In the Big Apple this week? There’s still time to experience affordable fine dining at some of the most renowned restaurants in New York, with venues across the city offering three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner as part of the twice-yearly NYC Restaurant Week promotion.
Running until Friday 10 February, the special winter event sees participating restaurants offer lunches for $29 and dinners for $42, which represents around a 30–50% discount off the regular prices. As you’d expect, reservations are advised, though walk-ins are possible and all diners will be offered the same deal. The set price menus include a minimum of three choices for starters and mains and two for desserts, with some restaurants offering extra items and drinks deals for an additional charge. Search for options by neighbourhood or proximity to a well-known landmark or tourist attraction, or browse through your preferred cuisines. Can’t decide? Here’s five of our favourite venues taking part…
Highly acclaimed East Village spot Tuome serves an inspired American-Chinese menu in an intimate space with exposed brick walls and rustic touches. Highlights include the red snapper with Manila clams and leeks in a milky broth.
Tuome, 536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009
The Palm Court
Perhaps best known for afternoon tea, the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel has long been one of the city’s grandest spaces, but a recent renovation saw the launch of new all-day dining menus, with a focus on classic American fare. A special post-5.30pm tasting menu for restaurant week includes bite-sized servings of beef short rib and lobster rolls, along with two craft and classic cocktails.
The Palm Court at The Plaza, 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
On a prominent corner in the Financial District, 1837-established Delmonico’s is said to be the originator of two of the USA’s most enduring dishes – Eggs Benedict and Baked Alaska, both of which are still on the menu today. Its restaurant week menu includes pan roasted branzino (seabass) and 18 hour braised short ribs, served in clubby, wood-panelled environs.
Delmonico’s, 56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004
Nobu Next Door
Popular with the spontaneous late night crowd (it has a no-reservations policy, except for larger groups) Peruvian/Japanese sensation Nobu Next Door builds on the success of the original Nobu, without the weeks-long waiting lists. Restaurant week diners (dinner only) can opt for assorted sushi or favourites like black cod or skirt steak.
Nobu Next Door, 105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
Over in Midtown East, this handsome diner-style bistro lies at lobby level within the Hotel 48LEX and serves an extensive menu of updated American classics. An excellent choice for a smart business lunch, highlights include grilled octopus and tuna tacos, plus a range of healthy salads and a raw bar.
Lexington Brass at Hotel 48LEX New York, 517 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017, USA
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