New York City is home to a wide variety of cultures and cuisines, making its bi-annual Restaurant Week one of the most popular events for foodies across the United States. In 2018, the Summer Restaurant Week takes place from July 23 through August 13 at participating restaurants around the city.
Although many restaurants participate in New York Restaurant Week, it's difficult to know which choices are best. Not only does the value of a Restaurant Week meal vary dramatically from place to place, the service and quality of your experience will, too. While the official NYC restaurant week website has dozens of great establishments, the best are those offering great food, great service, and a great New York City experience.
From NYC staples like the 21 Club and The Russian Tea Room to luxury dining experiences at Bobby Van's Steakhouse and Kellari Taverna, you're sure to find a great deal at one of these great locations this year during NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2018.
Opened as a speakeasy in 1930, The 21 Club has a tremendously rich history and is famous for both its decorative gate adorned with jockeys and for being a restaurant where many business deals get done. Typically, during Restaurant Week 21 adds a few tables, but that doesn't detract from the experience of dining in this beautiful, subterranean restaurant. Diners can enjoy the same Restaurant Week menu for lunch or dinner—which includes Faroe Islands salmon, Amish chicken, tagliatelle, and mozzarella di bufala—but be sure to budget to enjoy a cocktail to soak up the restaurant's speak-easy ambiance.
While there are some other great New York City steakhouses participating in Restaurant Week this summer, Bobby Van's Steakhouse offers the best deal on the most meat. With four locations to choose from—three in Midtown and one in the Financial District—Bobby Van's offers dinner and lunch menus throughout Restaurant Week featuring well-chosen cuts of steak, lobster, and clams as well as wedge salads and cheesecakes.
Restaurant Week is a great time to try something new, and if you're hoping to try an authentic Greek meal during your trip, look no further than Kellari Taverna. This Midtown establishment offers a full menu of seafood, wine, and Greek specialties like grilled lamb chops, and their Restaurant Week dinner menu includes four to six choices per course, with several options to choose from for each.
While entrees typically run between $25 and $50 on the "Sustainable Menu," the "Captain's Table" 12 to 15-person dinner service usually costs over $1,500, making Restuarant Week the perfect time to get sample their full menu.
Speaking of foreign cuisines, Lupa Osteria Romana features some of the best traditional Roman trattoria (Italian) fare at an unbeatable price during Restaurant Week this year. Located in the West Village, Lupa is owned by world-renowned chef Mario Batali and features a combination of large and small dishes including braised escarole, broccoli rabe, suppli alla romana, coda alla vaccinara, and rigatoni alla gricia.
You'll feel like you're dining in a luxury yacht when you have lunch or dinner at Lure Fishbar during Restaurant Week. This SoHo (South of Houston) establishment features sushi and sashimi rolls, seafood entrees, meat and chicken, and a full range of special appetizers. During Restaurant Week, Lure Fish Bar typically offers a special on the Surf & Turf filet mignon and grilled half-lobster special, the crispy Asian snapper for two, or a selection of signature rolls.
Located on West 57th Street, The Russian Tea Room was founded in 1927 by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet. Although it's undergone changes in ownership and numerous renovations, you might recognize this classic New York City restaurant from films including "Tootsie" and "Manhattan." The Restaurant Week Menu is offered at lunch and dinner and includes choices such as borscht and chicken à la king, although you'll have to order a la carte if you want to enjoy the restaurant's famous caviar.
Opened in 1979, Mr. Chow has been a New York City institution of high-end Chinese cuisine for many years. The 57th Street location has a reputation for hosting fantastic parties for museums, artists, and fashion designers, and during NYC Restuarant Week, guests can sample the combination of old authentic Beijing and original recipes on the dinner menu including chicken satay, Mr. Chow noodles, Beijing duck, and ma mignon.
Opened just before prohibition ended, The Monkey Bar was a popular spot for numerous "Jazz Age" celebrities, artists, musicians, and writers. After falling into disrepair, The Monkey Bar was renovated in 2009, with a beautiful mural by Ed Sorel that pays homage to the figures who frequented the saloon, including Tennessee Williams, Mae West, and Fats Waller. Restauranteur Ken Friedman has introduced a traditionally leaning American menu with an abbreviated version being offered for lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week.
Opened in 1837 in New York City's developing financial district, Delmonico's is considered America's first fine dining restaurant. Chef Alessandro Fellippini created the house special, Delmonico Steak, a boneless rib-eye, and later, Chef Charles Ranhofer developed eggs benedict, baked Alaska, lobster Newburg and chicken a la keene, which are all featured on the Restaurant Week menu.
For nearly thirty years diners have flocked to Gotham Bar and Grill for it's innovative, yet approachable American cuisine and gracious service in Greenwich Village. Gotham Bar and Grill will be offering its Restaurant Week menu at lunch only, which features a prix fixe menu with options including spring pea soup, soft shell crabs, goat cheese tortellini, and Gotham chocolate cake.