The Best of Restaurant Week NYC 2018January 22, 2018 - 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 2018 Restaurant Week. Nearly 400 NYC restaurant 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 2018 winter Restaurant Week, but don't wait too long: the specials start on Monday, January 22nd, and end Friday, February 9th.
Ben & Jack's Steakhouse serves generous portions of steakhouse favorites to a very satisfied clientele. For Restaurant Week, you'll find the likes of French onion soup and fried calamari, followed by irresistible mains like filet mignon, USDA Prime dry-aged NY sirloin steak, and seafood pasta. Ben & Jack's makes accompaniment affordable, too, with a generous outlay of house wines by the bottle for $40 each. (A second location on 44th Street will also be participating in Restaurant Week.) 255 Fifth Ave. (btw. 28th & 29th Sts.), 212-532-7600, benandjackssteakhouse.com
The 2017 Concierge Choice Awards winner for Best New Restaurant, Benjamin Steakhouse Prime, combines modern elegance with traditional steakhouse classics. For Restaurant Week 2018 enjoy a luxurious lunch that starts off with appetizers like lobster bisque, crabcakes, grilled calamari, or salads; mains include a USDA Prime Junior New York sirloin, grilled salmon, roast chicken, and a yellowfin tuna Bolognese pasta. New York cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake will tempt at dessert. 23 E. 40th St. (btw. Park & Madison Aves.), 212-338-0818, benjaminsteakhouse.com
Established in 1969, Bobby Van’s now boasts locations throughout the Northeast, including Bobby Van’s Grille 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 blackened tilapia are among your options for entrees. Appetizers include soup, salad, or a burrata Caprese. 120 W. 45th St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.), 212-575-5623, bobbyvans.com
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
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 roasted tomato soup paving the way for entrees like miso-glazed black cod, steak frites, and squid ink cavatelli. 23 Grand St. (Sixth Ave.), 212-201-9119, davidburkekitchen.com
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse 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. Look for lobster bisque and a classic Caesar salad among the appetizers and Wagu French dip, filet mignon, or North Atlantic salmon among the entrees. Chocolate mousse or strawberry cheesecake will be your dilemmas come dessert. 1221 Ave. of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129, delfriscos.com
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 weekday lunches and dinners, plus brunch/lunch and dinner on Sunday. Start off with roast beet salad or pumpkin ravioli, follow with the likes of seafood risotto, veal chop au poui, or chicken Saltimbocca, and finish with a choice of Italian cheesecake, cannolli, tartufo, or tiramisu. 177 Mulberry St. (Broome St.), 212-925-8775, bluegrotta.com
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. For Restaurant Week you'll find discount lunches and dinners. Look for offerings like pork cutlets, broiled branzini, gnocchi, and spaghetti puttanesca among the entrees. Calamari, baked clams, and bruschetta are among the appetizers. 125 Mulberry St. (btw. Canal & Hester Sts.), 212-226-6060, ilcortile.com
“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; Morton’s (World Trade Center), 136 Washington St. (btw. Albany & Thames Sts.), 212-608-0171, 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 the likes of a house Caprese salad and beef tartare. Black truffle pizza, tagliata, a wild board ragu, and a squid ink taglierini with Sardinian mullet roe, crab ragu, and sea urchin are among the entree highlights. 928 Broadway (btw. 21st & 22nd Sts.), 212-777-2754, obica.com
To enjoy a meal at the highest dining room in the hemisphere, point yourself toward ONE Dine, the restaurant atop One World Observatory. During Restaurant Week, ONE Dine is offering free admission to the observatory on top of three-course lunch and dinner specials (Monday through Friday). In addition to stunning views, at lunch enjoy a salmon sandwich on a brioche bun or garganelli pasta with a short rib ragout. Dinner includes confit pork belly with parsnip puree or crispy mushrooms alongside wilted Swiss chard. Dessert brings raspberry sorbet or a dark chocolate mousse. 285 Fulton St., entrance on the corner of Vesey and West Sts., 844-696-1776,
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. The Restaurant Week dinner menu starts off with market salads, black-pepper cavatelli, or white gazpacho. Second courses feature temptations like braised short ribs, Icelandic cod, and Bell & Evans chickens. Honeycrisp apple strudel with salted caramel ice cream or flourless chocolate cake await at dessert. 52 W. 13th St. (btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 212-300-4525, societycafenyc.com
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 specials that will let you try out options like house-made egg custard with dashi or tofu-marinated persimmon; miso-marinated grilled chicken, simmered daikon with Japanese yellowtail, or *Kobe beef sukiyaki-style hot-pot (*$20 supplement); with house made yokan jelly and fruits or brown sugar ice cream for dessert. 114 W. 47th St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.), 212-278-0100, suzukinyc.com
For the complete list of participating restaurants, visit nycgo.com.