New York City is home to some of the country’s best restaurants. But sometimes, getting a reservation or, well, paying for your meal are a bit out of reach. But lucky for those traveling to the city from now until August 16th, nearly 300 restaurants are offering three-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($25/person) and/or dinner ($38/person) during NYC’s Restaurant Week. But don’t be fooled, some of the restaurants on this list aren’t that great of a deal…and some are way better than they may advertise. We did some research to find you the best deal when it comes to what you’re getting on the preselected menus and how the restaurants measure up to others on the list. Check out five of the best restaurants on NYC’s Restaurant Week list.
Park Avenue Summer, 100 E 63rd St.
Park Avenue’s menu offerings and decor changes with each season and Park Avenue Summer, naturally, is only open for a quarter of the year; the menu reflects the best fruits and vegetables during the season. Though they’re only offering lunch for Restaurant Week, if you compare the regular lunch menu with their RW one, you’ll find that one of the menu items (the seared salmon main course) typically costs $36 – that’s more than you’ll pay for all three courses – so you’re getting quite a deal! Monday–Friday Lunch
Boulud Sud, 20 W. 64th St. (64th & Bway)
Boulud Sud, a Mediterranean restaurant located on the Upper West Side, has a great atmosphere for a midday meal. Though the restaurant is offering dinner, save some money and go for lunch (it’s the same menu). Ranked by Zagat as the ninth best Mediterranean restaurant in New York (with a 25 out of 30 food rating), you know you’re getting a good deal here – main courses on their traditional dinner menu typically cost over $30. For convenience sake, they’ve selected wine pairings for their Restaurant Week menu, just remember: they’ll cost you a bit more. Monday–Friday Lunch and Dinner
Spice Market, 403 W. 13th St. (13th & 9th)
Famous chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten combines his culinary skills with unique flavors at Spice Market. Considered the third best Southeast Asian restaurant in NYC according to Zagat, Spice Market offers an experience alongside your entree: Enjoy the unique wall carvings and pagodas while you dine. Normally, their lunch and dinner menu is the same and an entree can be as affordable as $16 or as expensive as $38. But don’t be disappointed if you don’t see a favorite dish from their regular menu – the Restaurant Week one has been carefully crafted for the event. Monday–Friday Lunch and Dinner, Saturday Lunch and Dinner
Ai Fiori, 400 5th Ave.
We can’t all afford a flight to the French and Italian Riviera, but you can get pretty close to the food when you book a reservation at Ai Fiori. Open only during lunch, the restaurant was rated 26 on Zagat, plus it made their best restaurants of New York list. Considering that traditionally a two-course lunch here costs $42, this three-course menu for $25 is a steal with dishes like a country terrine and tagliatelle with arrabbiata sauce! Monday–Friday Lunch
Le Cirque, 151 E 58th St.
What’s not to love about Le Cirque? They’ve got an elegant circus-themed dining room (yep, you read that right) and delicious French cuisine. The restaurant has been a staple on the Restaurant Week list for 38 years and frequents many top New York City restaurant round-ups. Consider going during their lunch hour – both menus are the same. The best part? For their normal prix fixe lunch menu, you’ll pay nearly double the Restaurant Week price for just as much food ($49). Monday–Friday Lunch and Dinner
Find all the participating restaurants and menus here.