Eating + Drinking

The 8 Best Spots to Eat During 2019’s NYC Restaurant Week

Even after 26 years, New York Restaurant Week still attracts some of the scene’s biggest dining establishments.

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Yep, NYC Restaurant Week is back. Happening during the time when tourism usually slows to a sweaty trickle, hundreds of restaurants throughout the five boroughs—yes, even Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx—sell two-course lunches ($26) and three-course dinners ($42) at a fraction of the price, from July 22 to August 16. With Restaurant Week in its 26th year, it’s likely you’ve eaten your way through the event’s mainstays—including the places we’ve recommended in the past—but there’s still plenty of delicious food to try. Switch things up this summer with our favorite newcomers, overlooked gems, and Michelin-starred winners.

Soogil

French flair and South Korean flavor come together at former Daniel Boulud protégé Soogil Lim’s eponymous haunt. You can see the chef’s seasoned expertise in modern fusion bites, including finely chopped beef tartare surrounded by pear bits and micro egg yolks; delicate glass noodles swirled underneath sweet and salty bulgogi; slow-cooked monkfish doused in lobster sauce; and a matcha-honey chestnut dessert that could be best described as a Jenga tower. 108 East 4th Street (between First and Second Avenues), East Village

The matcha-honey chestnut dessert at Soogil that is best described as a Jenga treat. / Photo by Michael Tulipan/Courtesy of Soogil

Maison Pickle

Fancy yourself a decadent feast? Dip into this comforting uptown staple and indulge in some naughty New American fare—and perhaps a wine pairing to go with your brunch ($18) or dinner ($34). Balance out a sinful Reuben French dip with an heirloom tomato salad during weekday brunch or settle for a nonna-style chicken-eggplant parm with an English pea soup during dinner. Oh, yeah, save room for a mile-high chocolate cake (available during dinner service for an extra $5) that will haunt your dreams long after you clear the crumbs off your plate. 2315 Broadway (at West 84th Street)

Reuben French dip, anyone? / Courtesy of Maison Pickle

Noreetuh

Maui meets Metropolis at this easy-breezy gem, where island cuisine goes beyond Spam musubi and King’s Hawaiian rolls (although the latter appears in a tropical rum-raisin bread pudding during dessert). Your taste buds deserve a vacation, so treat them to garlicky shrimp swimming over grilled onigiri; ham hock wontons buried underneath Asian greens and shaved summer truffles; an uni- and spicy cod–forward spaghetti; and a split pineapple brûleé-ed and seasoned with lime zest and Hawaiian red salt. 128 First Avenue (between East 7th Street and St. Mark’s Place), East Village

Oh, Noreetuh, you had us at brûleé-ed pineapple. / Photo courtesy of Noreetuh

Maiella

Come for the picturesque East River views, stay for some good old-fashioned feasting. The molto Italiano destination impresses with its Queens waterfront backdrop, but it’s what’s on your plate that will leave you breathless. Sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto, and figs layered atop creamy burrata; lamb meatballs stuffed with nuttiness (pistachio) and sweetness (golden raisins); rustic roasted chicken and pesto-covered goat cheese ravioli; and a Nutella panna cotta worthy of licking the bowl clean are just some of the stunners to look forward to here. 46-10 Center Boulevard, Long Island City

Much Italian feasting happens in this room. / Photo courtesy of Maiella

Tuome

Thomas Chen’s East-West Asian-fusion destination has been one of the most exciting spots in the East Village since its opening in 2014—and it now has a Michelin star to back up the hype. Some of the kitchen’s most ambitious dishes make an appearance on its Restaurant Week menu, including the two-person Pig Out spread with crispy Berkshire pulled pork squares and an accoutrement of condiments; summery watermelon with burrata and chrysanthemum; and snow crab noodles coated in dashi butter. 536 East 5th Street (between Avenues A and B), East Village

The Bombay Bread Bar

Floyd Cardoz’s color-saturated SoHo spot delivers on both Instagrammability and delicious Indian dishes reinvented for the 21st century—and this might be one of your last shots to experience both before it shutters in September. You’ll want to spend all your time nibbling on the tandoori sampler at your table, but we recommend saving room for some of the menu’s biggest hits, like aloo tikki potato cakes seasoned with chaat masala; deeply crispy chickpea-battered cauliflower roast; rich lamb curry sprinkled with lentils and cracked wheat; and sweet Indian doughnuts doused in Old Monk rum syrup. 195 Spring Street (at Sullivan Street), SoHo

If you don’t love the aloo tikki potato cakes seasoned with chaat masala, you may want to consult a doctor. / Photo courtesy of Bombay Bread Bar/Facebook

Gloria

Pescatarian paradise resides in Hell’s Kitchen. This intimate jewel box strives on showcasing sustainable seafood cuts, and a new head chef (Estela and Flora Bar alum Andy Keith) doubles down on the concept with intriguing delights like monkfish liver and spicy yuzu kosho slathered on toast; pan-roasted tilefish straight from Montauk; blackened whole shrimp direct from the Gulf atop blue grits; and a fully loaded, lunch-only fried hake sandwich overflowing with trout caviar. 401 West 53rd Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues), Hell’s Kitchen

Welcome to pescatarian paradise. / Photo courtesy of Gloria/Facebook

Henry at Life Hotel

Recent James Beard winner J.J. Johnson already has a lot on his plate—opening a new fast-casual concept in Harlem, hosting a cooking show—but it’s his creative exploration of the African diaspora that has foodies—and us!—heading to NoMad’s Life Hotel for Restaurant Week brunch and dinner. Vibrant crowd-pleasers like oxtail-stuffed egg rolls; brown paper–fried chicken that’s a winner winner; Fred Flintstone–style short rib covered in a hoisin barbecue sauce; and spongy tres leches will be making an appearance on the limited-edition menu. 19 West 31st Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), NoMad (EDITOR’S NOTE: Henry at Life Hotel suddenly and without notice closed just hours after publication.)

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