Reservations are now open for NYC Restaurant Week, when nearly 400 top NYC restaurants serve specially priced three-course meals $26 at lunch and $42 at dinner, the same price as last year.
This is your chance to splurge on a gourmet meal in such top-rated locally owned restaurants as the 21 Club, Delmonico’s and the Russian Tea Room.
There are participating restaurants in all five boroughs, and you can search by location or type of food.
Of course, as always, beverages, taxes and tip are additional.
This is the second of two NYC Restaurant Week programs each year. The winter version is the last week of January and first week of February/.
NYC Restaurant Week is really three weeks, and began nearly 30 years ago as a way to drum up business in the dead days after Christmas, after NYC tourists went home and NYC residents stayed home, and the idea has expanded to hundreds of cities around the globe, from Albuquerque to Zagreb.
I you can’t wait for NYC Restaurant Week, get special $17.89 meals at top French restaurants right now, during French Restaurant Week, through July 14, Bastille Day.
The $17.89 price honors the year of the French Revolution.
NYC Restaurant Week is sponsored by NYCGO, the marketing arm of the city’s convention and visitors bureau, and only dues-paying restaurant members can participate.
Tips for making NYC Restaurant Week reservations:
Find the long list of participating restaurants here.
Make reservations through Open Table which lets you search by location and type of food, and a specific time.
You can also make reservations directly with participating restaurants.
My recommendation is lunch. Not because it’s about half the price of dinner, but because dinners usually sell out first and you are likely to have more choice at lunch.
NYC Restaurant Week has dropped its partnership with American Express and switched to Mastercard, but the deal is the same:
Register your card get a $10 statement credit when you spend $65 or more with your card during this fine dining event.