12 of the Best Tables For Restaurant Week Winter 2018
12 of the Best Tables For Restaurant Week Winter 2018
Restaurant Week is back for its winter edition Jan. 22nd to Feb. 9th and we couldn’t be more excited! With 390 restaurants offering $29 prix fixe menus for lunch and $42 for dinner, there’s no better way to take a culinary trip around the world while visiting the big apple. Here are our top 12 restaurant picks that shouldn’t be missed this season. Click here to make a reservation!
Beauty and Essex- Lower East Side
Hidden behind a functioning pawn shop, Beauty & Essex is a true gem on the Lower East Side and is widely regarded as one of New York's most beautiful restaurants. Head inside and past the two-story crystal chandelier for celebrity chef Chris Santos' signature menu of international small plates including tuna poke wonton tacos, lemon brick-pressed chicken or grilled salmon. Don’t forget to leave room for the restaurant's equally decadent desserts.
Benjamin Steakhouse Prime- Murray Hill
Founded in 2006, the family-owned and operated Benjamin Restaurant Group has grown to comprise some of the New York metro area's premier culinary destinations, including Benjamin Steakhouse and The Sea Fire Grill. Benjamin Steakhouse Prime melds together classic steakhouse fare and fresh and vibrant seafood. Some restaurant week menu items will include lobster bisque, jumbo lump crab cakes, and the USDA prime New York sirloin is not to be missed.
BKW by Brooklyn Winery- Crown Heights
BKW is a Crown Heights wine bar and full-service restaurant from the folks behind Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg. “You’re having the slab bacon with roasted broccoli, so I’d say the Cabernet Franc,” a server might advise, and wisely so. Come on Tuesday nights when bottles are half-price, or any evening to sit at the bar and pair wine with cheese and charcuterie. BKW is participating in restaurant week for dinner only serving vegetable massaman curry, Barbacoa braised short ribs, and crispy Brussel sprouts to name a few.
Danji- Hell’s Kitchen
Danji showcases authentic Korean flavors prepared with classic techniques. They offer small but shareable portions served in multiple courses to allow diners to have a diverse dining experience. Danji strives to use organic and locally sourced products and is conscious not to use chemicals, such as MSG, to enhance flavors. Stop in during restaurant week for brunch, lunch, or dinner and try their ‘kimchi fried rice gratin under eggs' (above) or their popular spicy ‘k.f.c’ (Korean fire chicken) wings featuring organic chicken, peanuts, cilantro and pickled daikon.
Augustine- Financial District
Located in the stunning new Beekman hotel, the posh French eaterie Augustine is new to participate in restaurant week with not one but three lunch only menus throughout the season. So you can come back and never have the same meal twice.
Legasea- Times Square
Located in the nightlife-friendly and trendy Moxy Hotel in Times Square, Legasea is the place to get your night started off right. This brand new seafood-focused restaurant is participating this week with a prix fixe lunch menu including spicy crab beignets, wild branzino, three-piece fried chicken and the Legasea sundae.
On the lower level of the William Vale hotel is a southern Italian restaurant with a split personality. On one side is a sunny, cosmopolitan café for lunch; on the other is a wood-paneled plush cocoon for dinner. Andrew Carmellini, of NoHo Hospitality Group (Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Little Park), devised a menu with a wood-fire focus—thin-crust pizza, hand-cut pasta with cuttlefish Puttanesca, and crispy suckling pig are among the house specialties. Participating in restaurant week this year for lunch and dinner, Leuca is definitely worth a trip to Brooklyn.
Chef David Chang of cult-favorite Momofuku brand presents his Italian-inspired outpost Momofuku Nishi helmed as one of his best restaurants by food-enthusiasts and food Instagrammers. Only participating for lunch, Nishi boasts a three-course prix fixe including marinated beets, Arctic Char, and orange olive oil cake for $29 per person.
Red Rooster- Harlem
Paying homage to Harlem's culturally rich and diverse neighborhood, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has created a restaurant that focuses on elevated American comfort food against a backdrop of warm colors, stimulating art and soulful sounds. The 3,400 square foot space houses a restaurant, a breakfast cafe, a speakeasy, a horseshoe-shaped bar and a communal table. Serving only lunch for restaurant week, stop by for the highly-rated shrimp and grits or Uncle Ed’s Gumbo stew with andouille sausage and okra.
Root & Bone- East Village
Root & Bone is a neighborhood restaurant from Top Chef alums, chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. The East Village joint serves classic southern fare with modern technique. Root & Bone's menu consists of soul-nurturing, conscientiously sourced, farm-fresh ingredients that are seasonal and local. Serving dinner and brunch for restaurant week, stop in for the “Best New Fried Chicken in NYC” voted by Eater—a sweet tea-brined, lemon dusted fried chicken with spiked tabasco honey and buckwheat cheddar waffles with whiskey maple syrup (shown above), is to die for.
Strip House Speakeasy- West Village
Experience old-world glamour, sophistication and modern style at Strip House Speakeasy, adjoining the famous Greenwich Village Strip House 12th Street. Strip House Speakeasy serves a full steakhouse menu in an intimate, casual below-street-level dining room. Explore the prix fixe dinner on weekdays during restaurant week including tuna tartare, braised short rib Tagliatelle and dry-aged demi strip steak.
Blue Fin- Times Square
Located on the ground floor of the W Times Square, Blue Fin is a modern seafood restaurant where Broadway energy meets quiet sophistication. The street-level space includes a sushi and raw bar, along with a bar and lounge area and large communal table in the upstairs lounge. Serving lunch and dinner for restaurant week, the menu includes wild mushroom bisque, crispy Faroe salmon and grilled hanger steak.