New Yorkers and the visitors who love this city have another reason to flock to the capital of the world in January and early February. From January 21 until February 8, NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2019 promises to be the best yet, with hundreds of participating restaurants helping craft this segment of NYC & Company’s signature dining program. The festivities help diners discover new and celebrate old favorites through affordable deals designed to encourage sampling as many dishes as possible. Cuisines span all genres of dining from elevated French fare to relaxed American and everything in between. Diners can get the jump on crowds and wait times by reserving tables in advance on OpenTable. We’ve rounded up a few of the many places to add to your list of must-try eateries. Not in New York but still looking to enjoy a restaurant week near you? Check out additional January 2019 restaurant weeks. And remember that you can always find the right table anytime on OpenTable.
Gaby Brasserie Française
The midtown Manhattan Sofitel New York hotel is a favorite of travelers and locals. Chef Robert Hohmann has meticulously planned a celebration of NYC Winter Restaurant Week from lively brunches to evening standouts (think lots of wine and drink specials like endless mimosas, bloody marys, or bellini cocktails for a $25 add-on per diner.) Appetizers include baby burrata with grilled asparagus, pancetta, and hazelnut salsa and Gruyere and crab quiche and market greens with goat cheese, fennel, and orange marmalade. Brunch entrées include a choice of croque madame with Parisian ham, Gruyère, béchamel, brioche, sunny side egg, and greens; pan-seared scallops with tabbouleh and herb salad with cider dressing; eggs Benedict / eggs Royale with poached organic eggs, choice of Canadian bacon or smoked salmon on English muffin with Cresskill farm parsley potatoes; or steak and eggs with stout cream featuring grass-fed New York strip steak, fresh organic eggs, and parsley potatoes. Entrées include pan-seared scallops with tabbouleh and herb salad with cider dressing, duck breast with miso almond butter, grilled ribeye, or kale and mushroom ravioli with ginger butternut squash purée. Make a reservation at Gaby Brasserie Française.
db Bistro Moderne
Ask anyone who dines regularly at db Bistro Moderne and they’ll likely testify that everything is worth a trip to this classic-meets-contemporary restaurant. The NYC Winter Restaurant Week menu is no exception, as chef Chris Stam plans to feature mushroom velouté with crème fraîche, chives, and croûtons; garganelli with parsley pesto, confit garlic, almond, and parmesan; and hanger steak with fingerling potato Lyonnaise, maitake mushroom frisée, and watercress salad. The menu includes a two-course lunch with supplemental dessert and three-course dinners. Make a reservation at db Bistro Moderne.
A world of flavor is on the menu at Boulud Sud, where chef Ulises Olmos is at the helm. He is highlighting some of his favorite dishes for NYC Winter Restaurant Week. They include lemon saffron linguini with seppia, puntarella, and Sardinian bottarga during lunch only and as part of the dinner menus, an Italian chicory salad with hazelnuts, Pecorino Romano cheese, and candied orange peel. Also on the menu, a Moroccan braised lamb shoulder with harissa-spiced carrots, braised chickpeas, and cilantro with a supplemental dessert. Make a reservation at Boulud Sud.
Bigeye tuna poke is just one of the items slated for an appearance on the NYC Winter Restaurant Week menu at this First Avenue eatery. Noreetuh is famed both for its chef and co-owner Chung Chow and for its renowned list of specialty sakes, beers, and wines curated by co-owner and manager Jin Ahn. The East Village restaurant, which translates to mean playground in Korean, is known for innovative dishes like bone marrow bread pudding with Maine sea urchin and burgundy truffles and five-spice glazed pork chop with spätzle, pineapples, and pickled mustard greens – but check the restaurant’s website for a final tally of specific dishes being offered. Make a reservation at Noreetuh.
This favorite of regulars at 1900 Broadway highlights everything diners love about Daniel Boulud’s more casual restaurants – savory, upscale ingredients in a relaxed setting. For the NYC Winter Restaurant Week menu, chef Dieter Samijn is including a pâté du jour of seasonal pâté, fines herbs salad, and toasted sourdough; the Frenchie burger with pork belly, roasted tomato compote, raclette cheese, and French fries; and gateau Marjolaine with hazelnut dacquoise, praline buttercream, and caramel ganache. Make a reservation at Bar Boulud.
This Bowery gem presents a varied and exciting menu of choices for NYC Winter Restaurant Week. Vandal’s dishes include hamachi escabeche; crispy hard shell fish tacos, tortilla soup dumplings;,grilled market vegetable enchilada, wasabi pea-crusted salmon, and prime skirt steak with Thai fried rice, coconut milk, lemongrass, and chile, followed by spiced panna cotta with cranberry gelee or a chocolate bourbon milkshake shot. Arrive hungry and stay for the see-and-be-seen crown in the cellar nightclub after supper. Make a reservation at Vandal.
