This year, it’s called NYC Restaurant Week To Go, and every participating restaurant offers a $20.21 takeout or delivery meal for an entree and at least one side dish.
MasterCard is sponsoring the event. Register your card to get a $10 rebate for all orders over $20.21 on orders and delivered by GrubHub, BentoBox, Bbot and Tock.
Remember which meal delivery companies are NOT participating in this program to help the NYC restaurant industry, so you can avoid them in the future.
You can help restaurants even more if you order directly and pick up your order yourself, so restaurants avoid the third-party delivery charge.
Participating restaurants including Babbo, Blue Smoke, Red Rooster, Pastis, Quality Eats, Mercer Kitchen and Bar Boulud are offering lunch or dinner with one side dish for $20.21.
The list includes including hot spots like Michael Stillman’s steakhouse Quality Eats and Melba Wilson’s Harlem favorite Melba’s.
The full list of participating NYC Restaurant Week To Go, locations is online where you can search by location or type of food, Black-owned, date night, etc.
The official program runs from January 25 to February 1, although each restaurant has the option of extending the promotion through February, including Valentine’s Day, to encourage New Yorkers and visitors to support the restaurant industry, which has been struggling for the last year.
It’s a great opportunity to try a new restaurant or revisit an old favorite.
You’ll eat well, eat cheap, and help the NYC restaurant industry, which has been so hard-pressed in the last 12 months.
Additional Mastercard Money Back Deal
In addition to the $10 back restaurant offer, Mastercard is offering $10 back on every $20 spent on attractions, museums, shopping and more at select locations, and $25 back on every $100 spent on hotels up to $100 back. That deal is good through March 31, 2021 or while supplies last. As with all such money-back offers, you must register your card before any qualifying purchase to get the credit.
About NYC Restaurant Week
NYC Restaurant Week To Go is the pandemic version of the city’s decades-old, twice-a-year Restaurant Week, in January/February and in July/August, and has been in conjunction with Broadway Week Two-for-One tickets.
Since there are no live Broadway shows this year, Broadway Week deals have been cancelled.
NYC Restaurant Week was started nearly 30 years ago as a way to boost business in the normally quiet days after the Christmas holidays and during the summer doldrums.
Its popularity has led to cities from Albuquerque to Zagreb creating their own local Restaurant Weeks.
NYC Restaurant Week to Go is positioned to be the biggest NYC Restaurant Week in history, the New York Post reports.
Partly, that’s because organizer NYC & Company – the city’s tourism agency – waived fees to participate in the semi-annual program.
Restaurants in Manhattan normally pay $2,800 while eateries in the outer boroughs typically pay $1,500 to participate, which limits participation to well-established restaurants, not small family-owned neighborhood eateries.
With 571 restaurants signed up to participate in this month’s program, it’s far larger than the last highest record of 391 participating restaurants in the summer of 2017.
According to NY Eater, much of the influx of new restaurants comes from boroughs outside of Manhattan. Last year, only 17 restaurants outside of Manhattan participated in the city’s program, according to the Post.
This year, 184 restaurants outside of Manhattan, including 78 in Brooklyn, 45 in Queens, 17 in the Bronx, and 19 in Staten Island.