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Everything You Need to Order at NYC’s Best Winter Restaurant Week Spots

Updated On 01/17/2020 at 05:06PM EST Updated On 01/17/2020 at 05:06PM EST
Society Cafe
Society Cafe | Noah Fecks
21 Club | Martin Scott Powell

21 Club

Midtown West

Famously guarded by a band of 35 jockey figurines who probably come alive in the night to do and/or solve crimes, 21 Club is a kick from old New York and an education for anyone who thinks they’ve been to a speakeasy. The ur-joint boldly opened during prohibition, implemented a cartoonish hooch-concealing system of levers and pulleys, and has endured as a destination for vaguely retro dishes like shrimp cocktail, steak tartare, and filet mignon.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.
Order: The 21 Caesar salad and the roasted cod at lunch. The barbecued pork belly, half roasted chicken, and the flourless chocolate torte at dinner.

Artie’s Steak and Seafood

The Bronx

City Island is a nautical hamlet that you’d probably hear about more often weren’t for the Bronx neighborhood’s relative inaccessibility. (Gotta take a bus.) A visit here makes for a unique New York day trip. And special Restaurant Week selections from the borough’s only participating restaurant’s broad menu of fresh seafood served baked, fried, grilled, broiled, pan-roasted, or blackened are a tasty introduction to the island.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The New England clam chowder and the bronzed salmon at lunch. The mussels, crisp Long Island duckling, and the tiramisu at dinner.

Astor Court

Midtown East

The only other time you’d ever visit this ode to old money is maybe for a debutante ball. But, since those have fallen out of fashion for everyone but the most bougie among us, see how the other half wants you to think they live at the St. Regis Hotel’s Astor Court. All the atmospheric pomp is almost enough to make you forget you’re basically in a glorified Marriott.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.
Order: The roasted tomato soup and the bacon cheddar burger at lunch. The burrata and focaccia, beef tenderloin, and the Classic St. Regis cheesecake at dinner.

Baar Baar

Baar Baar

East Village

Jet-setting chef Sujan Sarkar aims to “make Indian food sexy” with his first NYC spot. Splashy decor, vibrant cocktails, and colorful plates like beetroot murabba, veal sweetbread koliwada, and beef short ribs mingle to bring Sarkar’s progressive take on modern Indian cooking to fruition.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The chili garlic prawn, gongura goat curry, and the suji halwa cake with saffron ice cream at dinner.

Bann Restaurant

Bann

Hell’s Kitchen

Korean barbecue at Bann is a gastronomic choose-your-own-adventure. This is the one place where Restaurant Week’s no booze included nuisance is a feature, not a bug: You’ll need to keep your wits about you to grill your rib eye, chicken breast, pork loin, salmon, shrimp, duck, pork belly, filet mignon, tuna, or vegetable selection to perfection right at the table. And if you do need a little liquid courage to take on the grill, Bann’s happy hour runs until 9pm at the bar.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The beef short rib dumplings and the grill-your-own salmon at lunch. The pork belly buns, grill-your-own filet mignon, and the banana sabayon at dinner.

Bar Boulud | Bill Milne

Bar Boulud

Upper West Side

Bar Boulud has a slight edge over the other Daniel Boulud properties participating in this summer’s Restaurant Week (Cafe Boulud across town, DB Bistro Moderne in Midtown, and Mediterranean Boulud Sud are also included). The day-to-day menu here includes French staples like escargots, mussels, and duck confit, the restaurant is offering reservations for both lunch, dinner, and Sundays, and you don’t have to go near Times Square to get there.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The pate du jour and the ricotta cavatelli at lunch. The escargots, steak frites, and the chocolate mousse at dinner.

Bar Primi

Bar Primi

East Village

The number of Italian restaurants participating in Summer Restaurant Week, surpasses other types of cuisine by several spaghetto. It isn’t easy to stand out among the red sauce spots and their upscale kin, but Bar Primi splits the difference between grandmom’s kitchen and a casual-cool, tablecloth-free downtown barroom.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday.
Order: The cauliflower and the spaghetti at lunch. The burrata, chicken mushroom marsala, and the ricotta panna cotta at dinner.

Beauty & Essex

Beauty and Essex

Lower East Side

This is the place to be when you tire of seeing pesky celebrities all over town. Never again will you cry, “Waiter, there’s a Mark Ruffalo in my soup,” or, “bartender, Michael Shannon stole my Sunday Times.” Hidden behind a pawn shop, odds are you’ll be the most famous person there.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The chile relleno empanadas, braised short rib, and the doughnuts with dipping sauces.

Bistrot Leo

Bistrot Leo

SoHo

Bistrot Leo looks like the kind of place where Vespa models would smoke Gauloises over moules marinières and champagne. And on almost any other day of the year, those moules alone will run you $21, so nab these deals while you can.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The French onion soup and the red prawn risotto at lunch. The pate, pork loin, and the madelines at dinner.

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Bluebird London

Midtown West

This addition to the culinary landscape at Time Warner Center (colloquially known as “the mall” among area teens) is mercifully located one floor above from the second story Sephora -- far enough away to enjoy the restaurant’s sweeping Central Park views and British bites without the scent of Acqua Di Gio knocking around your nostrils.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.
Order: The Jersey leeks and the shrimp and snapper at lunch. The grapefruit cured fluke, pork schnitzel, and the sticky toffee pudding at dinner.

