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20 Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Now

By Billy Lyons
February 10, 2014

As of 10 AM today, the reservation lines for NYC Restaurant Week are open. To help make life easier, we've taken a sneak peek at the list of participating restaurants and highlighted our top choices in the slideshow below. The promotion, which offers three-course meals for $25 at lunch and $38 at dinner, will run from February 17 until March 7. Since Saturdays are excluded and Sundays are optional, it's best to confirm with the restaurant of choice before making plans. For additional information about Restaurant Week and the complete list of restaurants, click here.

  • Aureole New York

    Serving: Dinner, Sunday Dinner (bar area only)

    Why You Should Go: Since some of us will use Restaurant Week as an excuse to combine dinner with a show, Charlie Palmer's upscale bar dining room makes the perfect pre-theater destination. The bar menu showcases delectable dishes like Wagyu beef carpaccio and oysters on the half shell, so guests can expect a similar slice of New American plates when opting for the prix fixe. Though the restaurant may not echo its fellow Times Square brethren in bright lights and far-out dishes, it focuses on a commitment to cuisine and impeccable service - a winning strategy that's rewarded Aureole year after year with high scores in our Zagat Survey.

    The Details: 135 W. 42nd St.; 212-319-1660

  • Daniel Boulud's Dining Rooms: Bar Boulud, Boulud SudCafé Bouluddb Bistro Moderne, DBGB

    Serving: Bar Boulud - Lunch/Dinner; Boulud Sud - Lunch; Café Boulud - Lunch; db Bistro Moderne, Lunch/Dinner/Sunday Dinner; DBGB - Lunch/Dinner/Sunday Dinner

    Why You Should Go: While each restaurant has its own unique atmosphere, star chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants offer great service and creative, French-inspired food, no matter which location you choose. For charcuterie fanatics, Bar Boulud is a must, while fans of the East Village will appreciate the lively DBGB for the chef's take on bar food - which includes gnocchi, the Frenchie burger, and a beer-battered cod sandwich as courses available during the promotion. For a more formal affair, db Bistro Modern showcases a mix of classic French and fresh market cuisine, so guests can expect to see entrees like coq au vin and seared diver scallops.

    The details: A complete list of contact information for Boulud's restaurants can be found here.

  • Empellón Cocina/Empellón Taqueria

    Serving: Empellón Cocina - Dinner; Empellón Taqueria - Lunch

    Why You Should Go: Alex Stupak's downtown kitchens are constantly dishing out twists on Mexican staples in the form of pistachio guacamole and pork-tongue tacos, so we think taking advantage of both locations is the perfect day and night doubleheader. The West Village location is a taco specialist, with interesting tweaks like the short-rib pastrami taco. Over in the East Village, Cocina features more plated and composed main courses, like his famous roasted carrots with mole sauce and Mexican-style noodles with clams and chorizo (tacos are available as well). Whichever dining room we choose, we'll know a sense of humor is appreciated - the restaurant notes the use of cell phones are frowned upon, unless you are posting food porn online.

    The Details: Empellón Cocina - 105 First Ave.; 212-780-0999 / Empellón Taqueria - 230 W. Fourth St.; 212-367-0999

  • Il Mulino

    Serving: Lunch

    Why You Should Go: For a taste of Little Italy without having to deal with Mulberry Street's aggressive doormen, there is a solution. This Greenwich Village hot spot once again received high praise in our 2014 Zagat Survey for its generous portions and amazing homemade pastas, and while scoring a table for dinner may be near impossible, a relaxing lunch is within reach.

    The Details: 86 W. Third St.; 212-673-3783

  • Le Cirque

    Serving: Lunch, Dinner (cafe area only)

    Why You Should Go: We'd be hard-pressed to find better service during Restaurant Week than Sirio Maccione's lauded Beacon Court dining room. For Restaurant Week, Maccione's kitchen is offering items such as a confit of salmon and braised pork belly with farfalle. Desserts include crème brûlée (reportedly invented at the restaurant) and chocolate mousse. To note, the restaurant's cafe area will offer a dinner prix fixe in addition to lunch should we be unable to snag a midday spot in the main dining room.

    The Details: 151 E. 58th St.; 212-644-0202

  • Maialino

    Serving: Lunch

    Why You Should Go: Danny Meyer's Gramercy Italian is a mainstay for New Yorkers who want delicious Italian food in a charming setting, without too much fuss or pretense. It's especially a favorite for breakfast and lunch, so if you've never been, Restaurant Week is a perfect time to try chef Nick Anderer's Roman-inspired menu. Bonus tip: Meyer's restaurants are known to be notoriously generous during RW, so you'll get a good bang for your buck here.

    The Details: 2 Lexington Ave.; 212-777-2410

  • Lupa Osteria Romana

    Serving: Lunch

    Why You Should Go: Using Restaurant Week to explore the world of Mario Batali is a solid plan. Though Molto's empire has many worthy contenders, spending a winter's day dining on classic pastas like cacio e pepi or spaghetti carbonara in the village blows everything else away. With a deal on lunch, we may even be tempted to crack open a bottle of wine: the restaurant features more than 400 bottles covering every area of Italy, with nearly half the list priced under $50.

