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The Best of Summer Restaurant Week NYC 2018

July 9, 2018 - by City Guide News Desk
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Summer may be New York's quiet(er) season, but the city's restaurant scene will be going full-force for Summer Restaurant Week. Almost 400 spots participate, rolling out a very affordable red carpet with three-course specials for both lunch and dinner (the meals are mostly on the weekdays, with a few Sundays, and a few brunches, included in the mix). The cost is a fraction of what you might find other weeks—$26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner, not including tax, tip, and drinks. We've got the best of New York's 2018 Summer Restaurant Week, but don't wait too long: the specials only run July 23rd through August 17th.

crab cake benjamin prime

Benjamin Prime, the 2017 Concierge Choice Award winner for New Restaurant, combines modern elegance with traditional steakhouse classics. For Restaurant Week 2018, look for weekday lunch specials that include appetizers like lobster bisque or bacon and bleu cheese wedge salads, and mains like USDA prime junior New York sirloin, grilled chicken Caesar salad, or soy-glazed grilled Scottish salmon. 23 E. 40th St. (btw. Park & Madison Aves.), 212-338-0818, benjaminsteakhouse.com/prime

Established in 1969, Bobby Van’s now boasts locations throughout the Northeast, 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 Restaurant Week in a scene that's proudly old-time New York steakhouse, with white tablecloths, elegant wood, and 30-foot high windows. Filet mignon, veal chops, and prime sirloin are among your options. 120 W. 45th St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.), 212-575-5623, bobbyvans.com

chazz palminteri restaurant

Academy award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri has partnered up with Empire Steak House to bring the best of homestyle Italian cooking to midtown Manhattan. For Restaurant Week, Chazz Palminteri Italian Restaurant will be serving special lunch and dinner menus, with the option for manager-selected $40 wine bottles. Look out for the likes of fried calamari, risotto, USDA prime skirt steak, and homemade pastas. 30 W. 46th St. (btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 212-355-5540, chazzpalminterinyc.com

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Darbar boasts some of New York City's most authentic Indian food at more than reasonable prices. Look for classic masalas, vindaloos, tandoori, and korma dishes, alongside specialties like Maine crab cakes and potato croquettes stuffed with goat cheese. For Restaurant Week, Darbar will be serving a dinner special Monday through Friday nights, with Sunday nights thrown in as well. 152 E. 46th St. (btw. Third and Lexington Aves.), 212-681-4500, darbarny.com

Fine Indian dining in an elegant setting is what you'll find at Midtown East's Darbar Grill. Great ambience and service complement an impressive range of seafood, chicken, goat, and vegetarian entrees. For Restaurant Week, Darbar Grill will be joining its sibling Darbar in serving dinner specials Monday through Friday nights, with Sunday nights also thrown in as well. 157 E. 55th St. (btw. Third and Lexington Aves.), 212-751-4600, darbargrill.com

david burke kitchen creative cuisine

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 lunch, brunch, and dinner specials on the docket. Seasonal appetizers like crispy zucchini and gazpacho pave the way for entrees like roasted branzino, ricotta cavatelli, and pan-roasted sea scallops. 23 Grand St. (Sixth Ave.), 212-201-9119, davidburkekitchen.com

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York boasts a sophisticated space that reflects the energy, vibrancy, and romanticism of the city. Excellent service combines with generous portions of legendary steaks and seafood. For Restaurant Week, Del Frisco's will offer a special lunch, available Monday through Friday. 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129, delfriscos.com

empire steak house

Built by a trio of brothers who learned their trade at the legendary Peter Luger Steakhouse, Empire Steak House shows off the finest cuts of steaks, the freshest seafood, and a premium selection of wine. There are two convenient locations in midtown: the East Side near Grand Central and the West Side in the Theatre District. For Restaurant Week, look for prix fixe temptations like extra-thick sizzling Canadian bacon, fried calamari, lobster ravioli, and filet mignon. Manager-selected bottles of wine are just $40 each. 151 E. 50th St. (btw. Third & Lexington Aves.), 212-582-6900; 237 W. 54th St. (btw. Broadway & Eighth Ave.), 212-586-9700, empiresteakhousenyc.co

Fogo de Chao

Never show up at a Brazilian steakhouse without an appetite, especially if it’s Fogo de Chão. From Monday to Friday they'll be marking Restaurant Week. Look for their famous Market Table & Feijoada Bar (feijoada is a traditional black bean stew with sausage), and continuous tableside service of fire-roasted meats. Let the unlimited beef ancho, fraldinha, costela, filet mignon, picanha, and alcartra, and more fill you up. There are some tasty sides as well, and you get a choice of New York cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, or Key lime pie for dessert. Mention "Restaurant Week" to receive special pricing. 40 W. 53rd St. (btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 212-969-9980, fogo.com