10 Corso Como
Trying to choose between all the marvelous dishes at this Fulton Street restaurant in the Seaport District may be challenging, given appetizers like vitello tonnato with veal, tuna, and capers; tortino di melanzane with eggplant, Parmigiano, and mozzarella; and fritto misto, a medley of crispy fish, shellfish, and seasonal veggies. Save room for stunners like bigoli cacio e pepe, pasta struncatura, branzino al vapore, and tagliata di manzo at 10 Corso Como during NYC Winter Restaurant Week, when diners can choose between two courses from the lunch / brunch category and three courses during dinner. Make a reservation at 10 Corso Como.
Beauty & Essex
An hour of shopping and dinner at Beauty & Essex make this a truly unique destination. With its contemporary pawn shop lined with vintage jewelry, musical instruments, and artifacts and restaurant, this is what people mean when they say something is New York fabulous. Beauty & Essex is an experience all its own including the grand circular staircase and two-story chandelier. NYC Winter Restaurant Week dishes include crispy eggplant pizzetta and chile relleno empanadas, plus tuna poke wonton tacos, kale and apple salad, spaghettini, Peruvian chicken, grilled Atlantic salmon, and braised short ribs. Desserts will include petite cupcakes, cherry sorbet, and “Les, NYC” doughnuts with caramel, chocolate, and berry dipping sauces. Make a reservation at Beauty & Essex.
For lunch, expect to find vegetable minestrone; buffalo mozzarella arancini, classic Caesar salad, sautéed mussels marinara, and tuna tartare on the special appetizers menu, while entrées will include penne alla vodka, pappardelle Toscana with wild boar ragu, and cauliflower steak Parmesan. On the dinner menu, diners’ choices include pizza cacio e pepe, grilled branzino, and ribeye steak, followed by supplemental desserts such as Nutella budino (chocolate hazelnut pudding) with sea salt, seasonal fruit plate, or New York-style cheesecake topped with Amarena cherries, whipped cream, and brulée, along with Oreo zeppole with malted vanilla milkshake. The dinner menu includes many of the same items but also features chicken Marsala, lemon sole piccata, and short rib peposa. Make a reservation at LAVO.
American Cut’s menu for this year’s NYC Winter Restaurant Week includes everything you’d expect from these Tribeca and Midtown favorites. Dishes include baked potato ravioli with bacon and crème fraîche, pastrami-spiced salmon with rye berries and caraway-mint yogurt, and a mini Cracker Jack sundae with caramel popcorn, peanut brittle, and popcorn ice cream. Make a reservation at American Cut.
Lounging in one of the caramel-colored banquettes at Kingside or settling in at the food counter, this restaurant in the Viceroy Central Park New York is worth a stop during NYC Restaurant Week. Notable goodies include sunchoke bisque with walnut oil, sunflower sprouts, and crispy brioche; kampachi crudo; winter leaves salad; quinoa risotto with white beech mushrooms, Manchego, and black truffles; braised short rib with soft polenta; a sushi platter; and sweet treats like pumpkin cheesecake or Anjou pear and almond tart with zabaglione gelato. Make a reservation at Kingside.
Chef Akshay Bhardwaj is showcasing Junoon’s finest abundance of flavors in this NYC Winter Restaurant Week menu. It will include eggplant chaat with crispy eggplant, raita, tamarind chutney, red onion, and chaat masala; a dish of ghost chili murgh tikka prepared with tandoor chicken thigh with cabbage slaw, cashew puree, and cashew crumble; and finally, a malabar shrimp curry with mustard seed, curry leaf, tamarind, and coconut. Make a reservation at Junoon.
This impossibly trendy hot spot is the also the top spot for hot and sour soup during NYC Winter Restaurant Week, along with temple salad, spring rolls, spicy tuna on crispy rice, and chicken or shrimp pad Thai. TAO Downtown is also featuring Thai barbeque chicken, Mongolian beef, glazed salmon, and special sushi platters such as crunchy spicy yellowtail roll, chef Yoshi roll, and angry dragon roll. For dessert, guests can indulge in chocolate molten cake, banana pudding parfait, fresh fruit, and sorbet. Make a reservation at TAO Downtown.
At sister restaurant TAO Uptown, expect the same punches of flavor, quality, and people-watching. Diners can also expect dreamy special menu items like papaya chicken salad, miso soup with tofu and mahogany clams, lemongrass shrimp skewers, grilled Kalbi-style short ribs, spicy basil chicken lettuce wraps, and crispy vegetable rolls with duck mustard sauce. Guests can also choose from branzino with charred green beans, Kung Pao chicken, pad Thai with chicken or shrimp, Thai sirloin salad with sriracha and peanuts, and the Asian barbecue hanger steak with spiced fries. Other choices include sashimi chirashi bowl with tuna, salmon, hamachi, ebi, and vegetable roll and supplemental desserts including banana pudding, chocolate Zen parfait, fresh fruit and tangerine sorbet, chocolate peanut cake with passion fruit and roasted peanut ice cream, or mango sorbet with seasonal fruit and coconut milk. Make a reservation at TAO Uptown.
