It’s that time of year again—NYC Restaurant Week is back, with more than 300 area restaurants offering three courses for lunch at $25 and dinner at $38. But with all of those choices, where do you start? We’ve nailed down 10 must-try restaurants, including nouveau Italian numbers, a Chinatown update and a Southern-comfort joint offering some of the best fried chicken in the city.
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At Chris Jaeckle’s Japanese-inflected Venetian spot, find creative Italian plates like a Parmesan-and-porchetta ramen and a burger topped with sottocenere and treviso for weekday lunch. Restaurant Week dinner specials—served Sunday through Friday—include Manila clams and mussels en brodo, short ribs for two and Jaeckle’s famed smoked uni bucatini, one of our 100 Best Dishes of 2014.
At his hyperlocal New American restaurant in Tribeca, chef-restaurateur Andrew Carmellini will be celebrating Restaurant Week with weekday lunch specials. Choose between Long Island fluke, endive-pear salad with sheep cheese or fried local cauliflower with pistachio to start, followed by a choice of mushroom tagliatelle, lobster with Meyer-lemon aioli and grass-fed hanger steak for a main. For dessert, there’s chocolate-rye cake, an apple sorbet or frozen lemon “fluff.”
The 21st-century Chinese spot from Nom Wah Tea Parlor scion Wilson Tang and Per Se vet Jonathan Wu—which serves dishes like brisket-and-brussels-sprouts fried rice, vegetarian curry potpie and Chinese spaetzle with Szechuan pork sauce— will offer dinner during Restaurant Week on Mondays through Fridays.
This Standard East Village dining room, helmed by Michelin-starred Dovetail chef-owner John Fraser, will offer weekday lunch specials throughout Restaurant Week. You can likely expect vegetable-forward plates such as carrot fries with jalapeño-tofu dip, rotisserie-crisped beets with creamed horseradish and blackened Arctic char with sorrel-apple salad and daikon.
The Central Park icon recently got a brand-new chef—James Beard Award winner Jeremiah Tower (California’s Chez Panisse and Stars)—and will be showing off his cooking during Restaurant Week during dinner Sunday through Friday, and weekday lunch. On Tower’s menu are dishes including crimini mushroom soup with spiced crab profiteroles, roasted half chicken with potato mushroom gratin, and red-wine–poached pears with salted-caramel ice cream.
Alongside their outstanding fried chicken—which nabbed the top spot for our 100 Best Dishes of 2014 list—you can look forward to Southern-comfort dishes from Top Chef–testants Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, like “drunken” deviled eggs, chicken ’n’ dumplings, and shrimp and grits. Restaurant Week specials will be served during weekday lunch and dinner.
Offering Restaurant Week deals for lunch and dinner on Sunday through Friday, along with Sunday brunch, Stephen Starr’s Philly import will offer dishes like a green-chili burger with Chihuahua cheese, tuna tostadas with chipotle mayo, and a choice between a classic flan or tres leches sponge cake for dessert.
At Andrew Carmellini’s Noho pasta shop with chef-partner Sal Lamboglia—offering specials for weekday lunch and dinner from Sunday through Friday—choose between antipasti like grilled octopus with fingerling potatoes or a pane fritto with Gorgonzola and truffle honey, and secondi such as veal ravioli with sugo di latte or strozzapreti in mushroom-marsala ragù. And don’t forget dessert—we’re talking stuff like almond gelato and a chocolate-hazelnut torta.
The Chelsea restaurant from Esca “fish whisperer” Dave Pasternack will be rolling out Restaurant Week specials for lunch and dinner on Sunday through Friday, as well as Sunday brunch. Items might include surf-and-turf skewers, linguine with clams and Calabrian chile, and Scottish salmon with puntarella-walnut pesto.
Weekday lunch service at Jesse Schenker’s contemporary American restaurant-bar in the Flatiron District will include brisket “tots” with potato mustard and rotisserie chicken alongside pickled mushrooms and cabbage in a sherry jus.