You should be making your reservations now for NYC Restaurant Week 2016, when nearly 400 top NYC restaurants are participating with three-course meals for $29 at lunch and $42 at dinner. That just a few bucks more than the prices for NYC Restaurant Week in January 2016, when prices were $25 and $39.
NYC Restaurant week is really three weeks, July 25 to August 19.
This is your chance to splurge on a gourmet meal in such top-rated locally owned restaurants as Blue Smoke, CraftBar, David Burke Kitchen and the classic and timeless Il Mulino.
- See the NYCOTC Cheap Eats page for deals from local restaurants and national chains.
- Read the best kid-friendly restaurants in the USA
Make reservations through Open Table directly with participating restaurants, where you can search by location, type of food, or whether you prefer lunch or dinner.
My recommendation is lunch. Not because it’s $13 cheaper, but because dinners usually sell out first and you are likely to have more choice at lunch.
Here’s another NY insider deal — if you have an American Express card (and don’t most of us) —register your card with Amex for this special event, and get $5 back on your next bill statement for each $35 spent at a participating Restaurant Week dining spot.
Or, you can double-down by purchasing a $35 gift card at a participating Restaurant Week eatery to trigger the $5 Amex refund, and use the gift card another time.
NYC Restaurant Week started more than 20 years ago as a way of beefing up business in the slow, dog days of summer, and has turned into a major culinary event copied by cities across the USA and around the world, from Albuquerque to Warsaw.