Wednesday, August 4

New York City Restaurant Week is back this summer and here’s what you should order at its best spots

New York Metropolis Restaurant Week, which is now dwell for eating, has been a twice annual custom since 1992. When it first acquired cooking, the culinary vacation was celebrated with $19.92 lunch specials at eating places like Tribeca Grill. Surprisingly, these noon meals solely rose to $26 by 2020. What’s even wilder? This yr’s costs have truly fallen. Kind of. 

Summer season 2021’s NYC Restaurant Week, which runs from July 19 by means of August 22, has three pricing tiers: $21, $39 and $125 for lunch or dinner. RW organizers advise eating places to supply not less than an entree and a aspect for the primary two tiers, and the $125 ticket should embody three or extra programs plus a bit one thing additional like wine. 

This yr, greater than 500 collaborating Italian, Thai, Russian, Cuban, Spanish, French, Mexican, Indian, Brazilian and Japanese izakayas, ice cream parlors, steakhouses, fish bars, brasseries, bistros, grills, cafes and sushi eating places determine which offers to supply when. And also you determine what number of of those marvelous choices you possibly can cram into four-and-a-half fantastic weeks. It’s quite a bit! 

We’ve narrowed the sphere to the easiest Restaurant Week locations the place you’ll get nice meals, have time, and would possibly even wish to ebook once more. We’ll be increasing on these picks with extra menu suggestions within the coming weeks. 


The restaurant: One in all our 50 finest eating places, and from the identical staff behind Dhamaka, certainly one of this yr’s finest new openings, this highly-regarded Indian restaurant in Queens is the type of place we at all times hope will be part of Restaurant Week. 

Our prix-fixe choose: The dahi batata puri, tandoori gobi and dilliwala butter hen for $39 at dinner Sunday-Friday. 

Charlies Bar & Kitchen

The restaurant: Observe the clock tower to this cozy South Bronx spot the place we’ve lengthy been followers of the brunch and cocktails. Situated in a one-time piano manufacturing unit, its current inside is lined with uncovered brick, leather-based banquettes and, within the night hours, lit with a golden mild that makes everybody appear to glow.

Our prix-fixe choose: We seldom see Restaurant Week spots catering to solo diners, so Charlies is price a visit for its two-course meal for one: moules frites adopted by seared steak with asparagus and mashed potatoes for $39 at dinner. 

Gramercy Tavern

The restaurant: Relying in your temper, Gramercy tavern can really feel energy lunch-adjacent, Outdated New York-y, romantic or unique. It isn’t simply an important day area reflecting your personal event, it’s a particular place, with historical past and character and wonderful meals and drinks. We’re a fan of the five-course tasting menu (which presently contains poached lobster and roasted duck and clocks in at $148) once we’re trying to make an evening of it and Restaurant Week is the right time to get in for much less money. 

Our prix-fixe choose: Gramercy Tavern joins RW for weeks three and 4; test again for menus!


The restaurant: An East Village favourite since 2003, Fireplace seems to be and looks like a restaurant in a movie about NYC the place no one’s issues are that massive of a deal however there are nonetheless lots of lengthy monitoring photographs set to moody music. It even retained its following after a slight idea redirect (no trans fat, hormones or antibiotics) just a few years in the past, which isn’t at all times a given. 

Our prix-fixe choose: The chilled zucchini soup, beef and ricotta meatballs with cacio e pepe polenta and the honey panna cotta for $39 at lunch from Monday-Friday and dinner Saturday and Sunday. Fireplace’s non-compulsory wine pairing is $26. 

Izakaya Juraku

The restaurant: Add any certainly one of Izakaya Jukaru’s 50 Japanese craft beers to your prix-fixe and we guess you’ll wish to order a half-a-hundred extra. Each is eight to 10 bucks, so it is a terrific possibility for getting tipsy with out quadrupling your onigiri, ramen and karaage tab.

Our prix-fixe choose: The karaage, spicy ramen and the dorayaki for $39 at lunch and dinner from Tuesday-Sunday. 

