Right now, the easiest, most affordable way to up your dining game is to make a reservation at one—or several—of the 10 Michelin-starred restaurants participating in NYC Restaurant Week.
Running from January 21 through February 8, 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 more than 380 restaurants showcasing the variety of cuisines that make up New York City's restaurant landscape.
View the participating 10 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 house-made duck pâté, cranberry, pickles, pecan and toasted bread; red wine-braised short ribs with polenta and glazed root vegetables; and a semifreddo of milk chocolate mousse, cardamom and salted caramel gelato.
This TriBeCa favorite is offering the discounted meal at dinner. "Dishes are very precise and 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 Ora King salmon tartare with forbidden rice, sesame and shiso; tagliatelle in a Berkshire pork ragù; and Paris-Brest with lemon meringue and crème fraîche ice cream.
"Taking its cue from classic French cuisine, Daniel Boulud’s refined vision of food and beverage at the Surrey hotel is comprised of two spaces: the jewel box known as Bar Pleiades and this elegant, appealingly understated restaurant." The weekday lunch special includes dishes such as cauliflower velouté with parsley gremolata and toasted almonds, and what appears to be a classic beef bourguignon with pommes purée. You can add dessert for an additional $5 if you want to sample the upside down cake, guava cheesecake mousse or chocolate torte.
"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 bacalao croquetas
with orange aioli; sobrasada
with honeycomb and quince mermelada
; and oxtail with piquillos. There are also wine pairings available for those that can enjoy a leisurely afternoon following their meal.
"Whether you’re hosting family, entertaining clients or just out with friends, this is a restaurant where you know you don’t have to worry about it matching up to your hopes and expectations." So if you're looking for a spot for weekday lunch, head here for ceviche with compressed pineapple, radish, citrus and aji dolce, or pan roasted chicken with buttercup squash, orzo, wild mushroom and chicken jus. Need something sweet to end the meal? Add one of three dessert options, such as chocolate cake with salted almond ice cream, for an additional $7.
The newly-minted Michelin-starred restaurant Tuome is participating in NYC Restaurant Week. (Photo by Kathryn Sheldon.)
This Manhattan Indian restaurant is participating in all of the meal options available for Restaurant Week. "The talented kitchen is particularly adept at bringing out contrasting flavors and textures in myriad dishes," per inspectors. For the event, this will translate into items such as eggplant chaat
with crispy eggplant, raita, tamarind chutney, red onion and chaat masala; and decolonized poussin featuring sous vide chicken, tomato cream sauce, fenugreek and pickled onion.
"The words 'fun,' 'sensual' and 'vegetarian' aren't always found in the same sentence, but this vegetable-centric restaurant shows what can happen if preconceptions and piousness are left at the front door." Chefs John Fraser and Garrett Eagleton are offering an array of meat-free (many of which are vegan) options for weekday lunch, such as chestnut soup with wild mushrooms and sherry; tandoor-roasted beets with bulgur salad, horseradish cream and dill; and shiitake "cacio e pepe" with haricots verts and creamy polenta.
"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 marinated yellowtail, seaweed custard, bonito gelée, spring onion and ginger salad; "shepherd's pie" with lamb neck roulade, caramelized celery root purée, puff pastry crust and toasted breadcrumbs; and Parmesan risotto with roasted hazelnuts and mascarpone.
"New Zealander Matt Lambert appears to be on a mission to debunk some stereotypes and defy a few expectations about his homeland," 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, options during the event include quail with blackberry, bread sauce and roasted onion; smoked ricotta dumplings with butternut squash and sage; and pavlova with freeze dried strawberry, passionfruit and cream.
"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 newly-minted Michelin-starred restaurant in the East Village. Indulge in the wagyu beef tartare with two-hour yolk and black sesame crisp or bring a friend to share the "pig out (for two)" featuring Berkshire pork, spicy peanut noodle and condiments. End your meal with one of two dessert options, such as the beignet with goat's milk caramel, citron and ice cream.Hero image courtesy of Junoon.