Since 1908, Little Italy's Grotta Azzurra has been a favorite of Enrico Caruso and many other celebs. Pizzas, pastas, steaks, seafood, salads—you'll find something for everyone. At Restaurant Week, special menus will be available for daily lunches and dinners. Start off with mango salad or seafood ravioli, follow with the likes of fettuccini salmon, chicken Diavolo, or lamb chops oreganata, and finish with a choice of Italian cheesecake, cannolli, tartufo, or tiramisu. 177 Mulberry St. (Broome St.), 212-925-8775, bluegrotta.com

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Il Cortile is a family-owned restaurant that’s been a Little Italy institution since 1975. Exposed brick and ample greenery make for a special meal in the stunning atrium garden. Look for classics like Caprese salads, lightly fried shrimp, and baked clams oreganate among the appetizer options; fresh branzini, spaghetti puttanesca, and chicken gnocchi are among the entrees in the three-course dinner. 125 Mulberry St. (btw. Canal & Hester Sts.), 212-226-6060, ilcortile.com

La Masseria

“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 special bargain menus will be available for weekday lunches and dinners, plus brunch/lunch and dinner on Sunday. Salad, stuffed mozzarella, or soup of the day kick things off, followed by gnocchi, branzino, or grilled chicken and braised leeks. 235 W. 48th St. (btw. Broadway & Eighth Ave.), 212-582-2111, lamasserianyc.com

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 grilled rib-eyes and shrimp scampi, with onion soup, lobster bisque, and Caesar salads on the appetizers. Save room for dessert: options include Key Lime pie and double chocolate mousse. 551 Fifth Ave. (on 45th, btw. Fifth & Madison Aves.), 212-972-3315, mortons.com/newyork

In Neapolitan dialect, the word “obicà” translates as “here it is,” and if you’re looking for some of the freshest and most authentic Italian in New York City, point yourself to Obicà Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina, where you’ll find it served right before your eyes. A mozzarella sampler leads off the Restaurant Week dinner appetizer list, joined by mozzarella di bufala, meatballs, and prosciutto and cantaloupe. Pizza porcini, red snapper, and rib-eye tagliata are among the entree highlights. 928 Broadway (btw. 21st & 22nd Sts.), 212-777-2754, obica.com

Rock Center Café boasts a series of original Warhol prints in its popular bar and a generally memorable setting. For Restaurant Week special menus, look for fish tacos, a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, skirt steak, and Atlantic Salmon with summer vegetables and a roasted spring onion vinaigrette. 20 W. 50th St. (btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 212-, rockcentercafe.com

An iced lobster and shrimp dish at The Sea Fire Grill.

In the fall of 2012, the people behind midtown’s Benjamin Steakhouse dipped their toes in the water with NYC 's The Sea Fire Grill. This seafood-centric offshoot, with a contemporary American seafood menu, provides an elegant-yet-classic experience where consistency is key and service is impeccable. Look for a Restaurant Week lunch menu that includes starters like Spanish octopus or gazpacho, and entrees like organic Scottish salmon, roasted branzino, clams with linguini, and a petit filet mignon. 158 E. 48th St. (btw. Lexington & Third Aves.), 212-935-3785, theseafiregrill.com

Society Cafe

Hidden inside Walker Hotel Greenwich Village is Society Cafe, a new market-to-table restaurant by rising-star chef Christopher Zabita. Relying on the farmers of the nearby Union Square Green Market, Chef Zabita creates an evolving, seasonal menu that is sustainable and locally sourced. For Restaurant Week he'll be serving options like squid ink cavatelli, peektoe crab, baked Atlantic halibut, skirt steaks, and a dessert of crispy lemon pies. 52 W. 13th St. (btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 212-300-4525, societycafenyc.com

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It’s always exciting to open up a new frontier of experience, like the Japanese haute cuisine known as kaiseki. Midtown newcomer Suzuki is one of the few places in New York to offer kaiseki, showcasing menus of eight or more interconnected courses. At Restaurant Week, take advantage of lunch and dinner specials that will let you try out delicacies like mackarel and eel in a dashi-soy simmer, miso-marinated cod, or a Kobe beef hot pot (*$25 supplement). Sashimi and sushi are among the dinner appetizer options. 114 W. 47th St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.), 212-278-0100, suzukinyc.com

For the complete list of 380 participating restaurants, visit nycgo.com.

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