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The best things to order at NYC Summer Restaurant Week’s top spots for 2022

Reserve now for tables through August 21.

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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New York City Restaurant Week comes but twice a year, and reservations for the summer, 2022 edition are open now. Tables are available for brunch, lunch and dinner at more than 600 restaurants citywide from July 18-August 21. This year’s price points are $30, $45 and $60 for two and three-course lunch and dinner menus on the days of each venue’s choosing. 

With so many sensational new restaurants, romantic spots and NYC classics, and so little time to taste them all, it can be hard to narrow the field. We’ve taken a loupe to the lot to spotlight the top options. These are the best things to order at the best places to visit during NYC Restaurant Week this summer.

See here for a full list of what restaurants are participating in NYC Restaurant Week!

NYC Summer Restaurant Week 2022's best reservations

  • Restaurants
  • Downtown Brooklyn

Although this is the first Restaurant Week for Gage & Tollner’s present iteration, the restaurant by the same famed name at this historic address was among the first to join the event back in 1992. Move your reservation-clicking finger right away (or try your luck as a pop-in), or you might have to wait another 30 years for a $60 three-course dinner at one of 2021’s best new restaurants

Our prix fixe pick: The heirloom cucumber, tomato and watermelon salad, cavatelli with heritage pork ragu and the summer Pavlova for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Financial District

The East River and bridge views from The Fulton’s two dining levels are breathtaking even to longtime locals who’ve seen ‘em all. The restaurant's specialty is seafood, and there’s plenty to catch on its $45, two course lunch menu from July 18-August 21. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The Long Island fluke and the Faroe Island salmon for $45 at lunch. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Tribeca
  • price 4 of 4

Tribeca Grill was another early adopter, when inaugural venues were serving lunch for $19.92 for a few summer days. Thirty years later, that’d be about $41.53, so this generally palate-pleasing spot’s three-course dinner for $45 Monday-Friday from July 18-August 21 isn’t too shabby for 2022. 

Our prix fixe pick: The Caesar salad, the grilled Amish chicken a la brasa and the New York cheesecake for $45 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

This is about as fine dining-adjacent as Restaurant Week gets. The Bar Room at the Modern, literally adjacent to the super-fancy Modern, is serving a two-course lunch for $45 from July 18-August 21. Entreés like The Bar Room’s charred octopus and its hand-cut tagliatelle with black truffles typically run from $29 to $49. 

Our prix fixe pick: The steak tartare with crispy potatoes and the foie gras-stuffed chicken with fairytale eggplant for $45 at lunch.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Tribeca
  • price 3 of 4

Prix fixe dinners at modern French restaurant Bâtard typically run from $79 to $95 for two to four courses, so its three-course dinner for $60 from July 18-August 14 is a clear deal. Beef tartare, foie gras mousse, lamb loin and branzino are all on the standard menus in its chic dining room. 

Our prix fixe pick: The salmon crudo, braised leg of lamb and peach galette for $60 at dinner.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

Hearth is a perennial Restaurant Week and year-round favorite for its rustic-chic dining room and Italian/New American menus. It’s serving a three-course dinner for $40 Monday-Friday and $45 Sunday from July 19-August 21.

Our prix fixe pick: The grilled calamari, beef and ricotta meatballs and the dark chocolate budino for $40-45 at dinner.

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  • Restaurants
  • Flatiron

Newly opened La Brasserie took over the Park Avenue South space made famous by Anthony Bourdain earlier this year. The French restaurant is serving three course $30 lunch and $45 dinner deals until August 21. 

Our prix fixe pick: The salade verte, chicken paillarde and the chocolate cake for $30 at lunch. The terrine de canard, steak frites and the île flottante for $45 at dinner.

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  • Restaurants
  • Williamsburg

Although its location across the street from McCarren Park makes this Brazilian-influenced restaurant ideal for serendipitous stumble-ins, make a reservation in the breezy, lofty space for $60 three-course dinners from July 19-August 21. 

Our prix fixe pick: The pão de queijo, seafood moqueca and the banoffee pie for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Midtown West

Mediterranean restaurant Iris opened in a sprawling space in midtown west last year. The critically acclaimed, beach-y, beige spot is serving a two-course lunch for $45 and a three-course dinner for $60 from July 19-August 21. 

Our prix fixe pick: The pikilia and the branzino filet for $45 at lunch. The grilled octopus, vegetable saganaki and the baklava for $60 at dinner.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Financial District
  • price 4 of 4

The lovely space adjacent to newly-opened five star restaurant Le Gratin at The Beekman hotel is, like its neighbor, as pretty as any place in town, with colorful glasswork and the right lighting to highlight the gently kaleidoscopic effect. Three courses of new American cuisine are on the menu for $60 at dinner until August 21.

