Take a Bite out of the Big Apple During NYC Restaurant Week

NYRW-2014Just like most foodies, we heart New York. And we heart it just a little more during New York City Restaurant Week! Twice a year, the folks at NYC & Company bring the city’s best restaurants together to offer diners amazing deals on delicious meals. An ideal opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit old favorites, New York City Restaurant Week features $25 three-course lunches and $38 three-course dinners.

There are hundreds of participating restaurants, including Ai Fiori, Casa Mono, The Dutch, Kin Shop, Lafayette, The Marrow, Perry Street, Red Rooster Harlem, Saul, Telepan, and Zengo.

Book your New York City Restaurant Week tables now through March 7th.

2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant + Chef Semifinalists

JBF-2104Forget the Academy Awards. We’re more excited for the Beard Awards! Our friends at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of semi-finalists for nominations in the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Congratulations — and good luck — to all the semi-finalists. Click here for a full list of nominated chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs, including regional nominations. The final nominees will be revealed on March 18th. Congratulations and best of luck to all those who have made it this far.

Nominated restaurants include:

Best New Restaurant
The 404 Kitchen, Nashville, Tennessee
Aragona, Seattle, Washington
Bar Sajor, Seattle Washington
Betony, New York, New York
Carbone, New York, New York
Casa Rubia at Trinity Groves, Dallas, Texas
The Cavalier, San Francisco, California
Chi Spacca, Los Angeles, California
Connie and Ted’s, West Hollywood, California
Coqueta, San Francisco, California
The Elm, Brooklyn, New York
Laurel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MWRestaurant, Honolulu, Hawaii
Nico Osteria, Chicago, Illinois
Peche Seafood Grill, New Orleans, Louisiana
Serpico, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Virtu Honest Craft, Scottsdale, Arizona

Outstanding Restaurant
Canlis, Seattle, Washington
Fearrington House, Pittsboro, North Carolina
Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California
Fork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Hamersley’s Bistro, Boston, Massachusetts
Hearth, New York, New York
Highlands Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Alabama
Jaleo, Washington, D.C.
Melisse, Santa Monica, California
Primo, Rockland, Maine
The Slanted Door, San Francisco, California
Spiaggia, Chicago, Illinois
Terra, St. Helena, California
Vidalia, Washington, D.C.
wd~50, New York, New York

Outstanding Service
Abacus, Dallas, Texas
Bacchanalia, Atlanta, Georgia
Blue Hill, New York, New YOrk
Brigsten’s, New Orleands, Louisiana
Café Juanita, Kirkland, Washington
L’Espalier, Boston Massachusetts
L20, Chicago, Illinois
Lucques, West Hollywood, California
Masone Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas, Texas
Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina
Persimmon, Bristol, Rhode Island
Providence, Los Angeles, California
Quince, San Francisco, California
Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, California
Topolobampo, Chicago, Illinois
Vetri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco, California
Addison at the Grand Del Mar, San Diego, California
Bar Boulud, New York, New York
Café on the Green at the Four Seasons Dallas, Irving, Texas
CityZen, Washington, D.C.
FIG, Charleston, South Carolina
The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
Picasso – Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
Press, St. Helena, California
Rouge Tomate, New York, New York
Sepia, Chicago, Illinois
Spago, Beverly Hills, California
Troquet, Boston, Massachusetts
Yono’s Restaurant, Albany, New York

Nominated chefs include:

Outstanding Chef
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, New York, New York
Sean Brock, McCrady’s, Charleston, South Carolina
Andrew Carmellini, Locanda Verde, New York, New York
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, West Hollywood, California
David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos, California
Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans, Louisiana
Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, Chicago, Illinois
Nancy Oakes, Boulevard, San Francisco, California
Ann Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Atlanta, Georgia
Michael Schwartz, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, Florida
Julian Serrano, Picasso at Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California
Ana Sortun, Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts
John Sundstrom, Lark, Seattle, Washington
Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco
Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia

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Restaurant Week Season Continues: Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Louisville, Seattle + More

PDM2014Does winter have you feeling down? Cheer up with restaurant week savings in a city near you. 

* It’s finally 502 Restaurant Week in Louisville. Order up delicious dinners for $50.20 per couple or $50.20 per person through March 5.

* Annapolis Restaurant Week has arrived. Don’t miss $15.95 two-course lunches +  $32.95 three-course dinners through March 2.

* Bet on Atlantic City Restaurant Week!  Take advantage of $15.14 lunches + $33.14 dinners, March 2-March 8.

* Sink your teeth into Calgary’s The Big Taste. Enjoy steals on meals at the city’s best restaurants, March 7-March 16.

* Chicago Chef Week blows into the Windy City in a few weeks. Book now for three-course $22 lunches + $44 dinners, March 16-March 21.

* Count us in for Dine Out Boston. Save with $15, $20 + $25 lunches and $28,$33 + $38 dinners, March 16-21 and March 23-28.

* Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week continues. You’ll love $15 lunches + $30 dinners through March 2.

* Denver Restaurant Week is on in Mile-High City. Get on board for gourmet dinners for just $30 through February 28.

* Support local during Dine Around Seattle. Book a table for delicious prix-fixe meals, March 2-27 (excludes Friday + Saturday dinners, Saturday lunch, + Sunday brunch).

* Maryland’s Frederick Restaurant Week is almost upon us. Enjoy $15.14 + $20.14 lunches and $30.14 dinners, March 3-9.

* Hudson Valley Restaurant Week springs up in New York shortly. Make a reservation for $20.95 lunches + $29.95 dinners, March 10-23.

* It’s hip to eat out during Las Vegas Three Square Restaurant Week. Hit the open tables for $20.14 or $30.14 lunches + $30.14, $40.14, or $50.14 dinners, March 7-14.

* We’re mad about Minneapolis-St. Paul Restaurant Week. Book for $10-$20 lunches + $15-$30 dinners through February 28.

* Dine, drink, and discover during New Mexico Restaurant Week. Reserve for gourmet prix-fixe menus through March 2.

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OpenTable Releases Restaurant Industry Index for Q4 and Full Year 2013

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.

“Spurred by healthy economic growth and an unseasonally mild winter, the San Francisco Bay Area reservation-taking restaurant industry experienced a solid lift in the fourth quarter,” said our own Duncan Robertson, Chief Financial Officer of OpenTable. “The U.S. overall and most major metropolitan areas that we track experienced a modest lift with the exception of Chicago, which declined by three percent, and Atlanta, Boston and Washington D.C., which were essentially flat. The New York metropolitan area benefited from an easier comparable quarter by lapping Superstorm Sandy, which hit during the fourth quarter of 2012.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index
The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 10,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation.Continue Reading