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It's Restaurant Week in New York (6/20 - 7/1)

Well, technically this post should have gone up on Monday, but it got lost in the shuffle. The important thing to know, though, is that it's not too late to get some of the best deals in dining on the planet. Restaurant week is, of course, the week (actually two) in New York where some of the finest restaurants offer prix fixe meals for lunch and dinner at rock bottom prices. This year it's $20.12 for lunch and $35 for dinner on weekdays.

Here's the official NYC Restaurant Week site which lists the participating restaurants and offers OpenTable reservations for most of them.

Perhaps more interesting, and a way of choosing who you decide to visit when you go, is this posting by Alaina over at A Full Belly, which excerpts the NY Times' interviews with some of New York's top chef's and asks them how they approach the whole concept of selling their food at basically way below cost.

Not surprisingly, some of them sneer at the concept and are bullied into even participating by their management, while others look at it as a way of winning new customers and pull out all the stops hoping to impress.

I still maintain that the Jean-Georges lunch as part of Restaurant Week is the best single meal for twenty bucks you'll ever eat.

Enjoy, New York! I wish I was there.

Comments (2)

chuck wrote:
06.23.05 at 11:08 AM

when SF does its dine about town month/week (i can't remember which it is), i've always found the food to be way below par. so much so, that i refuse to eat during these bargain weeks anywhere...

(although, i suppose i would never pass up a $20 JG lunch...)

Terry Hughes wrote:
06.23.05 at 3:24 PM

I have to agree with Chuck on this one with specific reference to NYC. The RW experience is really different from the "real" experience at any particular restaurant. The service sucks too.

I think they sort of treat you like you're a cheapskate suburbanite...oh, wait, a lot of people who do Restaurant Week ARE cheapskate suburbanites, not to mention those who live in Mitchell Lama housing.

This sounds really snotty as I read it but, based on the people I know, it's true!

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