A Guide to NYC Restaurant Week 2016

 
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NYC Restaurant Week 2016

Guys... NYC Restaurant Week is upon us. In the past, I've claimed Restaurant Week is my personal Olympics. In a way, it truly is. You need a strategy. You can't just go anywhere for Restaurant Week. I pore over the Restaurant Week site like I have a book report the next day. It can be frustrating and time consuming, but I want you to get out there and try as many spots as possible. That's why I've done all the researching for you. Continue reading for my Restaurant Week picks.

The first thing you need to know is that NYC Restaurant Week is not just a week. It runs from July 25 to August 19 for both lunch and dinner. Lunch is priced at $29 and Dinner is priced at $42. You will get three courses (maybe more), and depending on the restaurant, you might leave hungry. This is my worst fear. I've broken down the restaurants you won't want to pass up by cuisine.

A guide to NYC Restaurant Week: Don't waste time trying to decide on where to eat. I've done the work for you!

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New American

David Burke Kitchen

Reservations are a must here. Meal choices include Lunch, Brunch, and Dinner. The menu is EXTENSIVE. Don't believe me? Take a look.

David Burke Kitchen // NYCRW Menu // 23 Grand Street

The Mercer Kitchen

Nom on Mediterranean-inspired fare at Mercer Kitchen run by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Local ingredients are used to elevate dishes while in a relaxed, but lively atmosphere. I'd pick the burger.

The Mercer Kitchen // NYCRW Menu // 99 Prince Street

Craftbar

Although only offered for lunch, Craftbar provides an insane menu that includes Duck Hearts & Dumplings with bacon and a fried egg. I just swooned. Craftbar is headed by Top Chef Tom Colicchio. The Baked Veal Ricotta Meatballs are a winner too.

Craftbar // NYCRW Menu // 900 Broadway


A guide to NYC Restaurant Week: Don't waste time trying to decide on where to eat. I've done the work for you!

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French

Bar Boulud

You'll find classic French dishes with a modern twist at Daniel Boulud's cavernous wine cellar restaurant, Bar Boulud. Whatever you do, don't skip the pork belly.

Bar Boulud // NYCRW Menu // 1900 Broadway

Claudette

Claudette, a sister restaurant of Rosemary's and Bobo (both are great), is an adorable French restaurant close to Washington Square Park. This makes for a perfect date!

Claudette // NYCRW Menu // 24 Fifth Avenue

Lafayette

Lafayette is one of the biggest Manhattan restaurants I've ever eaten at. The hustle and bustle will remind you of a true French bistro. The food, decor, and atmosphere make it one of my go-to restaurants.

Lafayette // NYCRW Menu // 380 Lafayette Street


A guide to NYC Restaurant Week: Don't waste time trying to decide on where to eat. I've done the work for you!

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Italian

Etcetera Etcetera

Enjoy an evening of elegant dining at Etcetera Etcetera, which serves contemporary Italian food. Indulge in the cocktails here.

Etcetera Etcetera // NYCRW Menu // 352 W. 44th Street

Sant Ambroeus SoHo

Try out Milanese-style Italian fare at chef Marco Barbisotti's Sant Ambroeus SoHo location. Make sure to grab one of their coffees during your dessert course!

Sant Ambroeus SoHo // NYCRW Menu // 265 Lafayette Street

Taralluci e Vino

Freshly baked focaccia and fresh pasta are served at Taralluci e Vino, a crowdpleaser anywhere. If you're a wine lover, this is the place for you.

Taralluci e Vino // NYCRW Menu // 15 E. 18th Street


A guide to NYC Restaurant Week: Don't waste time trying to decide on where to eat. I've done the work for you!

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Japanese

Morimoto

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto runs this Meatpacking Japanese restaurant. You can't go wrong with the sushi here or the Duck, Duck, Duck entree.

Morimoto // NYCRW Menu // Chelsea Market, 88 10th Ave.

Megu

Fine dining meets casual at the modern Japanese spot, Megu. Sake and wine pairings are also available.

Megu // NYCRW Menu // 355 W. 15th Street

SushiSamba West Village

This NYC Restaurant Week menu is EPIC, and blends Japanese cuisine with Latin American. You will not leave here hungry. I repeat, you will not leave here hungry.

SushiSamba West Village // NYCRW Menu // 87 7th Ave.


A guide to NYC Restaurant Week: Don't waste time trying to decide on where to eat. I've done the work for you!

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Mexican

La Loteria

Julieta Ballesteros gives patrons a new take on authentic Mexican cuisine. The menu is extensive, and includes a $38 dinner rather than a $42 one. Tip: On Sundays, wine bottles are 50% off!

La Loteria // NYCRW Menu // 29 7th Ave S.

Empellón Taqueria

Empellón Taqueria focuses on enhancing the most desirable ingredients by making accompanying ingredients, like a well-made tortilla, the best they can be.

Empellón Taqueria // NYCRW Menu // 230 W. 4th Street

Pampano

Pampano brings contemporary Mexican cuisine to NYC, which doesn't include jumbo-sized margaritas! Menu options for NYC Restaurant Week will sure to dazzle your tastebuds

Pampano // NYCRW Menu // 209 E. 49th Street

Where are you headed to for NYC Restaurant Week? Let me know in the comments!

 
A guide to NYC Restaurant Week: Don't waste time trying to decide on where to eat. I've done the work for you!