You could live in New York City for a lifetime and never eat your way through the plentiful plethora of first-class cuisine in every corner, cubbyhole, high-rise, hotel and alleyway across the Big Apple. That’s why snagging a reservation for Restaurant Week NYC is the best to try myriad world-famous dishes for a fraction of the usual eye-popping prices. Here’s a look at the winter version of Restaurant Week NYC in 2018.
When It Happens
Winter Restaurant Week NYC takes places from January 22 to February 9 in 2018, with reservations opening on January 8. You can make easy online reservations through Open Table, the official booking site for the event. Choose Monday through Wednesday for less-crowded seating at the best restaurants, which usually fill up quickly for Thursdays and Fridays. Most venues don’t offer the RW menus on Saturdays.
Tip: Make sure to ask for the Restaurant Week menu when being seated!
What to Expect
More than 350 restaurants participate in both the winter and summer versions of Restaurant Week. Many cluster in Manhattan and the Lower East Side, but venues stretch as far up as Harlem. The goal of the event is to offer fine dining at affordable prices for these few precious days per year.
Participating restaurants for the event provide three-course prix-fixe menus for lunch or dinner. Chefs offer at least three menu options for appetizers and three for entrees, and present at least two desserts. Set prices per person for the three-course meals are $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner. There are typically add-on drink specials and à la carte options for extras fees.
The mystery of which restaurant is participating each year is part of the fun, with many keeping it a secret until the opening day of reservations. To give you a hint based on previous participants, here are a few from the past couple of years.
- The Clocktower restaurant from Chef Jason Atherton, a Michelin-star recipient, features British-inspired dishes inside the Edition Hotel.
- Chefs Club in Nolita routinely features specialties such as smoked Arctic char and Singapore king crab, though the RW menu is always unique.
- Empellón Cocinaleads the pack in the East Village with Mexican cuisine by Alex Stupak. With any luck, they’ll add the pumpkin-see chalupas this year.
- ABC Kitchen ranks as one of the most coveted spots on RW, with fresh organic surprises by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Sit by the phone and have this one of speed dial when reservations open on January 8.
- Minton’s, a swanked-up jazz supper club in Harlem, has been known to participate in Restaurant Week, dishing out down-home yummies such as collard green salad and baked sweet potatoes.
Living in New York City puts you in the heart of fine dining or casual cafes every day of the year. Stop by one of our apartment communities in NYC for a free guided tour and to hear about move-in specials.