This NoMad restaurant by LDV Hospitality is hosting brunch, lunch, and dinner for NYC Winter Restaurant Week. Guests at Scarpetta can partake of a prix-fixe brunch and lunch menu and a prix-fixe dinner menu. Scrumptious dishes will include creamy polenta with fricassée and truffled mushrooms; roasted beet salad with shaved vegetables, ricotta, and beet vinaigrette; spaghetti with tomato and basil; and biscotti for dessert. Make a reservation at Scarpetta.
Aside from diners who love a good rotisserie meal, there is much to love about Irvington. When available, diners find a plethora of Union Square Greenmarket produce on the menu, which is where Irvington sources so much of its food in season. For this special restaurant week menu, starters include Murray’s burrata, mushroom bisque, and little gem salad, while dinner choices include pan-roasted salmon, house tagliatelle, and braised short rib with parsnip, pearl onion, and blackberry. Dessert options include poached quince with pistachio and mascarpone gelato, Clementine cake with allspice whipped cream, or a sorbet trio. Make a reservation at Irvington.
From loaded sweet potatoes filled with maitake, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and green chili aiolito to quinoa tagliatelle with beet greens and sunflower kernels, Café Clover rises to their moniker of being healthy and delicious. Café Clover is also including Arctic char on its menu for NYC Winter Restaurant Week. Make a reservation at Café Clover.
SERRA ALPINA by Birreria – Eataly NYC Flatiron
To walk into any Eataly location is to swoon at the sight and scent of everything under its roof. SERRA is Eataly’s winter greenhouse pop-up on the roof, described as being inspired by the rare Serra Alpina flower found in the Italian Alps. The rustic answer to Eataly’s eateries, the vibe at SERRA is all rustic tables and twinkling lights with ingredients from beloved Italian and American farmers. Menu items during the celebration include choices of dishes like fresh burrata with grilled housemade Otto bread, housemade potato gnocchi, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese three ways, and Cascun Farms chicken with stewed squash and crunchy almonds. Don’t forget to order something from the curated drink menu such as a glacier wine, craft cocktail infused with mountain herbs, or housemade Vin Brulè, the Italian version of mulled wine steeped with orange peel and spices. Make a reservation at SERRA ALPINA by Birreria.
Manzo Ristorante – Eataly NYC Flatiron
That Manzo translates to ‘beef’ in Italian defines why this Flatiron dining staple of Eataly has become so popular. This relaxed butchery and restaurant will feature an abundance of savory goodies with 10 accompanying wine pairings during lunch and 13 wine pairing choices at dinner. Lunch and dinner options include housemade mozzarella with 24-month aged prosciutto di Parma, Kinderhook raw beef with grilled Mediterraneo bread, and greens from Union Square Greenmarket with Prosecco. More choices include slow-roasted short rib, grilled Cascun Farms chicken breast, housemade Raven and Boar cooked ham, chicory salad with winter citrus and pistachio, grilled Creekstone Farms hanger steak, housemade potato gnocchi, and Parmigiano Reggiano DOP three ways. Desserts include tiramisù della Nonna or dark chocolate pudding with sea salt and dessert wine pairings. Make a reservation at Manzo Ristorante.
In Manhattan’s far west side neighborhood restaurant Ousia, chef Vasiliki Vourliotaki has planned a smorgasbord of delights to start the meal with lemon-drop soup with beef and lamb meatballs, roasted vegetable flatbread, herb ricotta and smoked metzovone cheese, shrimp fricassee with braised horta, and, spinach and strawberry salad with myzithra cheese, almonds, and a strawberry vinaigrette. For dinner, he is preparing an eggplant haloumi roulade with tomato marmalade and cardamom, wild mushroom glouvesti that features orzo pasta with graviera cheese, pork souvlaki with Greek spices, feta, oregano, and lemon fries, and for dessert, a Cretan orange cake with honey and vanilla ice cream. Make a reservation at Ousia.
Chef Wendy Cacciatori of Nonna Beppa honors this Emilia Romagna regional authentic Italian restaurant with daily fresh pastas and personalized ravioli stuffing. His NYC Winter Restaurant Week lunch menu includes starters of carrot soup with black truffle, Breasola with arugula and Parmigiano, and eggplant Parmigiana. Main lunch courses include tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce, pumpkin cappellacci in butter and sage, and beer-cooked beef cheek. For dessert, pick from mascarpone with cookies and Nutella or warm chocolate cake. And for dinner, expect appetizers of arugula Casterlmagno cheese with figs and black truffle, prosciutto di Parma and buffalo mozzarella, and a charcuterie selection. Entrees include tortellini in broth, tagliatelle with butter and black truffle, and beef with black truffle, followed by homemade tiramisu. Make a reservation at Nonna Beppa.
Bistro Pierre Lapin
Chef Harold Moore’s French-inspired West Village bistro can count this as the restaurant’s first NYC Restaurant Week. Moore has chosen to include some of his signature dishes on the special menu. He’s featuring his poulet pour deux (whole roasted chicken) with foie gras bread stuffing and potato purée, classic onion soup, and blanquette de veau, a veal stew with baby vegetables and basmati rice. Make a reservation at Bistro Pierre Lapin.
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Photo credits: Howard Hughes Corp. (10 Corso Como); Melissa Horn (Boulud Sud).