NYC Restaurant Week: Top Spots to Try

It’s that time of year again!  A promotion from July 24 to August 18 featuring nearly 400 restaurants representing 34 cuisines across 42 NYC neighborhoods. This is something not to be missed! 

During the week, select restaurants offer two-course lunches for $29 and three-course dinners for $42.  Keep in mind that not everything on their menu is a part of the promotion, and beverages, tax, and gratuity aren’t included in the price. 


High Street on Hudson

Where: 637 Hudson St

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If you’re looking for a healthy-ish option, dine at this Philly spin-off that provides housemade breads and pastries, elevated sandwiches, coffee and cocktails.  It is located near the Highline, which makes it a super convenient lunch or dinner spot for before or after tourist-festivities.  The asparagus ricotta pizza for an entrée and the blackberry fennel crumb bar for dessert are a must.


Scarpetta

Where: 355 W 14th St

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This Italian restaurant in the Meatpacking District is known for its handmade pastas.  If you’re a gluten lover, this is the spot for you.  The bread basket to start is For an entrée, try the classic spaghetti with tomato and basil and for dessert, the coconut panna cotta with caramelized pineapple and guava “soup” seems to be the top choice.


Vaucluse

Where: 100 E 63rd St

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Try some French brasserie classics at this stylish spot in the Upper East Side.  Their Restaurant Week menu for lunch and dinner features appetizers such as grilled leeks with toasted almonds and mustard seed vinaigrette, entrees like stuffed veal breast with swiss chard, escarole and gnocchi, and desserts like milk chocolate mousse with lavender ice cream. 


Casa Mono

Where: 52 Irving Pl

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Head over to Casa Mono for the cheapest trip to Spain!  At this Michelin star tapas restaurant you can choose from bone marrow with tuna alioli, roasted quail stuffed with butifarra sausage in fabada asturiana, foie gras with cinco cebollas, and lamb loin pintxo with khlorabi salad and grilled garlic scapes. 


Kingside

 

Where: 124 W 57th St

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Experience chef Marc Murphy’s take on New American cuisine on the first floor of Midtown’s Viceroy hotel.  You’ll be surrounded by a crowd of luxury travellers and business diners in this tastefully decorated restaurant.  Featuring three picks per course, starters include cauliflower croquettes, kale & endive salad, and burrata with heirloom tomatoes, summer peaches, basil & olive oil. 


Ai Fiori

Where: 400 5th Ave #2

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Head over to Ai Fiori in Midtown on the second floor of the Langham Place Fifth Avenue Hotel for a Michelin-star lunch.  Start out with chilled Vidalia onion soup with croutons and crème fraîche, then have the salmon dish with spring vegetable caponata, zucchini puree and radish, and finish with dark chocolate ganache with whipped milk chocolate, coffee and chocolate gelato. 


Jams

Where: 1414 Avenue of the Americas

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If you’re looking for a healthy California-style restauraunt make sure to make your way to Jams where you can try chef Jonathan Waxman’s summer lunch menu.  There’s kale salad with anchovy dressing, pecorino and breadcrumbs to start, sea scallops with avocado puree, radish, purslane and crispy shallots to continue, and a warm macadamia blondie with pretzel ice cream and salted caramel to top it off. 


Blue Water Grill

Where: 31 Union Square W

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Visit Blue Water Grill, which was previously a bank building, in Union Square for impeccable seafood.  They offer the same menu for lunch and dinner, featuring items like watermelon salad, spicy salmon maki with tempura bok choy, and chicken paillard accompanied with grilled peaches and arugula.  Finish it off with triple chocolate cheesecake with sweet and sour cherries or summer fruit upside down cake. 


Chefs Club

Where: 275 Mulberry St

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If you’re looking to try as many chefs’ cooking as possible, visit Chefs Club in Soho to experience this hybrid restaurant, featuring dishes from an accumulation of visiting chefs. For restaurant week, selections include shrimp and grits, braised short ribs with Serrano chile creamed corn, grilled mahi mahi and spaghetti rustichella.  For dessert, options include chocolate peanut caramel with Orizaba ganache and peach cobbler. 


Vandal

Where: 199 Bowery

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If you’re a fan of chopped, head over to Vandal to experience chef Chris Santos dishes inspired by street food from around the world. Starters include grilled sea bass tacos and sushi grade tuna and salmon poke bowl, for an entrée you can choose from prime skirt steak, margherita pizza or pan roasted salmon, and for dessert there are churros, panna cherry panna cotta and a blueberry macaron ice cream sandwich.