Top New York City Restaurant Week Lunch Picks

Enjoy a Restaurant Week Lunch at One of These Great Restaurants

With so many restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, it can be overwhelming to choose just where to go for lunch with your friends or co-workers. These are the top recommendations for where to go for lunch during Restaurant Week, but please note that participation is subject to change, so always consult the most recent Restaurant Week website, as well as calling the restaurant of your choice in advance. For the best dinner options, see this Restaurant Week recommendations guide, and for more general tips, see this Restaurant Week overview.

  • 01 of 09
    Gotham Bar and Grill, West Village.
    Gotham Bar and Grill in the West Village. Getty Images/Lonely Planet

    Delicious American cuisine makes Gotham Bar and Grill a worthwhile Restaurant Week destination. Gotham Bar and Grill even received the coveted one-star rating in the Michelin Red Guide. Lunch here will feel like a splurge, even if you're not paying full price. 

  • 02 of 09

    For over 10 years, the Red Cat has been pleasing diners in Chelsea with its high-quality American cuisine in a refined, yet comfortable environment. The Restaurant Week Menu features choices that reflect the restaurant's fresh, seasonal cuisine. 

  • 03 of 09

    Chinese restaurants in New York are famous for their tasty and inexpensive eats, so it doesn't always make sense to go during Restaurant Week, but Shun Lee serves up authentic, flavorful Chinese cuisine in a ritzy setting that may be out of your normal budget, so take advantage while you can.

  • 04 of 09
    Morimoto restaurant. Wikimedia Commons/Ludovic Bertron

    Sample Iron Chef Morimoto's Meatpacking District restaurant, known for its delicious Japanese and fusion dishes, as well as top-quality sushi. This restaurant is notorious for being pricey, so this is your chance to try it without breaking the bank. 

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    This innovative restaurant is ever changing its look. A full overhaul of the decor is done as the seasons change, and the food is fancy and delicious, without being pretentious. 

  • 06 of 09
    2017 Porter House Bar and Grill

    Enjoy great views of Manhattan, as well as very tasty food at Porter House New York, located in the Time Warner Center in Midtown. Porter House New York's Restaurant Week menu typically includes Caesar salad, steak frites, and classic New York cheesecake.

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    Seafood is notorious for being expensive, so saddle up to this fish-centric restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Sushi rolls with spicy salmon, crispy shallots and citrusy ponzu sauce and lobster rolls are what's on the menu at lunch, and make sure you save room for dessert because the s'mores pizza, served with burnt marshmallow ice cream is not to be missed.

  • 08 of 09
    Aureole NYC
    Aureole NYC. Wikimedia Commons/Angelo DeSantis

    You'll have to brave Times Square to visit Charlie Palmer's dazzling restaurant, but with an inspired menu including romaine and sugar snap pea salad with ricotta salata, sunflower seeds, and watermelon, and stuffed piquillo peppers with ricotta, couscous, sweet + sour sauce, this lunch will fill you up, but not weigh you down.

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  • 09 of 09

    ABC Kitchen

    Housed inside the ABC Home store, this chic American eatery from world-renowned chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten is best known for sourcing local, organic ingredients, and the Restaurant Week menu is sure to not disappoint.