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10 Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Now in NYC

New eateries like Noreetuh and ABC Kitchen enter the fray
January 7, 2016
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by Emily Siegel

Love it or hate it, Restaurant Week is back. From January 18–February 5, restaurants will offer up affordable three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38; it's a great chance to sample pricier spots you might not otherwise try. Here are our top 10 picks from this winter's crop, from newcomers to old standbys we can't wait to try again. Make your reservations now! For the full list of offerings click here. Note: Restaurant Week menus are not available on Saturdays.

Noreetuh (pictured at top): This upscale Hawaiian joint from a trio of Per Se alums is new to Restaurant Week this year. Serving refined yet playful versions of classic Hawaiian dishes (think Kalua pork croquettes and mochi-crusted halibut), it's been a hot East Village dining destination since opening in March. Drop by for dinner during the week or on Sundays. While the RW menu is still under wraps, reservations can be made here.

Dinner Only
128 First Ave.; 646-892-3050

Cherche Midi: Keith McNally's latest French bistro in NoLita (shown below), sister to the much-lauded Minetta Tavern, is participating in RW during weekday lunch service. The three-course lunch includes a choice of starter (dandelion salad with anchovy vinaigrette, butternut squash soup), entree (a steak sandwich comes laden with Dijonnaise and caramelized onions) and dessert. Wine is served for an additional $21. Book here.

Lunch Only
282 Bowery; 212-226-3055

ABC Cocina: The lunch prix fixe at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Mexican sequel to ABC Kitchen is sure to impress with options like chimichurri grilled shrimp salad; raw shaved fluke; and a crispy fish sandwich with black olive tartar sauce. ABC Cocina is only participating in Restaurant Week during weekdays.

Lunch Only
38 E. 19th St.; 212-677-2233

ABC Kitchen: From world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten comes ABC Cocina's big sister, ABC Kitchen (shown below), which is also offering lunch service during Restaurant Week. Don't miss the ricotta and farm egg ravioli — topped with pork ragu — or the knockout, salted-caramel-laden ice cream sundae. The option is excluded on Saturdays and optional on Sundays.

Lunch Only
35 E. 18th St.; 212-475-5829

Bar Boulud: If you're on the Upper West Side, look no further than Daniel Boulud's charcuterie-laden standby. Classic French dishes will be on offer for weekday lunch or dinner, as well as dinners on Sundays. Steak frites can be added for a $5 supplement, but the restaurant's other offerings — including confit de canard with French lentils — are also stellar.

Lunch or Dinner
1900 Broadway; 212-595-0303

French Louie: This cozy Boerum Hill French-American from Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo (shown below) of Buttermilk Channel will serve weekday lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week. Here's hoping the indulgent steak frites make it onto the prix fixe at this trendy Brooklyn bistro.

Lunch or Dinner
320 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn; 718-935-1200

Aureole: Seize the opportunity to visit Charlie Palmer's Midtown hot spot during weekday lunches and dinners, as well as dinner on Sunday. The menu isn't out yet, but — knowing how good the burger is at this place — we can't wait to find out what it is. Information and bookings here.

Lunch or Dinner
135 W. 42nd St.; 212-319-1660

Bar Primi: Andrew Carmellini's pasta hot spot (shown below) on the Bowery enters the Restaurant Week fold with weekday lunch and dinner, plus an additional dinner service on Sunday. It's chic; it's cozy — basically everything you want for a midweek dinner date. Although the menu is not yet available, reservations and information can be found here.

Lunch or Dinner
325 Bowery; 212-220-9100

21 Club: The whole point of Restaurant Week is to visit places you might not otherwise visit, and this Midtown icon is just the ticket. With a prix fixe available for weekday dinner and lunch, a visit to 21 Club is like traveling back in time to old New York. (The food — including venison pot pie and red-wine-braised short ribs — doesn't hurt either.)

Lunch or Dinner
21 W. 52nd St.; 212-582-7200

The Cecil: Further uptown? This lauded Afro-Asian-American brasserie in Harlem from chef and Zagat 30 Under 30 "JJ" Johnson and Alexander Smalls will not only be open for weekday dinner, but also on Sundays for brunch and dinner too. Consider their Restaurant Week menu an opportunity for a global adventure.

Dinner Only; Brunch on Sundays
210 W. 118th St.; 212-866-1262

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