No, it's not Christmas. When I start to see that trendy girl in sunglasses pop up all over the city, I know it's time for one of my favorite things in the whole world: nycgo's Restaurant Week!!Going on my third year living in NYC, this is my 5th NYC restaurant week (3 Winter RW & 2 Summer RW). When I lived in Boston, I always took part in the Beantown version of the event, but it's no great surprise that New York City has some of the best restaurants in the world, and this is the perfect way to experience the amazing food that NYC has to offer.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with how Restaurant Week works, let me break it down for you. For 2 weeks in the Winter & 2 weeks in the Summer, many restaurants select a few dishes to appear on a special menu that usually (but not always) consists of Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts. If you go for Lunch, you get to choose one from each section for a price of $24.07. If you go for dinner, the price is $35. At many restaurants in NYC, entrees can cost between $30-$40, so this is really a great deal. This season's Restaurant Week will take place from January 24-Feb 6.
Every time Restaurant Week rolls around, I make as many reservations as possible and invite many different groups of my friends to dine with me. I usually make 1-2 reservations for Patrick & me, one for myself, Lauren & Jill (usually at BONDST, yum!) and a few more for other groups of friends. Winter Restaurant Week 2011 has me visiting:
1. Primehouse (Gramercy Steak)
2. BONDST (Noho Japanese/Sushi)
3. Riverpark (Colicchio's new Kips Bay Modern American spot)
4. Nobu Next Door (Tribeca Japanese/Sushi)
I am also considering Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill and French spot Le Cirque because both menus look incredible, but seeing as I have 11 reservations (Restaurant Week & non-Restaurant Week) scheduled over the next month, I think I'll have to settle for just 4 Restaurant Week spots this time around.
I can't wait to share my dishes with you. If you live in NYC, what restaurants will you be trying for Restaurant Week?
-The Fabulous Foodie