(New York, NY) — So, you’ve been planning to try The Dutch but the high prices aren’t within your budget. Or, let’s say you want to go to Nougatine at Jean Georges, but you live in the Bowery and you rarely travel to the Upper West Side.
Starting today, there’s no more excuse. You’ll have an incentive to travel to the UWS and you’ll be able to afford The Dutch.
Welcome to the 25th Annual NYC Restaurant Week, which begin today and will last until Friday, August 18.
This citywide event, which celebrates New York’s restaurants, had its start to take advantage of tourist visits to boost the economy because summer out here is when residents are gone and living it up in the Hamptons.
Here’s how it works if you’re not familiar with one of New York’s surprisingly cheap deals. For dinner, a special three-course prix-fixe meal will cost you an insanely low price of $42. There’s also the three-course at lunch, which will cost you only $29. Roughly 390 restaurants are participating across all five boroughs.
We can’t stress this enough: make your ressies now, as it’s going to be hard to get a table at, say, Lupa, now that everyone who’s everyone wants to try it and get a discount at the same time.
Just remember Saturdays are not included and Sundays are optional. To make reservations, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek, or you can try Open Table and apps like Resy and Reserve.
To see which restaurants are participating, check out the list on Open Table.
THE POWER LUNCH
Lunch during Restaurant Week is the perfect time for real estate brokers to dine with their clients. This simple gesture will go a long way, as you may have been feeling rejected because the broker isn’t returning your calls (two words: lose him!) Then you’ll be frustrated. You may even be peeved because, say, it’s taking too much time for your broker to find an apartment.
The broker can also save money for his company by going out to lunch on the cheap. Because, let’s not fool ourselves, lunch with a client is expensive, because the next thing you know, you’ve just ordered an over $500 bottle of Gordon & MacPhail scotch so that the two of you can get sloshed and bond with each other.
SOME NEWBIES ARE PARTICIPATING
Bar Boulud, Mercer Kitchen and the trendy Beauty & Essex are just a few hot restaurants that are participating. In 1992, when 100 restaurants signed on, 12 are reprising their appearance including Le Cirque and the Russian Tea Room, according to Metro.us. There are also newbies, including
Wolfgang Puck’s Cut, Tom Colicchio’s Fowler & Wells and Untitled, Danny Meyer’s restaurant at the new Whitney Museum.
Book those reservations now before it’s too late!