NYC and Company’s Winter Restaurant week is right around the corner, and now is the prime time to drop that New Year Resolution diet and book your reservations with participating restaurants. We rounded up our Top 10 Restaurant Week Lunches to save you time when sifting through restaurant offers – and of course, reserve the best bang for your buck options (even after gratuities and taxes) that keep your belly full. Happy lunching!
Best Monday – Friday Deals
Morimoto: Kick off the week with a fine dining sushi lunch from chef Masaharu Morimoto – former executive chef of Nobu and a star on Food Network’s Iron Chef. You can expect only the best experience with choices of a Sushi Combo, Chef’s Selection of 10 Sashimi Pieces, or a Dry-Aged Burger. Spots fill up fast for this one, so run – don’t walk for this reservation.
Lure Fishbar: If you can’t get a spot at Morimoto, Lure Fishbar is a more low key option that also serves delicious sushi and a variety of fish. The main dishes include selections of Nori Crusted Tuna, Miso Glazed Salmon, Herb Roasted Chicken, or a Lure Sushi Combo. Located in the heart of SoHo, you’ll enjoy people-watching and delicious dining with this reservation.
Delmonico’s: Look no further than Delmonico’s for a classic steakhouse lunch and dinner. Open since 1837, this operation invented some of the most iconic American dishes. Choose from multiple main course options, including decadent 18 Hour Braised Short Ribs, Petit Filet Mignon, and Delmonico’s Classic Steak. A steakhouse is the best deal for your money during Restaurant Week, and don’t forget to take a photo of the building’s exterior once you finish lunch (hint: it’s very Instagrammable).
Leuca: If you’re lunching outside of Manhattan, head over to this rustic Italian spot in Williamsburg. Choose main courses of Lumache, Bucatini, or Local Bass and definitely save room for dessert, where you have options such as Limoncello Tiramisu. Sold!
Loring Place: If you’ve already dined at ABC kitchen, or are kind of over it, look no further than newly opened Loring Place. Chef Dan Kluger, who opened ABC Kitchen and Cocina, offers bright vegetable dishes and savory main courses at this new venture. Roasted Black Bass, Chicken Breast, or a Veggie Burger are your Large Plate options. Don’t be fooled by their simplicity – the ingredients are fresh and absolutely delicious. You are bound to have a memorable dining experience here.
Gotham Bar & Grill: Another fine-dining option, Gotham Bar & Grill offers an exceptional 2 or 3 course price-fix menu menu for restaurant week (does not include beverages or alcohol). Pan Roasted Branzino, Braised Beef Short Rib, and Pumpkin Tortellini are only a few of the many options served. Be prepared to dress to the tee and enjoy a white-tablecloth dining experience, paired with a glass (or two) from their lengthy wine list.
Best Sunday Brunch/Lunch Deals
MASSONI: Located in Arlo NoMad, this inauthentic Italian restaurant, run by Chef Dale Talde, is offering a wonderful tasting of their menu for restaurant week. Enjoy classics such as meatballs, bucatini, and pizza that all have a twist to give your Italian meal a unique flavor. And definitely leave room for the snickers cannoli dessert – this is one you won’t want to miss. Buon appetito!
Amada: Enjoy a unique brunch at this Andalusian tapas restaurant in Battery Park City. Classic Jamon, Patatas Bravas, and Chorizo are a couple of the menu items offered for brunch. You’ll feel like you flew to Spain and back at this Tapas restaurant!
Momofuku Nishi: This isn’t just another Momofuku restaurant in NYC. Italian-inspired dishes with unusual ingredients is what they’re serving here. Your choices vary from Sourdough Focaccia, Lumache, and Roasted Pork. Top it off with a choice of two cakes and you have yourself the ideal weekend brunch.
Pig and Khao: Filipino food on Lower East Side is a superb combo. Come hungry for this one – they do not skimp on their portions when it comes to restaurant week. A menu full of flavorful options from sausage, pork, and curries, you are bound to find dishes you will be craving to come back for.