Top 10 Spots For Restaurant Week Summer 2017
Top 10 Spots For Restaurant Week Summer 2017
Restaurant Week is back for its summer edition July 24 to August 18 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 10 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 along with dry-aged steaks and raw bar offerings. 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 root beer-glazed pork ribs with heirloom baked beans, Tuscan kale and Asian pear slaw (above), and a Jersey tomato gazpacho with crab and cucumber salad 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.
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 offering a seafood-focused menu including sea bass tartare, black shells with ruby shrimp and local calamari, and Bucatini with toasted garlic, chili, kale and Parmigiano.
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.
The Gander- Flatiron District
The Gander is a new American restaurant and bar with a sophisticated take on contemporary fare accompanied by a global wine list. Pastry chef Christina Lee transforms familiar American desserts into refreshingly playful dishes. The Gander joins restaurant week by offering a fresh take on beef tartare with quail yolk and crackers, branzino with collard greens, plums and gooseberries, and a dry-aged cheeseburger with bread & butter pickles and french fries.
The Water Club- Midtown East
The Water Club juts out onto the East River and the restaurant takes full advantage with floor-to-ceiling windows. Surf and turf is their specialty, including a raw bar, stuffed Maine lobsters, and a range of steaks and double-cut lamb chops. Some of their restaurant week menu items include mushroom polenta with truffles and red wine reduction, a caramelized sea scallops with celery root pureé and sweet yellow corn, and a grilled hanger steak with mashed potatoes.
Victor’s Cafe- Times Square/Theater District
Victor’s Cafe has been a midtown staple for high-end Cuban food for 50 years. In an airy space, the tropical theme is carried out with bright hand-painted murals, cane-backed chairs, and old-school paddle fans. The menu is more ambitious than just arroz con pollo (chicken and rice); Victor's Cafe offers both classic favorites like ropa vieja—skirt steak sautéed in onions, tomatoes, onions and peppers, and new menu items like snapper marinated in Seville oranges and salmon with a sugar cane glaze.