By Carol Tannenhauser
NYC Restaurant Week starts next Monday, July 19th, and will run through August 22nd.
Restaurant Week is a twice-yearly, prix-fixe program, in which participating eateries offer special menus at lower prices for lunch and/or dinner (and sometimes brunch), encouraging diners to try places that might normally be out of their price range or comfort zone.
[This reporter first tried Maison Pickle last Restaurant Week, and it’s become a favorite.]
More than 500 restaurants throughout the five boroughs are participating in Restaurant Week this summer. Restaurants may opt in for any number of the full five weeks. (Always check the NYC Restaurant Week website to ensure the offer is active at your desired restaurant at the time you want to dine.)
Reservations are now being taken. Both indoor and outdoor dining are available, unlike in 2020 and the winter of 2021, when Restaurant Week was entirely “to go,” because of the pandemic. Given the success of the to-go program though, many places will continue to offer their Restaurant Week menus for takeout, delivery or both, in addition to on-site dining. Saturdays are excluded, and some restaurants also exclude Sundays. Drinks, tips and taxes aren’t included in the price.
The summer 2021 program offers three pricing options — $21, $39, $125. “Diners can choose from a selection of lunches, brunches, and dinners available for $21 (inclusive of one entrée and at least one side), or $39 (inclusive of one entrée and at least one side), dependent on individual restaurant price points,” nycgo, the city’s official tourism website explains. “And new for this iteration, some restaurants may offer the Signature Dining Experience featuring three or more courses and exclusive enhancements for $125, in addition to, or in lieu of, a $21 or $39 offering.”
To see the full list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, Summer 2021, click here. You can then search by location if you want to zero in on the Upper West Side, or dine in a different neighborhood or, even, borough. According to the site, there are 30 restaurants representing the home turf, so you better get started! Again, the link is here. There are also money-back and airline mile deals for Mastercard users.