Mikey Likes it Ice Cream

The restaurant: Ice cream? For summer time? Groundbreaking! We don’t bear in mind ever seeing an ice cream store on any earlier Restaurant Week roster and we’re terrifically excited for this new improvement! Mikey’s on a regular basis flavors embody strawberry cheesecake, mint fudge brownie and vegan blueberry hibiscus.  

Our prix-fixe choose: Test again for menus!

Nobu Downtown

The restaurant: All people is aware of Nobu, and even probably the most well-connected amongst us can’t move up a possibility to say having just lately been in all casual-like. It’s also owned by Robert De Niro as a result of on this city, in case you can dream it, you might be it, child! Very-known Nobu is significantly noteworthy for its Japanese/Peruvian menus.

Our prix-fixe choose: The yellowtail sashimi and black cod with eggplant miso for $39 at lunch from Monday-Friday. 

The Russian Tea Room

The restaurant: Basic, dramatic and expansive however undesirably situated in Midtown, when else are you going to go to The Russian Tea Room, the place the caviar and Champagne pairings begin at $275? After a present at Carnegie Corridor?! Good thought! Do this, and do it now when you may get a style of the Tea Room’s blini, blinchik and stroganoff for a music. 

Our prix-fixe choose: Test again for menus!


The restaurant: Korean-French plates in a rustic-chic area that’s been accruing accolades since first opening in 2018. 

Our prix-fixe choose: A little bit of an outlier, the primary 4 of Soogil’s five-course, $125 Signature Eating Expertise are set. You’ll pattern elaborate preparations of kampachi tartare with abalone and caviar, scallop, foie gras and brief rib with a glass of wine, cocktail or sake at dinner from Wednesday-Saturday. Order the Jenga Tower for dessert. 

Spanish Diner

The restaurant: Mercado Little Spain is the very best a part of the Hudson Yards Retail advanced and Spanish Diner is a particular piece of its pie proper by the Excessive Line. Its major menu contains bocatas and huevos 5 methods, 4 sorts of croquetas, a refreshing gazpacho and macarrones con chorizo. You’ll catch us there throughout sangria hour when glasses are $5 and $6.  

Our prix-fixe choose: The ensalada de tomates, pollo guisado con arroz and the flan for $39 at lunch and dinner.

Tamarind Tribeca

The restaurant: Excessive ceilings and a shiny marbly bar make the downtown outpost of the Michelin starred Flatiron authentic really feel like a breezy breath of contemporary air. Its strong each day dinner menu features a scrumptious hen tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, saag paneer and a particular seafood plate with lobster, shrimp, scallops, sea bass and seasonal fish.

Our prix-fixe choose: The crab nazakat, tandori broccoli, gosht kali mirch and gulkand cheesecake for $39 at lunch. 

Tribeca Grill

The restaurant: One of many first spots to take part in NYC Restaurant Week again in 1992 (two years after it first opened), Tribeca Grill’s price a peep to see what’s saved it a contender for 3 many years and counting. 

Our prix-fixe choose: Chips, guac and salsa, mustard-glazed BBQ ribs with corn and potato salad and the fudge brownie for $39 at dinner Tuesday-Friday. 

Union Sq. Cafe

The restaurant: We’ve at all times related Union Sq. Café with individuals who drink white wine out of large glasses on like a Tuesday afternoon and perpetually seem to have simply gotten their dry cleansing and typically it’s good to really feel that method, too! Skip work and swing by for dishes that would embody hamachi crudo, burrata, a number of forms of pasta or poached halibut.  

Our prix-fixe choose: Test again for menus!


The restaurant: A neighborhood favourite with menus impressed by Spain and the coast of Italy, with a prolonged wine record and loads of room to linger on the zinc bar or at tables in and out. 

Our prix-fixe choose: The bacalao croquettes, black spaghetti with octopus, scallops and mussels and the olive oil cake with berry compote and whipped cream for $39 at lunch and dinner. 


The restaurant: Top-of-the-line eating places of the yr when it first opened in 2019, Wayan is very designed with ornate particulars in and out with Indonesian-French menu gadgets to match. We’ve beforehand loved its lobster noodles, dry-aged crescent duck and crab fried rice.  

Our prix-fixe choose: The papua ceviche, assorted satays and lobster noodles with a welcome drink, beverage pairing and a go to to your desk from the chef for $125.