Get ready for the scurrying about of eager gastronomes on the hunt for scrumptious specials during NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2019. The semiannual NYC & Company program takes place July 22-August 16 and encourages diners to step out during the specially priced event – with two-course lunch and brunch menus at $26 and three-course dinners at $42. Be on the lookout for additional add-on options, like a savory or sweet third course and signature items at special prices. For foodies, this is a great time to revisit old favorites and find some new ones. Here are more than two dozen places to appease wallets and satisfy appetites – and there are more than 100 participating in total. Reservations are snapped up quickly, so book your tables early and often. Not near going to be in town for this happening? Learn about restaurant weeks around North America this month and find a restaurant that’s right for you on OpenTable.com.
The Morgan Library & Museum
At Murray Hill’s literary answer to the typical dining experience, The Morgan Library & Museum welcomes fans of the written art form Tuesday through Friday of Restaurant Week. First-course choices include seared ahi tuna Niçoise salad; chilled corn and almond soup with peekytoe crab and chives; and watermelon, cucumber, and jicama salad with kale, feta, and honey-lime vinaigrette. Next, diners have a choice of entrees including pan-roasted Branzino with red peppers, tomato, capers, and spring onion; braised Berkshire pork belly with coconut-ginger purèe, bok choy, and scallions; and pesto cream fettuccine with zucchini and toasted pistachios. Third-course dessert options include peach and vanilla sweet wine trifle or organic strawberries and raspberry sorbet. Make a reservation at The Morgan Library & Museum.
The Lincoln Center staple is offering several dishes for restaurant week. During lunch, guests can enjoy chilled corn soup with cilantro oil and sourdough croutons; a coq au vin sandwich with braised, fried, glazed chicken leg on a potato bun with frisée and crispy shallot; and a peach caramel Bavarois with vanilla Chantilly and almond biscuit. For dinner, menu items include summer salad with arugula, tomato, parmesan, yellow squash, lemon; pork loin and belly with quinoa, squash, and pickled pearl onion gremolata; and, for dessert, a chocolate pavé with dark chocolate creméux, crème fraîche ganache, and exotique sorbet. Make a reservation at Bar Boulud.
This Williamsburg gem is the sister eatery of the Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome. Highlights include beef tartare seasoned with mustard, salt, and pepper, topped with a fried egg and a salty crumble; and penne pomodoro prepared with homemade pasta, San Marzano tomato sauce, and a touch of cream topped with mozzarella DOP cheese and fresh basil. For dessert, anticipate ordering their signature Tiramisu with espresso- soaked Savoiardi cookies in mascarpone cream with bitter chocolate. Make a reservation at Antica Pesa.
Downtown on the Bowery, Vandal is bringing its own twist to restaurant week dishes in homage to cuisine from New York to Vietnam to Barcelona. They include a New York pretzel steak tartare, hamachi escabeche, VANDAL’s signature chicken Parmesan, wasabi pea-crusted salmon, and boozy push-pops. Make a reservation at VANDAL.
db Bistro Moderne
There’s not a burger fanatic alive who doesn’t crave Daniel Boulud’s signature db Bistro Moderne foie gras burger. But there’s a lot more to love during restaurant week with baby gem salad with grapefruit, pickled red onions, herb and anchovy dressing, and croutons; steak frites with shallot jus and pommes frites; and financier de Mais for dessert, prepared with blueberry compote, lime, and caramel corn ice cream. For dinner, guests can partake of lobster salad with Carolina shrimp, vegetable crudité, iceberg lettuce and aioli; roasted duck breast with cherries, turnips, fregola, and duck jus; and butterscotch pot de crème with chocolate shortbread and vanilla Chantilly. Make a reservation at db Bistro Moderne.
Diners in NoMad know Scarpetta is always a delicious place to enjoy Restaurant Week. This year, they can expect a few new preparations on the special menu. Dishes include roasted beet salad with Castelrosso, pistachio, and beet vinaigrette; polenta with fricassée of truffled mushroom; yellowtail with pickled red onion; and, spaghetti with tomato and basil. Lunch entrees also include branzino with heirloom tomato and charred corn vinaigrette, along with roasted chicken and biscotti for dessert. During dinner, diners will also have a choice of cauliflower Romanesco and branzino with a slightly different preparation of snap peas, sunchoke, spring onion, and tarragon; roasted chicken; spaghetti; and one of three desserts — coconut wanna cotta, olive oil cake, or Valrhona chocolate cake. Make a reservation at Scarpetta.
Just the thought of Indian food makes the taste buds leap front and center. At Rahi on Greenwich, the menu doesn’t disappoint. Featured dishes include edamame artichoke chat and Lasooni chicken as well as banana leaf chicken. Desserts include mawa tart or pistachio khulfi. Make a reservation at Rahi.
