New York City Restaurant Week: Take a Bite out of the Big Apple

nyc-restaurant-weekBeginning Sunday, July 12 (through Friday, July 31), you can enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe $24.07 lunches and $35 dinners at participating New York City restaurants. With big names such as 21 Club, Aquavit , Café des Artistes, Del Posto, JoJo, La Fonda Del Sol, Nobu New York, and Smith & Wollensky on board alongside many more of the city’s finest dining establishments, there’s never been a better time to take of advantage of amazing dining deals.

I’ve just booked out most of week one of NYC Restaurant Week (or, as I like to call it, “the most wonderful time of the year”), and my Facebook foodie friends are already clamoring to come along for the second half of what promises to be a wild dining ride. The trouble is, there are so many restaurants from which to choose – and just two meals a day! Filling out my calendar (or my jeans) won’t be a problem, but whittling down the list of where to dine will. Hmmm…perhaps next year, we can rally for all the restaurants to start serving breakfast.

Make the most of your New York summer staycation or vacation with delicious lunches and dinners at predictable prices, and share your experiences with us here or over at OpenTable’s Facebook page. Reserve a table today!

Eating out on Father’s Day: Dining Deals for Dad

fathersday.jpgMove over, Mom. This Sunday is Father’s Day. And, since the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, treating dad to a meal will guarantee he loves his gift (Does he really need another tie? Probably not! Ditto on the golf balls.).

Unlike Mother’s Day, which seems irrevocably yoked to brunch, Father’s Day dining deals tend to be a bit more diverse. From discounted dinners featuring juicy steaks to complimentary cocktails, restaurants are doing right by dad. Caprino’s in the San Francisco area is discounting dad’s dinner meal by 50%! At Café Ba Ba Reba in Las Vegas, dads dining out receive a $25 gift certificate for a future visit. Looking for a little luxury? At Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Denver, your father can really put his feet up. His three-course, prix-fixe meal includes a free car detail while dining and a complimentary cigar. And, at each of Havana Central’s three New York locations (Times Square, Union Square , and  The West End ), a prix-fixe special entrée, a hand-rolled cigar, bottomless beer, and a family portrait await fathers.

Thinking of taking the festivities outside in honor of the first day of summer? Dad can get a break from the grill at Jedediah’s at Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, New York, which will host an outdoor pig roast with bocce ball and horseshoes.

Check out all the dining deals restaurants in your area are offering by clicking on the “Father’s Day-June 21/Special Menus & Offers” button on your OpenTable start page. When dining out, be sure to mention OpenTable to your server to take advantage of these specials.

The Upside to Dining out in a Down Economy

fork-knife-menuIs the recession keeping you out of restaurants?  The New York Post details 10 ways a weakened economy is actually a boon to hungry diners, highlighting deals at Fishtail by David Burke, David Burke Townhouse, Chanterelle, Per Se, and more. Other trends include bar areas that are — wait for it! — for drinking rather than dining and burgers showing up on some very upscale menus (Sorry, no Per Se sliders!). Similarly, restaurants in your neighborhood that may have been out of your reach may be well within it. So, stop denying yourself and start dining out!

Easter Restaurants: Reservations Available Now

Don’t wait until you’re done hunting for eggs to hunt for a table on Easter Sunday. Check out the dining deals in your area this Easter and find one that will satisfy your appetite. From sumptuous menus to wallet-friendly specials, there’s a table in your town to help you celebrate the Easter holiday. Hop to it!