The holidays are over but for foodies, the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner ... New York City Restaurant Week. This sumptuous season kicks off Jan. 24 and goes through Feb. 6, excluding Saturdays.
This is a great way to try some of the city’s top culinary hot spots for a fraction of the price. During this time nearly 300 restaurants will offer fixed-price lunches for $24.07 per person and dinners for $35 each (excluding tax and tip).
The limited fixed-price menus (also called prix fixe) usually include an appetizer, a main course and a dessert, though this varies by establishment. Participating restaurants are usually announced a couple of weeks beforehand so get ready to make reservations. The trendiest eateries book up quickly.
Check out Travelocity’s Restaurant Week deal -- guests booking rooms at select hotel with an American Express Card will get an additional $75 off any stay of $250 or more. As an added bonus, get exclusive early access to the NYC Restaurant Week reservation system.
After a big feast you’ll need a place to rest. Here are some centrally-located hotels to consider:
- The city-wide Affinia sale includes the Affinia Shelburne -- right at that hotel is Rare Bar & Grill. Grab a juicy burger and a side of truffle fries. Book a stay by Jan. 10.
- The Park South serves breakfast to guests of the hotel at their in-house pub, the Black Duck. The restaurant scored high marks from Zagat in 2011 for its creative bistro fare, including espresso-rubbed filet mignon. A few blocks away is Hill Country, a mouthwatering BBQ restaurant. Be sure to try the brisket. Or head five blocks north to Artisanal Bistro, where its renowned cheeses taste best melted together in the sinfully rich artisanal blend cheese fondue. Book a room by Jan. 12.
- The Manhattan Club is not far from the Norma’s at the upscale Parker Meridien hotel. Breakfast is served all day so make sure to try their amazing breakfast quesadilla. Guests can also head one block west to Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, where the windows are cluttered with celebrity headshots and the award-winning tomato sauce tastes best when served uninterrupted on a simple pile of spaghetti.
- A short walk from the Fitzpatrick Manhattan is Tao -- featuring upscale Asian cuisine with a clever twist. Make sure to finish your meal with the zen parfait. It’s nirvana in a bowl. Book a room by Jan. 12.
- Stay at the classy Benjamin Hotel in Midtown home to The National restaurant, featuring a modern bistro menu by famed chef Geoffrey Zakarian. We’re fans of the oysters that are served with a flavorful apple ginger mignonette. The hotel offer ends Jan. 10.
- Stay at the hip Empire Hotel on the Upper West Side and you’ll be just a short walk from a New York City institution -- PJ Clarke’s. Make sure to get something from the Raw Bar to start and cap it off with a fresh-made apple cobbler (a la mode, of course!). Book a stay by Jan. 7.
- After waking up at the Gramercy Hotel, walk five blocks south to Friend of a Farmer for eggs that taste fresh from the coop. Brunch highlights include Eggs Benedict, thick bacon, and hot, homemade bread and muffins. Book a room by Jan. 10.
- In the heart of bustling Times Square is the Room-Mate Grace hotel, the only hotel in Manhattan with a swimming pool in the lobby. One of our favorite nearby nosh spots is the aquatic-themed blue fin. The seafood it great, especially the sesame crusted big eye tuna with shiitake mushrooms. Book a stay by Jan. 16.
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Note: Participation and menus are subject to change.