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20 Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Now

By Kelly Dobkin
July 9, 2014
Photo by: The Cecil

Reservations for summer Restaurant Week are now live, which is a prime opportunity to dine at some of the city's finest restaurants for a discounted price. From July 21-August 15, $25 will get you a three-course lunch and $38 will get you a three-course dinner. Here are 20 reservations you should make now (and when you're ready to book, click here):

Dinner

  1. Bodega Negra - Sample tacos, chile relleno or shrimp ceviche at this clubby Mexican food (via London) spot in the Dream Downtown hotel.
  2. Empellon Cocina - Chef Alex Stupak's Restaurant week menu highlights some of his most popular dishes, including the roasted carrots with mole poblano and his ultracreative tacos.
  3. Boulud Sud - The special menu at this UWS outpost from chef Daniel Boulud features a Moroccan-style bavette steak, gazpacho and a dense chocolate and olive oil cake and is serving both lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week.
  4. EN Japanese Brasserie - This West Village Japanese staple is elegant and refined and known for its homemade tofu and kaiseki menus but its prices can be a bit restrictive for many diners. Enjoy lunch or dinner during Restaurant Week here and try plates like Japanese black angus strip loin, salmon kani ankake (lightly fried salmon in a dashi broth) and the aforementioned tofu.
  5. ​Hakkasan  - One of NYC's most expensive Chinese restaurants, the Midtown outpost of this global empire has put together a strong Restaurant Week offering featuring a dim sum platter, soft-shell crab, stir-fried black-pepper rib-eye steak and more.
  6. Tertulia - Save at Seamus Mullen's popular Spanish eatery on plates like fluke a la plancha and paella del dia.
  7. Kin Shop  - Chef Harold Dieterle's Thai-influenced restaurant always features great curries, extremely spicy laab dishes and crispy rotis for lunch or dinner.
  8. The Cecil  - This inventive Harlem newcomer mixes up Asian, African and American traditions, and the Restaurant Week menu features everything from a curried tofu dish to a duo of hot dogs (one veal, one chicken chili cheese).
  9. The Marrow - Another Dieterle hit, this West Village eatery is tucked away on Bank Street and offers an array of German- and Italian-inspired dishes based on Dieterle's own mixed heritage.
  10. Perry St - Never dined at this West Village classic helmed by Jean-Georges' son Cedric? Now's your chance.

Lunch

  1. Ai Fiori - Try the transcendent pastas like tagliatelle with capers, olives and tomato or a pan roasted skate wing at this normally pricey Midtown Italian from chef Michael White's Altamarea group. 
  2. Craftbar - Never been to Tom Colicchio's more casual version of Craft? While the Restaurant Week menu hasn't been posted yet, it's a safe bet that you'll get a killer meal at this always-packed New American whose entrees normally run between $19-$28.
  3. Dovetail - John Fraser's Upper West Side New American is known for its meticulous plating and sophisticated pairings of ingredients. For Restaurant Week, save a few bucks at this normally expensive eatery on plates like steak tartare, sauteed foie gras and Long Island hake.
  4. Maialino - Danny Meyer's Roman-style trattoria hasn't released its Restaurant Week menu yet, but the menu always features great, peasant-style pasta dishes and simple, delicious antipasti.
  5. ​Red Rooster Harlem  - Try the famous Swedish meatballs or more traditional Southern dishes like mac 'n' cheese at this Harlem standby.
  6. Costata  - Michael White's meat-centric SoHo spot will feature a bacon marmalade-topped burger, a sirloin tip steak with bearnaise and some of the chef's famous housemade pasta. 
  7. ​The Gander  - A more playful spin-off of chef Jesse Schenker's Recette, the Gander features cleverly tweaked bar food (brisket tots, "Buffalo" sweetbreads), sandwiches and high-end comfort-food dishes.
  8. Gallaghers Steakhouse - Try the newly renovated version of the classic NY steakhouse for lunch during Restaurant Week. No menu is available yet but save big on typical steakhouse fare and check out the Mad Men-esque digs and their dry aging room on your way in.
  9. Lafayette - Andrew Carmellini's always-packed French cafe will offer plates like smoked salmon tartare, artichoke ravioli and roasted dourade. 
  10. Gotham Bar & Grill - Restaurant Week is a perfect time to try Alfred Portale's classic NYC restaurant that just celebrated 30 years in business. No menu is available yet but stay tuned.
     
 
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