NYC Restaurant Week: Winter Redux is the latest in a culinary franchise that started way back in 1992. It’s the faithful reboot frugal gourmands celebrate twice each year. Starting on January 9, you can start booking tables at more than 365 restaurants for reservations from January 21 through February 8. That’s over a year’s worth of $26 two-course lunch and $42 three-course dinner options to squeeze into just 18 days. There are participating restaurants in every borough, but, once again, the overwhelming majority is in Manhattan. (Brooklyn has eight, Queens has two, and the Bronx and Staten Island have one each.)
In spite of the homogenous geography, it’s still a chore to choose from the French, Italian, New American, Indian, Korean, Austrian, Mediterranean, Spanish, Modern European, New American, Latin American, Traditional American, Mexican, Australian, Brazilian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, African, Vietnamese, Greek, Laotian, Asian Fusion, Hawaiian, Pan-Asian, Southern, British, and Continental, and eclectic options on offer. The best way in is to try something new, pick a place you wouldn’t otherwise shell out for on a no-occasion night out, and keep this list of the best of the best somewhere handy. And as always, make this your NYC restaurant week mantra: tax, tip, and drinks not included.