It’s that time again. NYC Restaurant Week will take place from January 16 to February 10 (three weeks and five days). Honestly, I’m not all too excited. It’s gotten to be pretty trite. Too many restaurants are allowed in, the menus are disappointing and it gets extended to the point where it no longer feels special.
If you are going to partake in the celebration, these are the restaurants we recommend you visit during restaurant week:
A Voce: (either location) Chef Missy Robbins is a master of Italian cooking, their sommelier is incredible and the food never disappoints.
Amma: Incredible Indian food and white glove service make this an incredible deal.
Boulud Sud: any of the Boulud restaurants are a win during restaurant week. If you go to Sud, pray they have their ratatouille on the menu. It’s to die for.
Ca Va Brasserie: I know people have issues with Mr. English, but I’ve had nothing but satisfying meals and great service at Ca Va.
Esca: I judge a seafood restaurant by their sea urchin. Esca’s won my heart. One of the best seafood restaurants in the city.
Junoon: You can go there for lunch on a regular day and get a (very well deserved) one star Michelin meal for under $25. It will be interesting to see what menu they set for NY restaurant week.
The Lincoln: Three visits to the Lincoln and I have not been disappointed. If you can’t afford the flight to Italy, you can at least head to the Lincoln and make believe.
Pampano: This is Mexican the way Mexican should be. With more of a seafood focus, Pampano shows the cuisine of this country in a different light.
Park Avenue Winter: This whimsical restaurant changes decor and dishes with the seasons but has never changed the level of their quality. A great spot to spend a day for restaurant week.
Thalassa: If it is as good as last time I visited, you are in for a treat. This is Greek cuisine refined.
January 10th, 2012