Want to enjoy New York City's finest restaurants but your budget is telling you you're more a value meal kind of person? Rejoice, foodies, because it's that special time of year were eating more for less is basically your right as a New Yorker.
Twice a year, NYC Restaurant Week offers deals on upscale neighborhood joints, trendy hotspots and fine-dining landmarks. The summer event starts Monday and runs through Friday, Aug. 19, giving you much more than an actual week to indulge in tender steaks, spicy tacos, fresh seafood and whatever else your heart and stomach desire.
Under the promotion, 380 New York City restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dining deals. Lunch costs $29 and dinner costs $42 per person. Drinks, tax and tip are not covered. The deals are not offered on Saturdays, while Sundays are optional for each establishment, so a little planning is required if you want to dine out for cheap on the weekends.
Restaurants began accepting reservations for Summer 2016 Restaurant Week July 11 but there is still time left to make sure you get into your favorite spots. Check out Open Table for reservation times.
In Manhattan, Time Out recommends Noreetuh, an East Village bistro serving up tuna poke and King's Hawaiian bread pudding. Guest of a Guests suggests Meatpacking icon Bagatelle at 1 Little W 12th St. For more exotic fare, try Ilili, a Lebanese spot at 236 5th Ave. Patch's list of best deals include Felice 83 and Maya on the Upper East Side. Zagat likes Bar Boulud on the Upper West Side, which has confit de canard with French lentils on its menu. CBS gives four stars to the Morgan Library and Museum’s Dining Room, which will offer roasted parsnip and apple soup, Scottish salmon, and classic vanilla crème brûlée.
In Brooklyn, Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens is pushing buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar waffles, while a short distance away Pork Store has sausage roll on the menu. Both are Time Out favorites. Zagat also suggests you check out Buttermilk Channel. Am New York recommends French Louie in Boerum Hill for the steak frites.
In Queens, Time Out suggests Vivaldi's Mediterranean-inspired menu with tuna tartare and stuffed sole with spinach and lemon brown butter. For those looking for seafood, London Lennie's is a favorite in central Queens.