There are many reasons why this 58th Street Italian eatery has lasted almost 40 years, but chief among them is the annual debut of chef Fortunato Nicotra’s summer menus. This year, diners are excited to try his salmon affumicato with house-smoked salmon pastrami, egg, and potato salad, along with his creative interpretation of Tiramisu with whipped mascarpone, Nutella, and Pavesini cookie. Make a reservation at Felidia.
The Bryant Park hotspot DaDong from chef Dong Zhenxiang presents several mouthwatering Chinese dishes. They include the dramatic stir-fried duck treasures served on a crisp potato nest with pine puts; Kung Pao chicken; and beef noodle soup with summer vegetables. For the dinner specials, you’ll find sweet and sour pork ribs sprinkled with powdered sugar; cold avocado noodles with spicy Sichuan sauce; and an almond tofu dessert with summer fruits. Best of all, diners can supplement these dishes with DaDong’s signature Peking duck – $88 for the whole duck and $48 for a half duck – with any restaurant week menu order. Make a reservation at DaDong.
Estiatorio Milos Midtown + Estiatorio Milos Hudson Yards
Plan to make two stops for Greek food this week, once in Midtown Manhattan and the other at the dining and shopping mecca that is Hudson Yards. Both locations of Estiatorio Milos are celebrating with a choice of Greek meze plate with tzatziki, taramosalata, htipiti, warm pita, and marinated raw vegetables or tomato salad with ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, onions, feta, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt. The second course includes Icelandic Arctic char grilled with Piazzi-style beans or roasted organic chicken breast with a warm salad of eggplant, peppers, onions, mint yogurt, and herbs. Make a reservation at Estiatorio Milos Midtown + Estiatorio Milos Hudson Yards.
Michelin-starred restaurants are in high demand during restaurant week, including the Indian 24th Street stand-out, Junoon. Dishes on this year’s special menu include watermelon chaat with watermelon, cantaloupe, goat cheese, black salt, and watermelon rind achaar; hara kofta with mustard greens, paneer dumpling, preserved lemon relish, and green chili; and, Ma’s rice pudding with candied almonds, puffed rice, and caramelized banana. Make a reservation at Junoon.
Le Coq Rico
The Flatiron District is the place to find a contemporary French bistro menu with Le Coq Rico’s variations on classic French dishes. In addition to the standard restaurant week specials of $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 dinners, Le Coq Rico presents an additional third course during lunch for $38, featuring deviled eggs with octopus; cabbage and cumin salad; duck rillettes with pickled vegetables; and corn veloute with popcorn garnish. Next, diners can choose between a poultry burger with pineapple chutney on a homemade bun, 120-day aged Brune landaise quarter with seasonal vegetable salad; and ratatouille with poached eggs and fresh herbs. Desserts include Le Coq Rico’s L’ile Flottante with red praline and crème anglaise, and ice cream and sorbet choices. The three-course dinner includes leek vinaigrette with hollandaise; heirloom tomato salad with herb pesto; and main course choices like duck leg confit with coco beans and tomato and lemon confit; and roasted shrimp tagliatelle with green peas, cherry tomatoes, and sauce de Paris butter. For dessert, don’t miss the Vicherin with lemon and strawberry sorbet, meringue, and Chantilly. Make a reservation at Le Coq Rico.
Within the luxe W. New York in Union Square, Irving offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu — a treat for seed-to-table diners who patronize the Union Square Greenmarket nearby. Irvington sources many of its ingredients from the market and for restaurant week is presenting grilled corn and watermelon salad, grilled octopus, wild striped bass, and petite Babette steak, among other to-be-announced items. Make a reservation at Irvington.
Between the Brooklyn Bridge, Fulton Street, and the World Trade Center, Augustine in The Beekman Hotel is the place to be during Restaurant Week for Manhattan history buffs. This hotel’s theatrical and literary past dates back to 1761 — long before it became a Thompson Hotel in 2016. Chef Markus Glocker has prepared a dedicated lunch menu for the occasion. Dishes include roasted beet linzer with mâche salad and crème fraîche; salmon crudo with a lime vinaigrette, dill, and fresh horseradish; the signature Augustine burger; steak frites; and dorade Royale with roasted cauliflower and beurre noisette.Make a reservation at Augustine.
MIFUNE New York
Home to Washoku cuisine re-envisioned within the framework of French technique, Mifune New York is home to dishes like uni chawanmushi, foie gras terrine with Hacho miso, and straw-smoked lamb chop – but for this occasion, Yuu Shimano is presenting a delightful play on the marriage of the two cuisines. The menu features black cherry gazpacho, smoked trout and summer vegetables, pork belly tonkotsu, and roasted duck breast with cognac pepper sauce. Make a reservation at MIFUNE New York.
