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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Enjoy an evening of elegant dining at Etcetera Etcetera, which serves contemporary Italian food. Indulge in the cocktails here.
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!
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.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto runs this Meatpacking Japanese restaurant. You can’t go wrong with the sushi here or the Duck, Duck, Duck entree.
Fine dining meets casual at the modern Japanese spot, Megu. Sake and wine pairings are also available.
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.
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!
Empellón Taqueria focuses on enhancing the most desirable ingredients by making accompanying ingredients, like a well-made tortilla, the best they can be.
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
Where are you headed to for NYC Restaurant Week? Let me know in the comments!