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Tips for NYC Restaurant Week

January 16th, 2019 | The Flavors of New York

In less than a week, some of New York’s best restaurants will open their doors to kick off the NYC Restaurant Week. This culinary event will run from January 21 to February 8, 2019, and represents a unique opportunity to try new atmospheres, sophisticated wine lists and innovative cuisine. Take full advantage of the offerings by following these tips.

NYC Restaurant Week in a Nutshell

The winter edition of the NYC Restaurant Week offers 2-course lunch at $26 and 3-course dinner starting at $42 in participating restaurants in New York from Monday to Friday, and Sunday. Prices exclude drinks, taxes and gratuity. This is your chance to scout the hottest restaurants in the city and try out new ones. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

Book your Table After the First Week or on Sunday

It may be hard to find tables at the most popular restaurants on any given day. However, many people make their reservations for the first week only… And they ignore the rest of the weeks! Sundays are good days to book dinner, as most people are seeking brunch options.

chef-holding-a-dessert-plate-with-elegant-decorationBrowse Through the Restaurant Collections

Having over 300 restaurants to choose from can be overwhelming. That’s why NYC Restaurant Week grouped various restaurants in “collections” that focus on different characteristics, such as cuisine, ambiance, special features, etc.

For example, on a cold day you may want to try a restaurant with a fireplace, featured in the “Fireside Feasts” collection. Businesspeople can grab lunch at one of the restaurants listed in the “Expense It” collection. “Best Kept Secrets” features slightly lesser known eateries. You get the idea!

Choose Lunch Over Dinner

If you’re still having a hard time finding a table for your chosen restaurant, opt for lunch instead of dinner. Typically, dinner reservations are in higher demand than lunch. Keep in mind that some restaurants only offer lunch menus!

Check the Menus Before You Go

Most restaurants upload their menus to the NYCgo website or their own website. Simply look for “NYC Restaurant Week Menu” to consult the options available. That’s a great way to find out about any extra charges before you make your reservation. Keep in mind that the menus don’t include beverages, however, for an extra $15–$25, most restaurants pair their dishes with wines or cocktails.

For more tips on what to do in New York this winter, follow the Royalton New York blog!