    The Details: 170 Thompson St.; 212-982-5089

  • Morimoto

    Serving: Lunch

    Why You Should Go: The glamorous Chelsea spot underneath the Highline is as picturesque a dining room as you'll find participating in Restaurant Week, with exceptional sushi and seafood to match - think classic maki rolls and nigiri sushi, along with Iron Chef Morimoto's more creative dishes, like seaweed-cured crispy chicken and foie gras, eel and avocado rice bowls. One of the pricier restaurants in Manhattan, Morimoto is sure to be a sought-after reservation.

    The Details: 88 10th Ave.; 212-989-8883

  • Nobu/Nobu Next Door

    Serving: Nobu - Lunch; Nobu Next Door - Dinner, Sunday Lunch and Dinner

    Why You Should Go: Even with the city stepping up its sushi game with Sushi Nakazawa, it's easy to overlook the fact that Nobu Matsuhisa has been crushing it in TriBeCa for 20 years. The duo received a 27 food score this year, with decor and service not far behind. For some of the city's best sushi, sashimi and Japanese omakase, the neighboring spots exemplify classic NYC "seen-and-be-seen dining", though with most sushi lunch specials weighing in at around $30, its easy to see why Restaurant Week brings in so many first timers.

    The Details: Nobu - 105 Hudson St.; 212-219-0500/ Nobu Next Door - 105 Hudson St.; 212-334-4445

  • Perry St.

    Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Dinner

    Why You Should Go: Any member of the Jean George Vongerichten family is a safe bet for a top-notch dining experience, but we're inclined to visit this West Village retreat for the serene setting near the Hudson - and watch JGV's son Cedric bring his family legacy to a new generation of diners. Expect the typical refined, super-flavorful, but not-too-rich take on French-American cuisine that Vongerichten is known for.

    The Details: 176 Perry St.; 212-352-1900

  • Photo by: Brent Herrig

    Saul

    Serving: Dinner

    Why You Should Go: We love the intersection of culture and food, especially when Saul Bolton is directing traffic. For an all-in-one museum dining experience, we can think of no better place than the Brooklyn Museum, where Bolton will be dishing out the likes of turnip soup and roasted chicken with spaetzle. But act quickly, as the restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday.

    The Details: 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn; 718-935-9842

  • Tamarind Tribeca

    Serving: Lunch, Sunday Lunch

    Why You Should Go: We love trying out exotic dishes for less, especially when it means taking a trip to the cobblestone streets of TriBeCa. Consistently ranking among the city's top Indian restaurants in our latest survey, we love Tamarind's variety of regional dishes and extravagant presentation. The restaurant even features a room dedicated to India's national flower, the lotus, where chefs use it as an ingredient for every dish served. 

    The Details: 99 Hudson St.; 212-775-9000

  • The Cecil

    Serving: Dinner, Sunday Dinner

    Why You Should Go: A global menu with a focus on African and Asian cuisine, Richard Parsons' Harlem eatery is a new option for well-traveled Restaurant Weekers seeking something fresh. The standard menu has something for everyone, with standout dishes like cinnamon-scented fried guinea hen and duck fried noodles available for the adventurous diner. Afterwards, we suggest heading over next door to the restored jazz club Minton's to start dancing off all those courses consumed.

    The Details: 210 W. 118th St.; 212-866-1262

  • Villard Michel Richard

    Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Dinner

    Why You Should Go: Michel Richard's luxurious dining room at the New York Palace Hotel offers classic French fare for deal seekers looking for the ultimate fine-dining find. The first-time participant has been making waves with his charcuterie towers, a deep wine list, a lobster burger and a fancy take on fried chicken.

    The Details: 455 Madison Ave.; 212-891-8100

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Places Mentioned

Le Cirque

French • Midtown East

Food25 Decor26 Service25 Cost$96
 
 
 
Boulud Sud

Mediterranean • West 60s

Food25 Decor23 Service24 Cost$75
 
 
 
Nobu Next Door

Japanese • TriBeCa

Food27 Decor23 Service24 Cost$84
 
 
 
Il Mulino New York

Italian • Greenwich Village

Food26 Decor18 Service23 Cost$94
 
 
 
Empellón TAQUERIA

Mexican • West Village

Food22 Decor19 Service19 Cost$54
 
 
 
Lupa Osteria Romana

Italian • Greenwich Village

Food25 Decor18 Service21 Cost$57
 
 
 
Empellón Cocina

Mexican • East Village

Food22 Decor19 Service19 Cost$54
 
 
 
DBGB Kitchen and Bar

French • East Village

Food24 Decor22 Service21 Cost$52
 
 
 
Cafe Boulud

French • East 70s

Food27 Decor24 Service26 Cost$82
 
 
 
Morimoto

Asian • Chelsea

Food26 Decor27 Service24 Cost$87
 
 
 
Nobu New York

Japanese • TriBeCa

Food27 Decor23 Service24 Cost$84
 
 
 
Tamarind Tribeca

Indian • TriBeCa

Food26 Decor24 Service24 Cost$58
 
 
 
Perry St

American • West Village

Food26 Decor25 Service24 Cost$68
 
 
 
Bar Boulud

French • West 60s

Food24 Decor20 Service22 Cost$63
 
 
 
Aureole

New American • Midtown

Food26 Decor24 Service25 Cost$88
 
 
 
db Bistro Moderne

French • Midtown

Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$68
 
 
 
Villard Michel Richard

French • Midtown

Food- Decor- Service- CostVE
 
 
 
Saul

New American • Prospect Heights

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
The Cecil

American • Harlem

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
 
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