NYC Restaurant Week returns to New York City on January 22. For two weeks (yes, Restaurant Week is actually two weeks), hundreds of restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx will serve up the best deals in the city, including $29 prix-fixe lunches and $42 dinners. So you can try out that spot you’ve been waiting to indulge in or explore a new dining neighborhood with the comfort of knowing you won’t blow your budget. Make the most of the 14 days at these buzzed-about restaurants.
Tarallucci e Vino
You can’t get into a casually elegant café in Italy for under $50, so opt for this beloved Union Square–area restaurant that engages superfresh ingredients to make classic Italian fare come newly alive. Lunch and dinner specials include some of the best authentic Italian dishes, as well as antipasti and dolci courses. The pastas are all transcendentally good, but you’ll be humming with delight over the sea bass, salmon, and hanger steak, as well. 15 East 18th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway), Union Square
The Russian Tea Room
If you’ve never set foot in this enduring Slavic sensation of a dining room, now is the time to fix that cultural oversight. You don’t really come here for the food, per se, but your eyes will be delighted by the bright, ornate, gold-gleaming traditional Russian decor; the old-school, jacketed staff; and the many wonderful vodka concoctions. 150 West 57th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Midtown
The National Bar & Dining Rooms
You can’t swing a handful of fresh kale without hitting a hot farm-to-table restaurant in certain parts of town. That’s not, however, the case in midtown, which is one reason Geoffrey Zakarian’s New American bistro is so special. The Restaurant Week dinner menu is a great way to sample the deep and seasonal flavors here: Start with the burrata di Buffalo (yes, Buffalo) amped up alongside balsamic pickled bell peppers, then move on to braised short ribs or a grilled branzino, before consulting with the simple-sounding but profoundly lip-licking apple crumble. 557 Lexington Avenue (between East 50th and 51st Streets), Midtown East
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Meatpacking District restaurant is a must-visit for any Japanese food fan. Morimoto’s Restaurant Week lunch will include such options as 10 pieces of sashimi, braised black cod, beef short rib, and a dry-aged burger. All are served with miso soup, suribachi sesame mixed greens salad, cucumber pickles, and a dessert. 88 Tenth Avenue (between West 15th and 16th Streets), Chelsea
The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
April Bloomfield’s beloved British restaurant will be serving lunch during the two-week food frenzy, with options including chicken liver toast, pork and bean soup, glazed skate, venison tourtière with pickled red cabbage, and a chocolate and hazelnut tart for dessert. If you’re looking for high-end comfort food, this is the Restaurant Week reservation to make. 16 West 29th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway), Midtown
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