RESTAURANT WEEK NYC: WHERE TO DINE
It’s not often that the city’s hottest restaurants band together for a marathon of menu madness, providing limited edition selections to the masses for both lunch and dinner throughout the three week period. From July 20th to August 14th, head to these top contenders for an unforgettable dining experience — let the prix fixe games begin.
1. Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE
Crowd favorite Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, nestled in the industrial-chic ground floor of the historic Puck Building, will premiere an exclusive $38 Restaurant Week dinner Monday through Friday throughout the duration of the festivities. Highlights include acclaimed dishes from the restaurant's roster of FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs, featuring an inventive Johnny cake (a Chef Linton Hopkins recipe) and a Sasso chicken by Chef Gabriel Rucker. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of experiencing the culinary wonder that is Chefs Club, now's the time.
2. The Palm Court
Nothing says "classic New York" quite like dining in one of the city's most iconic and beloved hotels. The Palm Court at the Plaza, back in action with a fresh new face after Geoffrey Zakarian's glorious revamp, this midtown gem is offering quite the menu during Restaurant Week. Diners will feast on a hearty lineup of menu classics, starting with a braised short rib French onion soup, Caesar salad, or crudité plate, followed by a choice of the famed Palm Court burger, a roasted half chicken, or sustainably raised salmon. Finish things off with either the carrot cake or praline semifreddo. Let's be honest, one can hardly go wrong.
3. American Cut
It's no secret that Marc Forgione's got the restaurant business down, what with his Iron Chef title and all. The Forgione restaurant empire's TriBeCa steakhouse is a testament to Chef's talent, serving up the neighborhood's finest in hearty American fare. The Restaurant Week prix fixe menu is an absolute steal, featuring Jim Brady oysters, Schaller & Weber bacon, a smoky hanger steak with signature pastrami spice, potato purée Robuchon (a silky mashed potato like no other), and a Cracker Jack sundae, to name a few. We're famished just thinking about it. Bonus: American Cut's tableside old fashioned service is not only the best in show, but the smoked wood essence and housemade bitters make this bad boy stand out from NYC's endless crowd of craft cocktails.
4. Bodega Negra
Among the best of NYC's hotel dining scene, Bodega Negra remains one of the toughest reservations to secure, so be sure to grab one for Restaurant Week as now's the time. Choose from a killer list of appetizers, including pork belly carnitas tacos or the Bodega chopped salad, segueing into entrée phase with a choice of roasted chile relleno, shrimp and masa grits, and a roasted Amish chicken with chile chicken jus. The dessert choices feature assorted ice creams and sorbets, the famous tres leches cake, and churros with a spiced chocolate dipping sauce, although we do recommend ordering off the menu for this one as the Don Huevo dark chocolate molten cake is not to be missed. Olé!
Lunch: check. Dinner: check. Brunch, a total rarity by Restaurant Week standards: check. A longtime resident of our scenester dining hotlist, ACME has pioneered the Novo Nordic cuisine movement in New York City, drawing a fashion-meets-foodie crowd since its opening a few years back. Chef Mads Refslund is offering a well-rounded Restaurant Week menu rife with house favorites, from "duck in a jar" and raw radishes with goat cheese to green eggs with peppers and grilled oysters with celery broth and parsley oil. Locally foraged never sounded so good.