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

You can still reserve tables through February 13.

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 the winter, 2022 edition is winding down. You only have until February 13 to make reservations at more than 400 restaurants across all five boroughs, each offering two-course lunch and three-course dinner deals for $29, $39 or $59. More than half of the participating restaurants have indoor and outdoor dining options.  

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 during NYC Restaurant Week this winter. 

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

Time Out Market New York

NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2022's best reservations

  • 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 will serve $39 lunch and $59 dinners from January 18-30. Entrees like The Bar Room’s charred octopus and its hand-cut tagliatelle with black truffles typically run from $32 to $49. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The steak tartare with crispy potatoes and the roasted chicken with cabbage and foie gras for $39 at lunch. The oysters, the duck with radicchio and the toasted sesame ice cream with passion fruit at dinner. 

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

Prix-fixe dinners at modern French restaurant Bâtard typically run from $75 to $95 for two to four courses, so its $59 dinner option is a clear deal. Beef tartare, foie gras terrine, coq au vin and branzino are all on the standard menus in its chic dining room. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The cured salmon, duck leg confit and pot de creme for $59 at dinner. 

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  • 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 $59 dinner prix-fixe includes selections like lentil or chicken sambusa, doro tibs and halva for dessert. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The chicken sambusa, doro tibs with jollof rice and the halvah for $59 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Noho
  • price 2 of 4

Fabulous Fish Cheeks has been a Time Out New York favorite since it first opened in Noho in 2016. It’s still terrific six years later, with snacks like fried chicken wings and grilled pork cheeks marinated in fish sauce and shareable plates like coconut crab curry and Isan-style grilled chicken. Fish Cheeks also has a happy hour from noon to 3:15pm and 5-6pm each day when you can get $6 beer, $10 wine and $11 specialty cocktails. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The zabb wings and the crab fried rice for $39 at lunch. The mussels with chili jam, green curry and the coconut ice cream for $59 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Indonesian
  • Nolita

You can spot Wayan’s lovely facade a mile away and its verdant bar-adjacent seating area and ornately appointed back dining room are just as pretty. Some of its also photogenic and delicious bites include satays, lobster noodles and fan-favorite corn fritters. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The cumi cumi isi (stuffed baby squid) and Bangs Island mussels for $39 at lunch.

  • Restaurants
  • DUMBO

The sibling to Bensonhurst’s Em Vietnamese Kitchen opened this Vietnamese tapas-style spot just last year and introduced booze even more recently. Opening items like ngheu hap xa (clams in lemongrass broth), chao so diep (scallop rice porridge with garlic, butter, scallion and cilantro) and banh xeo (turmeric rice crepe with shrimp, pork belly, calamari, bean sprouts and scallions) are all still among its standard offerings. 

Our prix-fixe pick: Your choice of cocktail or smoothie, the cha gio and the pho bo for $29 at lunch (weekdays only). Your choice of cocktail or smoothie, the ngheu hap xa and the bun thit nuong for $59 at dinner. You can also add a bottle or red or white wine to either prix-fixe for $35. 

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  • 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 this season’s Restaurant Week menus. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The Long Island fluke and crispy fish tacos for $39 at lunch. The crispy calamari herb salad, the roasted hake with cauliflower purée and broccoli rabe and the Fulton cookie for $59 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Midtown West

Mediterranean restaurant Iris opened in a sprawling space in midtown west last year. On a typical evening, the beach-y, beige spot boasts robust mezze platters with hummus, roasted eggplant and whipped sheep milk feta and entrees like moussaka, swordfish kebab and mastic marinated lamb chops. Iris also has a special dry January drink list with half-a-dozen booze-free sips like a cucumber dill spritz and melon lemonade.

Our prix-fixe pick: The tzatziki and the branzino filet for $39 at lunch. The squid, braised short rib and the baklava for $59 at dinner.

 

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Hangawi
  • 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 expect plates like maitake mushroom fritters, dumpling varieties and “fritters galore” in its elegant environment. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The spicy Mongolian hot pot and Korean root vegetable salad, braised tofu with quinoa in garlic and chili sauce and the vegan mochi ice cream platter for $59 at dinner.

