Text Size:-+
06.23.2005

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!

Comment on this entry

(will not be published)
(optional -- Google will not follow)
Yes
 

Type the characters you see in the picture above.

Pre-Order My Book!

small_final_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Delectable Flipboard

Most Recent Entries

2014 Family Winemakers Tasting: August 17, San Mateo Will Climate Change be the Death of Cork? The King of Zweigelt: The Wines of Umathum, Burgenland Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 14, 2014 Vinography Images: Solar Powered Dot Wine and the Fear of Change Annual Napa Wine Library Tasting: August 10, Napa Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 7, 2014 Vinography Images: The Berry 2014 West Sonoma Coast Wine Festival: August 2-3, Sebastopol, CA

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 Királyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson The World's Greatest Wine Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.