The easiest, most affordable way to up your dining game is to make a reservation at one—or several—of the six MICHELIN-starred restaurants participating in NYC Restaurant Week.
Running from January 21 through February 9, Restaurant Week mostly features two-course lunches and three-course dinners for $26 and $42, respectively, available Monday through Friday (and occasionally Sunday). Beyond our short list, the much-anticipated "week" spotlights 365 restaurants showcasing the variety of cuisines that make up New York City's restaurant landscape.
View the participating six one-MICHELIN-starred restaurants below. (You can browse the entire NYC Restaurant Week list here.)
This Michael White restaurant is offering two- and three-course (available for $32) lunch specials Monday through Friday for the occasion. Per inspectors, "As one might expect of a Michael White restaurant, the menu boasts of Italian favorites mingled with contemporary flair." Dishes include beef tartare with garlic crema, crispy capers and toasted bread; housemade tagliatelle with pomodoro sauce, arugula and Parmigiano; and a dark chocolate dessert with espresso and tahini. There are also a number of features wines, juices and cocktails available.
This TriBeCa favorite is offering the discounted meal at dinner. "Chef Markus Glocker’s cooking is precise and his dishes look quite delicate on the plate. But like a good featherweight they pack more of a punch than you’re expecting," according to inspectors. Offerings include salmon crudo with pickled long pepper, black lime and cilantro; farfalle with wild mushrooms, Pecorino, arugula and shiitake cream; and chocolate gâteau featuring chocolate sponge, crispy rice and coffee ice cream.
"The kitchen is nominally influenced by the Costa Brava, but rest assured that its reach is far greater than that and the tapas are far more sophisticated than they pretend to be." Weekday lunch options include chorizo with pickled piquillo peppers; pork belly with pork croqueta and fabada asturiana (bean stew); and mackerel with black garlic romesco.
"The restaurant shares the same decorative style as sibling Berners Tavern, which is housed inside the London Edition, with high ceilings, handsome wood-paneling and every inch of wall space covered with framed pictures of the good and great." This makes it the perfect setting for a casual lunch from this collaboration between restaurateur Stephen Starr and British chef Jason Atherton. Menu offerings include Hudson Valley foie gras with chicken liver parfait, green apple and rye; and potato and sunchoke terrine with candied walnuts and artichoke velouté. Dessert—such as a sticky toffee pudding with crème fraîche and brandy caramel—is available for an $8 supplement.
"Matt Lambert may as well be the de facto ambassador for New Zealand's bountiful cuisine," state inspectors of this Nolita restaurant. "For a chef who was raised in a country famous for its rugged terrain and affinity for game, his contemporary cuisine is surprisingly subtle and thoughtful." Open for dinner (including Sundays), options during the event include maitake with country ham and persimmon; short rib with salsify and huckleberry; and carrot upside down cake with yuzu and brown butter.
"The Asian-inspired menu is truly exciting, for [chef Thomas Chen] is a master at weaving together a surprising roster of delicious ingredients to craft a uniquely layered dish," according to inspectors of this East Village restaurant. Indulge in the snow crab with noodles, squash and dashi butter or bring a friend to share the "pig out (for two)" featuring Berkshire pork, spicy peanut noodles and condiments. End your meal with one of two dessert options, such as the beignet with goat's milk caramel, citron and ice cream.Photo courtesy of Ai Fiori/Facebook.