Our prix fixe pick: The goat cheese agnolotti, roasted cod and the chocolate layer cake for $60 at dinner. 

 

  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • East Village
  • price 3 of 4

Attractively appointed and anchored by a fantastic fresco familiar to diners all over NYC, Baar Baar contemporary Indian restaurant’s $45, three-course dinner also has a little extra until August 21. 

Our prix fixe pick: The lamb chukka, beef short rib curry, saffron rice and mango and chili sorbet for $45 at dinner, which begins with a set canapé. 

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • East Village

One of NYC’s best new hotel restaurants when it opened in 2019, Cathédrale serves a crowd-pleasing variety in a beautiful, soaring space replete with a semi-secret garden on the lower level of the Moxy East Village hotel. It has a three-course prix fixe for $60 at dinner from July 18-31. 

Our prix fixe pick: The Pommes Dauphine, hanger steak au poivre and the chocolate moelleux for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Harlem
  • price 2 of 4

This corner spot has two strips of sidewalk seats and plenty of space inside where you can still catch a glimpse of the weather through large windows. Selections from its Spanish and Italian-influenced menus appear on its $60 dinner menu all Restaurant Week long.

Our prix fixe pick: The bacalao croquettes, short rib ravioli and the mango bonbon for $60 at dinner.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Upper West Side
  • price 3 of 4

Celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s name is on dining destinations all over the globe, including his most recent five star NYC opening and two spots participating in Restaurant Week this season. Book Boulud Sud’s three course $60 Mediterranean dinner specials from now through August 21. 

Our prix fixe pick: The chicken liver mousse, harissa grilled leg of lamb and the house mignardises for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Ethiopian
  • Harlem

The Ethiopian and Mediterranean-inspired plates that top tables in Tsion Cafe’s cozy, brick-lined space are excellent options for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike. Its $45 lunch, brunch and dinner menus are available from July 18-August 7.

Our prix-fixe pick: The injera chips and the shakshuka for $45 at lunch. The sambusa, the doro tibs and injera and the halvah for $45 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • East Village
  • price 2 of 4

Noreetuh modern Hawaiian restaurant has three course dinners and Sunday brunch for $45 all Restaurant Week long. An optional two-course wine pairing is an additional $28. 

Our prix fixe pick: The bigeye tuna poke, mochiko chicken loco moco and the pineapple upside-down cake for $45 at dinner and Sunday brunch. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

This erstwhile media magnet with new-American menus still gins up visions or curmudgeonly columnists and otherwise surly writer-types for a very niche type of New Yorker. In true deadline form, its two-course, $45 lunch and three-course, $60 dinner will only be available from July 18-31.

Our prix fixe pick: The grilled little gem salad and the chopped steak frites for $45 at lunch. The grilled carrot and ginger soup, Korean BBQ pork chop and the eton mess for $60 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Chelsea

The eponymous chef behind this streamlined spot gained acclaim for decades at Gotham Bar and Grill downtown before opening his “contemporary Italian” namesake locale in 2019. Portale has a three-course dinner prix fixe for $60 until August 21 this Restaurant Week. 

Our prix fixe pick: The fluke crudo, roast chicken and the olive oil cake with cherry compote, biscotto crumble and vanilla gelato for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Flatiron
  • price 2 of 4

Ilili Lebanese restaurant first opened on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan 15 years ago and its proximity to a few office-concentrated areas makes it a nicer-than-normal weekday, work from work destination. The Restaurant Week regular has a three-course lunch prix fixe for $45 until August 7. 

Our prix fixe pick: The baba ghannouj, makenek, roasted chicken breast and the Ilili candy bar (caramel fondant, sesame crunch, milk chocolate sorbet) for $45 at lunch. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • Chelsea

Sometimes you’re going to end up around Penn Station, the Garden, Herald Square and all the big stores over there, and this is the only best restaurant in the area. Piggyback brought its predecessor, Pig & Khao’s, downtown aesthetic several blocks north in 2019, and it’s serving a Southeast Asian-influenced three-course dinner for $60 all Restaurant Week. 

Our prix fixe pick: The lumpia dynamite, lamb neck rendang and the s’mores sundae for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Flatiron

Summer Restaurant Week is in bloom at Il Fiorista, which pulls multiple duties as a restaurant, bar, florist, boutique and destination for crafty classes. And, like your windowsill annuals, its $60, three-course dinner prix fixe won’t last forever: it ends on August 14. 

