NYC Restaurant Week is in the midst of its winter 2016 edition, running through February 5. Spend less time researching where to get your grub, and more time digging in, with these five top choices for Restaurant Week eateries on the Upper West Side. Three-course prix fixe lunches and/or dinners are priced at just $25 or $38, respectively (note that these rates don't include beverages, tips, or taxes). For more info, and to reserve your table, visit nycgo.com/restaurant-week. Also see our NYC Restaurant Week picks for the 5 Best Midtown Eateries and 5 Top Restaurants in the Village.
20 W. 64th St., btwn Broadway & Central Park West; bouludsud.com
Close to Lincoln Center, bright and cheery Boulud Sud's open kitchen turns out memorable Mediterranean cuisine designed by celebrated chef Daniel Boulud. Savor flavors spanning Southern France to Northern Africa, with Restaurant Week appetizers like Stokes Farm beet salad with almond skordalia sauce, feta cheese, and shallot vinaigrette, and entrées like chermoula-marinated grilled steak with cumin crushed potatoes, eggplant, and parsley tahini. For Restaurant Week dining, book a table weekdays for either lunch or dinner; Sunday dinner is also available.
Nougatine at Jean-Georges
1 Central Park West, btwn Columbus Circle & W. 61st St.; bouludsud.com
A more casual alternative to the formal Jean Georges restaurant it connects to in Trump Tower, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's value-minded Nougatine doesn't skimp on class or high-caliber cuisine. Inventive, market-driven French fare includes entrées like sautéed flounder with fresh corn pudding and marinated cherry tomato, or crispy organic chicken with summer squash, tomatoes, and herbs. The eatery, renovated by architect Thomas Juul‑Hansen, offers open kitchen dining and lovely views of Central Park, to boot. For Restaurant Week, book lunch and dinner weekdays; Sunday dinner is also open for bookings.
142 W. 65th St., btwn Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.; lincolnristorante.com
Modern, glass-walled, grass-roofed Italian eatery Lincoln Ristorante is scenically set next to Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool, but its wow factor extends well into the kitchen, too. A central open kitchen turns out dishes from Chef Jonathan Benno (formerly of Per Se and Napa Valley’s The French Laundry), sourced from local greenmarkets and Italian imports, with a menu highlighted by fresh pastas and house-made charcuterie. For Restaurant Week, try entrées like braised lamb shoulder or spicy pork sausage. The promotional menu is available for weekday and Sunday lunch.
45 W. 81st St. btwn Columbus Ave. & Central Park West; calleochonyc.com
The longtime UWS favorite offers standout and creative Latin American cuisine in a stunning space. Tuck into ceviches, tapas, steaks, seafood, and more. Come here with a group for lively atmosphere, fueled by mojitos and caipirinhas. Restaurant Week dining is open every night except Saturday.