The bi-annual NYC Restaurant Week is back with their $25 three-course lunch specials and $38 dinner menus from January 18 – February 5. This is a great opportunity to sample the endless options of gastronomy this city has to offer. Whether trying a brand new addition to New York’s thriving restaurant community or returning to an old favorite, we know the decision can be overwhelming.
Here are some of our recommendations to help you navigate your reservation for any occasion.
WORK WEEK LUNCHES
21 W. 52nd St. (52 St/5 Av)
Ranked among the top 10 most popular restaurants in New York City, ’21’ welcomes you with superb American cuisine, a Wine Spectator Grand Award–winning wine list and truly incomparable service in a convenient location just steps from Fifth Avenue.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
447 Lexington Ave. (Lexington Av/45 St)
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse located across from Grand Central Terminal, offers regional Italian food with a focus on the grill, handmade using the finest ingredients.
Empire Steak House
237 W. 54th St. (54 St/Broadway)
The all-white, 50-foot marble bar and sprawling dining room provide an air of sophistication. Empire is acclaimed for its dry-aged porterhouse for two, and the rest of the vast menu features a wide range of fresh seafood including 4- to 5-pound lobsters, Chilean sea bass, salmon, yellow fin tuna and towering seafood platters.
121 Hudson St. (Hudson/North Moore)
Decorated with black and white lacquer, the main dining room features original works by artists such as Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton. The menu offers both authentic Beijing cuisine and Mr. Chow’s original recipes like Chicken Satay, Mr. Chow Noodles, Green Prawns and Ma Mignon.
The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St. (Stanton St/Ludlow St)
The Lower East Side’s sexiest restaurant and lounge is home to Celebrity Chef Chris Santos’ trend setting multi-ethnic share plate menu, designed to offer guests a chance to experience multiple dishes and flavors throughout their meal.
Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lenox Ave. (Lenox Av/125 St)
Paying homage to Harlem’s culturally rich and diverse neighborhood, Marcus Samuelsson has created a restaurant that focuses on elevated American comfort food against a backdrop of warm colors, stimulating art and soulful sounds.
60 E. 54th St. (54/Park)
The dining room’s lush red leather banquettes and dim, attractive lighting have restored the distinctive thrill of dining in a restaurant that is both glamorous and cozy, and the sensibility hearkens back to a bygone era of style and etiquette.
Park Avenue Winter
360 Park Ave. South (Park Av So/26 St)
Winter, spring, summer, fall—for every season, the eatery Park Avenue (recently relocated to NoMad from the Upper East Side) changes its name, appearance and menu, taking the concept of seasonal cuisine to new heights.
403 W. 13th St. (13 St/9 Av)
Focusing on the Asian street food Vongerichten has enjoyed in his travels east, the menu offers everything from charred chili-rubbed beef skewers with Thai basil dipping sauce to pineapple and cinnamon sticky buns with rose petal ice cream.
Ben & Jack’s Steak House
255 Fifth Ave. (5 Av/28 St)
In addition to offering prime dry-aged porterhouse steaks, including their signature 44-ouncer, as well as other flavorful cuts of meat, the restaurant offers an array of fresh seafood, from fresh oysters to a hefty four-pound lobster.
Il Mulino New York – Uptown
37 E. 60th St. (60 St/Madison Av)
Il Mulino New York serves expertly crafted dishes with unparalleled service, emphasizing authentic Abruzzese preparations. For more than 30 years, their restaurants have remained top rated in New York’s elite dining scene.
Root & Bone
200 E. 3rd St. (3 St/Av B)
The East Village restaurant serves classic southern fare with modern technique. Root & Bone’s menu consists of soul-nurturing, conscientiously sourced, farm-fresh ingredients that are seasonal and locally sourced.