Get ready to put all healthy-eating New Year’s resolutions on hold, because New York City Restaurant Week is about to begin. The semi-annual promotional event produced by NYC & Company gives patrons access to discounted menus at a variety of culinary hotspots around the city.
This year, more than 380 restaurants are participating in the event and offering specialized three-course prix-fixe deals for both lunch and dinner. Although Restaurant Week does not start until January 22, reservations opened on Monday, January 8. Since gourmet food at discount prices is a hot commodity, check out some of our favorite Restaurant Week menus to know what reservations you need to book, STAT.
403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009
Hearth is a winter time staple. Generous portions of rich, flavorful food is especially palatable when the temperatures drop, and their Restaurant Week menu is no exception. Patrons can start their meal off with winter squash and lentil soup complete with pumpkin seed pesto, or opt for the more decadent roasted pork belly. Mains are equally indulgent and include grass-feed beef and ricotta meatballs and fusilli with escarole and breadcrumbs. Save room for Stella’s pudding, which has a dark chocolate base and is topped with mascarpone and candied cocoa nibs.
380 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
This NoHo brasserie is a must if you’re looking for refined food in an upscale, elegant setting. Although the Restaurant Week dinner prix-fixe costs just $42, you’ll feel like you’re spending hundreds based on the high-quality offerings visitors can choose from. Standouts include salmon rillette with cucumbers and horseradish, sugar pumpkin risotto with sage and mushrooms, and duck leg confit with a cassoulet of beans. The profiteroles with apples, brown butter ice cream, and caramel sauce are the perfect way to end your meal on a sweet note.
61 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023 | 9 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003
41 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007 | 1063 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Sometimes, nothing sounds better than chip, guacamole, and a margarita (or two). If you’re looking to upgrade your next Mexican meal and try some authentic eats, consider dining at Rosa Mexicano during NYC Restaurant Week. Appetizers include cauliflower soup with bacon and green onions and a quesadilla de Huitlacoche, while entrees feature tequila marinated skirt steak and pan seared white fish with roasted pepper and olive tomato sauce. Churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce are a playful way to end your meal.
339A 2nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Carnivores take note: Benchmark’s Restaurant Week offerings may be the most meat-centric in all of New York City. Main courses include both a grass-fed filet mignon with red wine sauce and a dry aged Porterhouse for two with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. If plant-based eating is more your speed, the roasted acorn squash with curried quinoa and winter vegetables is a satisfying, meatless meal.
111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Tucked away within the swanky William Vale Hotel, Leuca is a must if you’re craving upscale Italian food. Menu options include bay scallop crudo and chickpea pugliese to start, and short rib agnolotti and hanger steak as main courses. The pistachio cake with olive oil ice cream is an inventive way to end your meal on a Mediterranean note.
Contrary to its name, Restaurant Week actually spans three weeks, meaning you have until February 9 to check out these discounted menu deals.
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