Top 10 Spots For Restaurant Week Summer 2018
Top 10 Spots For Restaurant Week Summer 2018
Restaurant Week is back for its summer edition begin today through August 18 and we couldn’t be more excited! With 380 restaurants offering $26 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!
French bistro Benoit of famed French chef Alain Ducasse, is celebrating its 10th anniversay this year. The Midtown staple also has a new executive chef at the helm, Laëtitia Rouabah. The powerhouse chef is bringing her contemporary flair to the classic French menu and she does not disappoint. Stop in this week for lunch or dinner and enjoy the duck confit or hanger streak with fries in the airy, open space with comfortable red banquettes.
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.
Beauty & 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.
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.
Dos Caminos- Multiple locations (SoHo, Meatpacking, Midtown, Murray Hill)
The NYC mod-Mexican mini-empire boasts fresh guacamole—made tableside—and inventive coacktials such as prickly pear cactus margaritas. Visit any of the five locations to enjoy the lunch or dinner Restaurant Week prix fixe menu that includes pork belly tacos and a just spicy enough jalapeño bacon burger. With more than 100 types of tequila and contemporary takes on traditional Mexican delicacies, including tequila-cured salmon ceviche and tamarind tacos you're sure to have a fantastic culinary experience.
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.
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.
Legasea Seafood Brasserie offers top-tier seafood dishes that included customer favorites such as spicy crab beignets, flounder Francaise and their newest seafood marinara pasta. Located steps away from Madison Square Garden and the the bustling Times Square, makes this a great stop after a Broadway matinee, and before a concert or sports game.
Black Barn- NoMad
Black Barn is an American restaurant serving local, artisanal cuisine in a relaxed modern barn setting. Overlooking Madison Square Park, the restaurant is a creation of chef John Doherty, former executive chef of the Waldorf Astoria. This is Black Barn;s first year participating in Restaurant Week so stop in for lunch only and try theur swordfish tacos od the house-made tagliolini.