Ah, yes, RESTAURANT WEEK. But before you throw down $38 + tax/tip too quickly, ask yourself this: are you sure it’s worth it? $38 for a three course meal sure sounds like a deal, but for those of us on a budget, it’d be wise to remind ourselves to still choose our restaurants carefully. But alas, have no fear, for I have done all the leg work for you, yet again. Criteria is listed below, based off a similar list I crafted this past summer:
1) The Restaurant Must Serve Dinner (3 courses - $38)
$25 for lunch is great and all, but I’m not 75 years old so I really don’t have any interest in going out to eat at 1PM. Honestly, when was the last time you went out to lunch, let alone spent $25 on it?
2) The Cuisine Must Be “Worth it”*
French, Steak/Seafood, Upscale American New/Classic, Japanese
*If you’re spending $38 per person on Chinese or Mexican, you’re doing it wrong.
3) The Ratings & Atmosphere Must Be Just Right
All 5 restaurants on the list are well rated, have something unique about them and are curated to keep you warm during this Polar Vortex we’re experiencing.
Top 5 Restaurant Week Recommendations
21 Club – Classic American – 23 Zagat – Midtown – Historic Speakeasy
*Manhattan’s Most Prestigious Landmark 2006 Wine & Dine
ACME – American New - 21 Zagat – Noho - Sexy
*America’s 10 Sexiest Restaurants 2012 Details
Tavern On The Green – American – N/Y Rated – Central Park West – Classic
*Headed by noted chef Jeremiah Tower, recently renovated, in Central Park
Charlie Palmer Steak – Steakhouse – N/Y Rated – Midtown East – Fine Dining
*Surf n’ turf, locavore focus and 400+ wine list
Sarabeth’s CPW – American Comfort – 20 Zagat – Central Park South – Sophisticated Casual
*Traditional stand-by, located on CPS and has oysters on the RW app menu