready for booking.  This is the time to score a prized table of some of the city’s most desirable restaurants.  The 300 participating restaurants feature $25 three-course prix fixe lunches $38 prix fixe dinners. Most time slots are during the week for lunch and dinner, with a few left for Sunday lunch and  dinner.  This year, there are restaurants from Queens and Brooklyn making an appearance. We say, bravo! Here’s to eating with panache and change in your pocket. The full list of restaurants including menus is available online.  Call now so you don’t lose out.
http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek

If you’re an American Express Cardmember, you get even more savings.  Sign up to register your card and use it when you dine at any restaurant participating in Restaurant Week. You’ll get an additional $5 off of any meal of $25 or more. https://enroll.amexnetwork.com/US/en/nycrestaurantweek2013/

A sampling of the restaurants on the list, with many of my favorites includes :

Brooklyn

Benchmark Restaurant (Park Slope) –  lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); lunch and dinner (Sunday)

Queens

The Greenhouse Café (Bay Ridge) – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); lunch and dinner (Sunday)

Water’s Edge Restaurant (Long Island City) – lunch and dinner ( Monday-Friday)

Manhattan

A Voce Columbus – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Boulud Sud – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)

Circo – lunch and dinner (Monday – Friday); dinner (Sunday)

Delmonico’s – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)

The Dutch – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Il Mulino – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Lincoln Ristorante – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Maialino – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Le Perigord – lunch (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday-Friday)

Red Rooster Harlem – lunch (Monday-Friday)

Riverpark – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday)

Spice Market – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday)

Thalassa – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday)

Tulsi – lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday); dinner (Sunday)

Where to Enjoy Restaurant Week in Manhattan – January 24-February 6, 2011

Do you fancy French cooking but balk at French prices? Are you undecided between dining with Boulud or Batali?  Between January 24 and February 6, New York’s highly anticipated winter Restaurant Week invites you to take your pick from more than 300 of New York’s finest with lunch for only $24.07 or dinner for $35. Choose from your favorites or try something new and daring as you design your own culinary “tour de NYC,” exploring fabulous fare across the city. http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek. Here’s a sampling of what’s being offered this year:

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New York City Restaurant Week is in Full Swing through Labor Day Weekend

It’s that time of the year when cities around the country start imitating the “best”: New York City’s Restaurant Week.  Started in 1992, the annual event has grown by its number of weeks and participants and has just been extended through September 6.

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