  • Restaurants
  • Russian
  • Lower East Side

A "modern Russian kitchen and bar" on the Lower East Side, Tzarevna looks tiny from the outside, but it’s surprisingly bright and airy once you’re seated beneath its high glass roof in the back. It also boasts vodka infusions in flavors like horseradish and black currant in shots, on the rocks, or as martinis. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The beet salad, oladushki with sour cream and jam and the mimosa for $29 at brunch. The borscht, duck plov and the honey cake for $39 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Indian
  • Long Island City
  • price 2 of 4

You may have heard of a little spot called Dhamaka on the Lower East Side, which was NYC’s best restaurant opening of 2021 and seemed to snap up every award in town last year. Adda Indian canteen, from the same team, came first, and it’s collected its own share of accolades since 2018. It’ll more than tide you over until you can finally get a table at Dhamaka. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The set dahi batata puri, achari chicken tikka and the paneer do pyaza for $39 at dinner. 

  • Restaurants
  • West Village

It was so tough to get a reservation at 232 Bleecker, the full-service extension of Dig (formerly Dig Inn), back when it opened in 2019, that it would have been inconceivable to think the warm, vegetable-centric but meat-friendly restaurant would one day join Restaurant Week’s ranks. Book now if you couldn’t get in back then.

Our prix-fixe pick: The set daily focaccia, Brussels sprouts with apple and candied hazelnuts and the veggie cheeseburger with pickled carrots and crispy cheddar for $39 at dinner, plus 232’s $39 rotating red and white wine bottle specials. 

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

Noreetuh modern Hawaiian restaurant has $39 dinners all Restaurant Week Long. Choose from some of its best plates like bigeye tuna poke, berkshire pork cutlet, mentaiko tagliatelle and four desserts. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The bigeye tuna poke, mentaiko tagliatelle and the pineapple upside-down cake for $39 at dinner, plus Noreetuh’s $26 wine pairing. 

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

Danji is one of the best restaurants near Times Square, but its chic, intimate interior betrays its chaos-adjacent location. It’s offering a $59, three-course dinner for NYC Restaurant Week this winter, with your choice of items like wild yellowtail sashimi, bulgogi beef sliders and sizzling bibimbap with beef or veggies. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The korean fire chicken wings, sizzling bibimbap and the sorbet for $59 at dinner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Upper West Side
  • price 2 of 4

Two of Han Dynasty’s four NYC locations are participating in Restaurant Week this season. Head to its Upper West Side and Downtown Brooklyn outposts for $29 lunch and $39 dinner deals from their Szechuan menus. 

Our prix-fixe pick: Call for menus! 

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Chocobar Cortés is new to both Restaurant Week and NYC, having just opened its South Bronx location 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. It has $29 lunch and $59 dinner options for Restaurant Week's duration. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The alcapurrias and the chocoburger for $29 at lunch. The croquetas de jamón serrano, chalupitas de mofongo and the chocolate grilled cheese for $59 at dinner. 

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  • 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. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The flash-fried cauliflower and the Dagon schnitzel for $29 at lunch. The hummus, the dry-aged beef kebabs and the labneh cheesecake labneh cheesecake for $59 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. It’s offering a three-course $39 lunch and a three-course $59 dinner for the throughout this season’s Restaurant Week. An optional wine pairing is $20. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The mixed baby green and chicory salad and the pan-roasted striped bass for $39 at lunch. The tarragon-scented lobster bisque, beef cheek bourguignon and the lemon Pavlova for $59 at dinner

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  • Restaurants
  • Harlem

Rice-based dishes abound at FieldTrip, which first opened in Harlem in 2019. You’ll find it in bowls filled with veggies, brisket, fish and fried chicken alongside salads, quinoa bao buns and sweet treats like rice milk hibiscus/raspberry soft serve. Beer, wine and sake are also available in the casual, brick-lined space. FieldTrip’s lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus both come with two bowls, should you wish to share. 

Our prix-fixe pick: The Cobb salad, shrimp and veggie bowls for $29 at lunch. The yucca chips, crab pockets, braised beef and fried chicken bowls for $29 at dinner. 

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