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The Best of Restaurant Week NYC 2018



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.

An interior view of Ben & Jack's Steakhouse.

Ben & Jack’s 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

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Benjamin Steakhouse, the 2016 Concierge Choice Awards winner for steak, has spun off one of New York’s newest steakhouse destination. Benjamin Steakhouse Prime combines modern elegance with traditional steakhouse classics. For Restaurant Week 2017 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

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 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

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. 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129, delfriscos.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 or mango salad, follow with the likes of shrimp gnocchi, sole Caprese, or filet mignon Fortalenza, and finish with a choice of Italian cheesecake, cannolli, tartufo, or tiramisu. 177 Mulberry St. (Broome St.), 212-925-8775, bluegrotta.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

Masseria dei Vini ("Masseria of Wines") is brought to you by the La Masseria team, which delivers a modern and updated version of a "masseria" (in the region of Puglia, in southern Italy, masserias are fortified farmhouses, and many of them have been transformed into restaurants and hotels). The menu blends traditional with modern without one overpowering the other. The Restaurant Week possibilities include homemade stuffed fresh mozzarella of the day as a starter, entrees like gnocchi, sea bream broiled with herbs, and Margherita pizzas. For dessert, it's lemon-glazed custard sponge cake or fresh berries and sorbet. 887 Ninth Ave. (btw. 57th & 58th Sts.), 212-315-2888, masseriadeivini.com

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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

Family owned since 1982, Nino's 46 serves traditional Italian favorites with a contemporary twist. Guests are treated like part of the family! For Restaurant Week you'll find a wide range of temptationshomemade meatballs, seafood salad, and beef carpaccio among the appetizers and braised lamb shank, filet mignon finished in a Barolo wine sauce, and branzino Marechiara (white wine, Manila clams and mussels, touch of tomato sauce) among the entrees. Choose from cheesecake, tiramisu, and chocolate mousse for dessert. 39 W. 46th St. (btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 212-719-4015, ninos46.com

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 a summer burrata, carpaccio, and fried mozzarella di bufala bites. Angus tagliata, asparagus and shrimp risotto, and black truffle pizza are among the entree highlights. 928 Broadway (btw. 21st & 22nd Sts.), 212-777-2754, obica.com

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