The Best of Restaurant Week NYC 2017January 10, 2017 - by City Guide News Desk
It may be the depth of winter in New York, but you’ll find plenty of possibilities for warmth during 2017 Restaurant Week. A hefty 378 spots participate, rolling out a very affordable red carpet with three-course specials for both lunch and dinner. The cost is a fraction of what you might find other weeks—$29 for lunch and $42 for dinner (not including tax and tip). We've got the best of New York's 2017 winter Restaurant Week, but don't wait too long: the specials start on Monday, January 23rd, and end Friday, February 10th.
Ben & Jack’s serves generous portions of steakhouse favorites to a very satisfied clientele. For Restaurant Week, you'll find sizzling Canadian bacon, followed by irresistible mains like filet mignon, Kobe burgers, and shrimp scampi. Ben & Jack's makes accompaniment affordable, too, with a generous outlay of house wines by the bottle. 255 Fifth Ave. (btw. 28th & 29th Sts.), 212-532-7600, benandjackssteakhouse.com
Established in 1969, Bobby Van’s now boasts eight locations throughout the Northeast, with five in Manhattan, including one in a central location near Times Square. They serve the finest USDA dry-aged prime beef and select seafood; sample their best at Restauant Week in a scene that's proudly old-time New York steakhouse, with white tablecloths, elegant wood, and 30-foot high windows. 120 W. 45th St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.), 212-575-5623, bobbyvans.com
For nearly 30 years, China Grill has thrived as a New York hotspot, serving Asian-inspired global cuisine in a soaring black-granite setting. Don't miss them at Restaurant Week, when they roll out special menus that include crackling calamari salad and chicken skewer appetizers, followed by barbecued wild salmon, beef (grilled Szechuan or wokked shaking filet with pear tomato and greens), and wild mushroom pasta with parmesan, butter, and sake, as seen above. Added bonus: they'll throw in a side dish for every two guests, and there are some tasty drink specials as well. 60 W. 53rd St. (Sixth Ave.), 212-333-7788, chinagrillrestaurant.com
Regionally sourced ingredients and imaginative reinterpretations of classic American cooking are on display at David Burke Kitchen in The James New York downtown. Restaurant Week is no exception, with seasonal appetizers like smoked celery root soup paving the way for entrees like roasted wild striped bass, ras el hanout-roasted cauliflower, and steak frites. 23 Grand St. (Sixth Ave.), 212-201-9119, davidburkekitchen.com
Ed's Chowder House brings Montauk to Manhattan, serving up the best of East Coast seafood in an airy, casual space. Celebrate the best of winter at Restaurant Week with a dinner menu that starts off with the house's classic New England-style clam chowder and follows it up with entrees like skate schnitzel, mushroom barley risotto, and organic Skuna Bay salmon. Save room for desserts like lemon meringue pie. 44 W. 63rd St. (btw. Broadway and Columbus Ave.), 212-956-1288, edschowderhouse.nyc
“A farmhouse in the middle of Manhattan,” La Masseria offers classic Italian dishes from the Puglia region of Italy, utilizing the freshest natural ingredients. See for yourself at Restaurant Week, when you can choose from soup, salad, or homemade stuffed mozzarella for antipasti, followed by homemade gnocchi, branzino, or chicken with braised leeks. Chocolate almond cake or lemon sorbet will be your dilemmas for dessert. 235 W. 48th St. (btw. Broadway & Eighth Ave.), 212-582-2111, lamasserianyc.com
Beef, it's what's for Restaurant Week dinner. Morton's The Steakhouse.
Famous for USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine, and elegant desserts, Morton’s The Steakhouse is the ideal place for a memorable dinner. Restaurant Week sees entrees like "dirty" double-cut prime pork chops and shrimp scampi, with tomato bisque and Caesar salad on the appetizers. Save room for dessert: options include Key Lime pie, cheesecake, and double chocolate mousse. 551 Fifth Ave. (on 45th, btw. Fifth & Madison Aves.), 212-972-3315, mortons.com/newyork
Obicà Mozzarella Bar is a casual contemporary Italian restaurant, offering a genuine Italian dining experience centered on the freshest Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP from Italy, fresh homemade pasta, and authentic products from Italy’s rich regional heritages. Across the street from the famous Flatiron Building, you'll find Restaurant Week specials like homemade squid ink taglierini, spinach lasagna with a grassfed beef ragu, and mozzarella di bufala pizza. Desserts are a specialty: look for torta di Capri and tiramisu. 928 Broadway (btw. 21st & 22nd Sts.), 212-777-2754, obica.com
Inspired by a renowned Istanbul neighborhood where cuisine, art, culture, nightlife, and the cosmopolitan converge, the sibling Pera restuarants in New York (Pera Mediterranean Brasserie in midtown and Pera SoHo downtown) are transportative experiences. Regional specialties shine for Restaurant Week. In midtown, look for specials like a signature chicken adana, or a duo of "Shashlik" steak frites with lamb and beef. Midtown: 303 Madison Ave. (btw. 41st & 42nd Sts), 212-878-6301, peranyc.com; downtown: 54 Thompson St. (Broome St.), 212-878-6305, pera-soho.com
For the complete list of participating restaurants, visit nycgo.com.