Our prix fixe pick: The crispy black maitake, Hudson Valley trout and the apricot cake for $60 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Midtown East
  • price 2 of 4

It is not every day that one of NYC’s best vegetarian restaurants offers deals for multiple days, but that’s why NYC Restaurant Week is such a celebratory time of year. HanGawi’s largely plant-based menu changes seasonally, and you can sample a three-course variety in its elegant environment for $60 at dinner Monday-Friday from July 18-August 21.

Our prix fixe pick: The Summer appetizer platter with stuffed shiitake mushrooms, eggplant rolls, kimchi vermicelli rolls, baby dumplings and cold pumpkin porridge, the summer bibimbap and the vegan mochi ice cream platter for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Upper West Side

One of NYC’s best brunch spots also does a great dinner service that includes recipes “from somewhere in the Mediterranean.” You’ll find shakshuka, frittatas and flatbreads during those fine weekend hours and chicken liver mousse, pan-roasted scallops and dry-aged beef kebabs most nights. A two-course lunch is $45 and a three-course dinner is $60 Monday-Friday from July 18-August 21.

Our prix fixe pick: The flash-fried cauliflower and the Dagon schnitzel for $30 at lunch. The hummus, the vegetable tagine and the labneh cheesecake for $60 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • price 2 of 4

Danji is one of the best restaurants near Times Square, with items like wild yellowtail sashimi and bulgogi beef sliders. And its chic, intimate interior betrays its chaos-adjacent location. Danji has a $60, three-course dinner Monday-Friday from July 18-August 21.

Our prix fixe pick: The korean fire chicken wings, sizzling bibimbap and the sorbet for $60 at dinner.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

This is Chocobar Cortés’ second NYC Restaurant Week, having opened its South Bronx location late last year after establishing its first spot in San Juan in 2013. Its everyday menu incorporates chocolate into all manner of items, like the Chocobar salad bowl with chocolate vinaigrette, the grilled cheese with cheddar and chocolate butter and the chocolate-laced pancakes, waffles and French toast. A two-course lunch is available for $30 and a three-course dinner is available for $60, Monday-Friday from July 19-August 21.

Our prix fixe pick: The croquetas de jamón serrano and the chocoburger for $30 at lunch. The alcapurria, the garlic shrimp with sweet plantains and the chocolate grilled cheese for $60 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Russian
  • Lower East Side

Tzarevna prepares "classic and organic Eastern European dishes" on the Lower East Side. It looks tiny from the outside, but it’s surprisingly bright and airy once you’re seated beneath its high glass roof in the back. Visit Monday-Friday from July 18-August 21 for $30 two-course lunch and $60 three-course dinners.  

Our prix fixe pick: The borscht and the oladushki with sour cream and jam for $30 at lunch. The duck rillette, Wagyu beef stroganoff and the honey cake with berries for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Central Park
  • price 2 of 4

Even after a few iterations, seasonal American restaurant Tavern on the Green is known the world over. Its lovely Central Park surroundings can skew G-rated romantic, tourist-friendly and even a little ‘Old New York,’ depending on your mood. Take advantage of the three-course $45 lunch and a three-course $60 dinner from July 18-August 7. 

Our prix fixe pick: The watermelon salad, grilled salmon and the strawberry icebox cake at lunch. The salmon crudo, roasted chicken and the coconut shortcake for $60 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Barbecue
  • Forest Hills

This fun gastropub named for the boulevard on which its situated (that’s Queens Boulevard, of course) is returning to NYC Restaurant Week once more. Book a $30 three-course lunch or $60 three-course dinner in Queens Bully’s convivial, sports bar/beer hall space from July 18-August 21

Our prix fixe pick: The spicy crab tostada, the BBQ pulled pork on polenta and the ice cream scoop for $30 at lunch. The caprese salad, smoked tomato and chicken panini and the banana bread pudding for $60 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Upper East Side
  • price 4 of 4

This little chain has a smattering of standalone locations in NYC, plus a presence at places like Sotheby’s on the Upper East Side. Sant Ambroeus’ Soho address straddles that shoppy neighborhood and its BFF, Nolita, on a busy downtown Manhattan stretch that feels a lot like a Disney recreation of NYC, but provides a unique perch for people watching with a spot of day wine nonetheless. It has two-course lunch and three-course dinner deals for $30 and $45 until August 21.

Our prix fixe pick: The salmone con lenticchie and the principessa for $30 at lunch. The Caesar Cardini, mezze maniche con pesto di basilico and the tiramisù for $45 at dinner. 

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