Hudson Yards Grill
From Michael Lomonaco comes Hudson Yards Grill with his take on American classics for their very first restaurant week. Appetizers include yellow tomato gazpacho with toasted almonds and chilled crudites and fruit. Main course options include vegetarian quinoa risotto with mushrooms, peas, fava beans, coconut milk, and almond butter; grilled flatbread with fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes; and steak frites with market vegetables. Dessert choices include warm flourless chocolate torte, South Carolina coconut cake, and an ice cream sundae. The dinner menu also includes little gem Caesar salad; Faroe Island salmon with ruby Swiss chard, and mustard vinaigrette potatoes; and petit filet mignon. Make a reservation at Hudson Yards Grill.
Beauty & Essex
In one of the coolest, design-centric places to dine in Manhattan, Beauty & Essex is located in a curated contemporary pawn shop. Beyond that, the food is the star with restaurant week dishes like tuna poke wonton tacos, chile relleno empanadas, barbecue short ribs, and a sweet tea bourbon sorbet shot for dessert. Make a reservation at Beauty & Essex.
The multi-level eatery of TAO Downtown in Chelsea provides a respite from the noise of the streets in a subterranean space. Among the Pan-Asian menu items during restaurant week are spicy tuna tartare, crispy bao bun, beef Mongolian, honey-glazed salmon, and banana pudding. Make a reservation at TAO Downtown.
Twinning in style, TAO Uptown is also serving a few memorable specials for Restaurant week. The Midtown East restaurant presents lemongrass shrimp skewers, spicy basil chicken lettuce wraps, a sashimi chirashi bowl, and the chocolate Zen parfait. Make a reservation at TAO Uptown.
Opa! A trip to the Greek islands may not be in the cards for you this summer, but Kyma Flatiron has the next best thing from their décor salute to the white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and endless skies – not to mention the food. Menu specials include watermelon salad, spanakopita, lamb chops, lavraki, a lamb burger, and baklava. Make a reservation at Kyma Flatiron.
In this ‘Italian meets industrial chic’ buzzy dining spot, you can expect to find several classic Southern Italian menu items on the list of things to try. Some of the highlights include watermelon gazpacho, sautéed mussels marinara, grano arso cavatelli, caprese pizza, a ribeye steak, and Oreo zeppole (Ed. Note: These sweet creations are beyond delicious). Make a reservation at LAVO.
The Moxy Chelsea in the Floral District is home to Feroce Ristorante, new on the scene and an homage to vintage Italy down to the hand-painted murals on the walls. The two-course lunch features the Viaggo ai Castelli selection of dry-cured market Italian meats and cheese served with Cerginola olives and prosciutto di Parma aged 24-months with buffalo mozzarella, 40-year aged balsamic, and basil emulsion. Entrees include risotto from the Grazzani Farm in Italy with organic asparagus and fresh morel mushrooms, and Griglia wild-caught black bass with sugar snap peas, oyster mushrooms, rainbow chard, and salsa verde. Make a reservation at Feroce Ristorante.
Share and share alike at Kingside, the Le Méridien Central Park’s street-level eatery. Restaurant week menu features include some Kingside favorites, among small plates and entrées. They include bigeye tuna ceviche, Wagyu dumplings, red oak salad, seared duck breast, and a molten chocolate-hazelnut cake for dessert. Make a reservation at Kingside.
Hakkasan New York
Claypot heaven awaits at Hakkasan New York. If you live for Chinese food, this is your jam. Presenting Cantonese cuisine, special dim sum menu items include the Hakka steamed dim sum platter with shrimp and bamboo shoot, prawn and Chinese chive, and black pepper duck dumpling. For entrees, choose from spicy prawns with lily bulb and almond; Sanpei chicken claypot with sweet basil, chili, and spring onion; stir-fry shredded beef with broccolini; tofu, aubergine, and Japanese mushroom claypot with chili and black bean sauce; and stir-fry vegetarian chicken in black pepper sauce. Make a reservation at Hakkasan New York.
Sea Fire Grill
For many diners, summer means savory seafood. Sea Fire Grill is known for its East and West Coast oysters, steamed lobster, and yellowfin tuna tartare. During restaurant week, the menu will also include organic Scottish salmon with black rice, yogurt honey-mustard sauce, and fresh dill. Make a reservation at Sea Fire Grill.
Benjamin Steakhouse Prime
When traversing Park and Madison Avenues, Benjamin Steakhouse Prime is where steak lovers flock for a premium cut of beef. But during summer restaurant week, you can feast for less with a menu that includes a few beloved classic steakhouse dishes within the special pricing, such as lobster bisque, a wedge salad, and jumbo lump crabcake. Make a reservation at Benjamin Steakhouse Prime.
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Photo credits: Ron Haviv (Augustine); Will Engelman (Feroce); Noah Fecks (Hudson Yard Grill, Le Coq Rio); Battman (LAVO); Graham Haber (The Morgan).