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The best NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2019 restaurants in Manhattan

From fried-chicken joints to steakhouses, these are the best Manhattan spots of NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2019

By Christina Izzo and Time Out contributors

There are plenty of great things to do in the winter in NYC, from hitting up ice skating rinks to heated rooftop bars to some of the great Manhattan restaurants participating in NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2019. Between January 21st and February 8th at almost 400 restaurants throughout Manhattan—from Lower East Side restaurants all the way up to Harlem—you can enjoy a three-course lunch ($26) and dinner ($42). Here are reservation-worthy Manhattan restaurants you’ll want to check out during NYC Restaurant Week 2019. Menu items are subject to change. And the offer isn't valid on Saturdays.

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Gotham Bar and Grill
Photographs: Courtesy Gotham Bar & Grill

1. Gotham Bar and Grill

Restaurants American Greenwich Village

Chef-owner Alfred Portale made his name with towering New American constructions, and though the menu doesn’t push any boundaries, the execution is impressive—as is the restaurant’s soaring, masculine space. It’s pricey, but Gotham delivers.

2. Lafayette

Restaurants French Noho

Not every talented cook can make the transition from kitchen lieutenant to restaurateur—especially if the skills don’t extend beyond the stove to crafting a menu and scene that diners will dig. Haute French vet Andrew Carmellini—who many moons ago executed classics under Gray Kunz at Lespinasse—has had no trouble hatching venues diners flock to, perhaps taking a page from his other old boss, Daniel Boulud, one of the city’s savviest CEO chefs. Since going his own way, Carmellini—along with partners Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom—has turned out crackling barn-burners in cuisines outside his training: Locanda Verde (raucous Italian) and the Dutch (an enlightened view of American). So his return to French food at Lafayette was rightfully anticipated: Heads would turn; fireworks would ensue. Yet Carmellini’s new Noho brasserie is more controlled burn than conflagration; you get the warmth and the glow, but not the stunning blaze. Everything in Lafayette glows: the blue-flamed rotisserie and wood oven, the soft lamps and candles, and the gently backlit bar. The large room enjoys a proper bustle, not a din. Lithe young things tilt their heads over glasses of Sancerre in that golden light at tables, and over at the bar, clutches of suits strain their necks to get the bartender’s attention. The menu, cooked by longtime Craft executive chef Damon Wise, is suffused with all sorts of food you’ll want to eat.

Bistro Pierre Lapin
Photograph: Gabi Porter

3. Bistro Pierre Lapin

Restaurants French West Village

When you make your way inside, floral wallpaper, red-velvet booths and a giant portrait of Peter Rabbit (after all the restaurant is named after him) generate the feeling of being tucked away in the Marais district of Paris, aided even further by the haunt’s elusive location in a familiar neighborhood. 

4. Suzuki

Restaurants Japanese Midtown West

Fortunately, Toshio Suzuki wasn’t gone for long. A year after shuttering his 30-year-old Sushi Zen in midtown, the New York sushi icon has returned with a new raw-fish restaurant divided into three concepts. 

Henry NoMad
Photograph: Courtesy Henry Nomad

5. Henry at Life Hotel

Restaurants Pan-African Midtown West

The James Beard–nominated Joseph “JJ” Johnson (the Cecil, Minton’s) headed just south of Harlem for his first solo venture, which takes its inspiration from the pan-African dishes of his childhood. Look out for house-made roti with eggplant-date puree and the “Afropot,” which is stuffed with king crab, shrimp, clams and Chinese pork sausage. 

6. Loring Place

Restaurants American creative Greenwich Village

Dan Kluger doesn’t seem worried about backlash at his years-in-the-making solo debut, Loring Place, his first restaurant gig since shedding the security blanket of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC restaurant empire back in 2014. His vibrant Greenmarket riffs earned him a legion of locavore followers who have seemingly tailed the chef the 10 blocks downtown to his new dining room, a split-level, ABC-lite expanse of whitewashed walls and sleek neutrals. 

The Bombay Bread Bar
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

7. The Bombay Bread Bar

Restaurants Indian Soho

It’s not easy to admit you’re wrong, which is why Floyd Cardoz, of Tabla and Top Chef Masters fame, deserves major props. If Paowalla was mild-mannered Stanley Ipkiss from The Mask, the Bombay Bread Bar is his frisky, cocksure superhero alter ego. Designed by the film-set decorator and Wes Anderson collaborator Kris Moran, the space is a circus for the senses. 

8. High Street on Hudson

Restaurants American West Village

At some restaurants, bread is an afterthought. This is not that restaurant, and it’s certainly not that bread. At High Street on Hudson, the day-to-night West Village sibling to the lauded Philadelphia restaurant, High Street on Market, head baker Alex Bois’s astonishing loaves—potent New World ryes, hearty German-style vollkornbrot, anadama miche enriched with molasses—obliterate the idea of bread as mere mealtime filler. Here, it is the meal. 

Donuts at Red Rooster Harlem
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

9. Red Rooster Harlem

Restaurants Soul and southern American Harlem

At Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem bistro, global soul food takes center stage, artfully mixing Southern-fried, East African, Scandinavian and French flavors. The food is as relaxed as the setting itself: breezy and cheerful. The sprawling space is inviting and buzzy, the definitive place to be north of 110th Street. Doubling as a gallery space, the restaurant showcases oversize works by notable New York artists, including uptown residents LeRone Wilson and Philip Maysles.

10. Limani

Restaurants Mediterranean Midtown West

The second outpost of this Greek/Mediterranean spot favors fresh fish and Hellenic home cooking, dishing out mains like wild black bass for two and char-grilled lobster with broccoli rabe and feta.

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