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The top 10 restaurants for NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015

The discount-dining blowout returns for summer—here are the 10 restaurants where you should be snagging a reservation

By Time Out contributors
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The reservation lines are open people—it’s officially NYC Restaurant Week yet again. For food-loving New Yorkers, the biannual juggernaut, offering three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners between July 20 and August 14, is the chance to book some of the city’s top tables without breaking the bank. Here are 10 must-try restaurants for cheap prix-fixe meals during Restaurant Week, including brainy tacos, top-rate Japanese food and more. Eat up!

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Photograph: Loren Wohl

Asia de Cuba

Restaurants Cuban Noho

The Sex and the City–loving set rejoiced at the return of Jeffrey Chodorow’s buzzy Latin-fusion spot. Celebrate its reopening with a Restaurant Week dinner spread that includes options like snapper ceviche with Thai chili and plantains, crispy calamari with chayote and orange-sesame vinaigrette, and ginger-papaya palomilla steak with pickled vegetables.

The Cecil

Restaurants American Harlem

The global Harlem haunt is offering a trim prix-fixe dinner menu for Restaurant Week, with dishes including watermelon salad with goat yogurt and soju dressing, dusted black bass with a heart-of-palm–avocado mash and strawberry curry, and tapioca pudding with black-sesame semifreddo and poached pineapple.

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Chefs Club
Photograph: Courtesy Aaron Arizpe / Chefs Club by Food & Wine

Chefs Club by Food & Wine

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Food & Wine magazine’s prestigious kitchen in Aspen, Colorado, opened an NYC location last fall, with dishes created by a rotating cast of decorated chefs. The Restaurant Week menu includes flounder with grilled spring onions from Minneapolis’s Erik Anderson and Sasso Chicken from Portland’s Gabriel Rucker, menu items that are only offered for a limited time this summer.

élan

Restaurants Flatiron

After cooling his heels following the closure of the venerated Chanterelle, chef David Waltuck now helms the stove at the already lauded élan. Dinner entrées (like Spanish mackerel with clam dashi risotto) normally start at $28, so this is your chance to get a serious discount.

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Empellón Cocina

Restaurants Mexican East Village

Alex Stupak recently took his East Village restaurant to tasting-menu territory, making it the opportune time to take advantage of this wallet-friendly Mexican prix fixe, serving starters like lamb tartare with guaje seeds, a selection of tacos including mashed fava beans with Parmesan, and desserts like chocolate ganache with tres leches ice cream.

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

Restaurants Italian Noho

The Noho trattoria and market is rolling out a Restaurant Week lunch menu that showcases a choice of antipasti (ricotta with stone fruit and dandelions, fluke crudo with green plum and basil), main course (olive-oil-poached tuna, spit-roasted half poussin) and dessert (gelato, chocolate mousse).

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Lafayette

Restaurants French Noho

Andrew Carmellini’s Noho stunner is as sought out for its solid bistro eats (frog legs Provencal, steak frites, duck au poivre) as it is for its gleaming digs (caramel-leather banquettes, mahogany floors, amber lighting). The French number will offer lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week.

Photograph: Evan Sung

Obicà Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina

Restaurants Pizza Flatiron

The Rome-based mozzarella-bar chain is serving Italian plates for both lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week, with appetizers like an antipasto of prosciutto di Parma, grilled artichokes and crostini; mains such as pizza pomodoro with bufalo mozzarella and pappardelle with Tuscan-style duck ragù and desserts including a flourless chocolate-almond cake with fior di latte gelato to finish.

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PALM COURT dishes
Photogrpah: Paul Wagtouicz

The Palm Court

Restaurants Tea rooms Midtown West

At the Plaza Hotel’s iconic atrium, recently revamped by the Lambs Club’s Geoffrey Zakarian, find an American-inflected dinner menu featuring items such French onion soup with braised beef short ribs, a burger jazzed up with Gruyère and tzatziki sauce on brioche, and carrot cake with cream-cheese sorbet.

Zuma

Restaurants Japanese Murray Hill

The first New York branch of the London-based Japanese restaurants sprawls over two levels, with a sushi counter, 80-bottle sake bar, a robata grill and an expansive dining room serving dishes like rice hot pot with wild mushrooms, shiso ponzu–buttered lobster and beef tenderloin spiced with sesame and red chili.

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