Buttermilk Channel

Buttermilk Channel

Carroll Gardens

This enviable neighborhood restaurant is fashioned after a farmhouse. Not the kind of farmhouse where any work gets done -- the kind where you’d marry a Mason jar in a burlap sack. And at $40, the weekly Monday night deal featuring the fan favorite fried chicken and cheddar waffles is approaching Restaurant Week’s monetary ceiling -- so why not pay the extra two bucks and try your luck at the special prix fixe at your leisure?
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday. 
Order: The red lentil soup and the fried chicken sandwich at lunch. The bone marrow toast, fried chicken, and mini pecan pie sundae at dinner.

Catch NYC

Meatpacking District

Popularized by people who get scammed trying to buy Fashion Week tickets on Craigslist and television’s Harvey Levin, Catch is the west side’s bloated answer to Beauty and Essex, but fishier. Daily menu items include poke bowls, lobster rolls, and ‘80s-era seafood towers.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Sunday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday. 
Order: The spicy tuna hellfire roll and the tuna poke bowl at lunch. The salmon belly carpaccio, steamed mussels, and the fresh baked cookies at dinner.

Churrascaria Plataforma

Churrascaria Plataforma

Hell’s Kitchen

Even in a veritable smorgasbord of dining deals, this Brazilian steakhouse’s menu shines. Take your favorite aspiring Joey Chestnut and sample the all-you-can-eat salad bar cornucopia if you must, but save room for tableside slices of steak, pork, chicken, and lamb. Passion fruit or chocolate mousse is included for dessert, if you make it that far.
Cost: $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The meats.

Claudette

Claudette

Greenwich Village

Claudette is a terrific place to wear a white turtleneck. It looks like it was designed by Diane Keaton in a Nora Ephron film about a moneyed, divorced restaurateur’s second act. It’s bright, airy, and appointed with tasteful curios that neither clutter nor collect dust. The pale, beachy interior betrays the kitchen’s vibrant, beautifully plated French/Moroccan dishes. Take someone’s mom; she’ll love it.
Cost: $36 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday. 
Order: The kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts salad and the lamb kefta gyro at lunch. The strip steak brochette, Claudette cassoulet, and the Moroccan lemon tart at dinner.

Cut by Wolfgang Puck | Antonio Diaz

Cut by Wolfgang Puck

Financial District

Gather ‘round New Yorkers, transplants, and transient undergrads, and take a blast to the past, when denizens of Gotham embraced and, rumor has it, even enjoyed a dining genre then known as California Cuisine. It was mostly just arugula with a spritz of lemon, but Wolfgang Puck greatly improved upon the genre. Raid your local thrift store for early ‘90s garb and enjoy some of the best of the West right here on the only coast that matters.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday.
Order: The winter chicory salad and the pan roasted Montauk market fish.

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Empellon

Midtown East

Alex Stupak’s massive Madison Avenue flagship turns out fast, fun takes on tacos (tortillas are filled with thick-cut bacon, pastrami, or hash browns) for office workers by day, and for theater-goers by night. Stupak’s third restaurant is a serviceable spot for folks stuck in Midtown without the long lunch hours necessary to travel to farther-flung locales.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.
Order: The masa stuffed clams, pastrami tacos, and the lime curd.

Fish Cheeks | Alexa Bendek

Fish Cheeks

NoHo

Fish Cheeks is all in from cheeks to tail for Winter Restaurant Week. Daily menu items include grilled pork cheeks, crab fried rice, and grilled, steamed, or fried fish.
Cost: $26 for lunch and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The shrimp sao nahm and the crab aob woonsen at lunch. The zaab wings and the tiger prawn karee at dinner.

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Freemans

Lower East Side

Freemans used to be cool, and now it’s nice, and both are valid things to be. The alley it calls home that once seemed “hidden” to recent NYC transplants is now nearly as well-worn as the Bowery nearby. The rustic, taxidermy-heavy decor that felt edgy-adjacent over a decade ago now reads as quaint, and the place still feels special without the appearance of requiring a password for access.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The hot artichoke dip and the fried fish sandwich at lunch. The five cheese macaroni, pan seared mahi mahi, and the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream at dinner.

French Louie | Amy Lombard

French Louie

Boerum Hill

Maybe because it’s a little closer to Manhattan than sister space Buttermilk Channel, French Louie feels every block of that 1.3 miles more cosmopolitan. The adult crowd skews a bit younger and children are more noticeably out of place here, or otherwise presumed spoiled. Daily menu items include duck au poivre, and brick pressed chicken.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The chicken liver pate and the french dip at lunch. The tuna tartare, steak frites, and the bananas Foster profiteroles at dinner.

Hearth

Hearth

East Village

The Hearth of yore is dead; long-live Hearth nouveau! When proprietor Marco Canora eschewed excessive heavy cream and life-affirming butter for the blessedly short-lived bone broth trend of 2014, he set a pack of snake-oil salesmen on New York. But Canora’s grown-up East Village venture prevailed. Hearth still maximises gnocchi, meatballs, and pork milanese while minimising oxidised fats, chemical pesticides, and artificial sweeteners. Revisit this old familiar for a Restaurant Week prix-fixe if it’s been a while.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Sunday. $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Thursday. 
Order: The escarole salad and prosciutto and egg sandwich at lunch. The broccoli soup, beef and ricotta meatballs, and the chocolate olive oil cake at dinner.

Indochine

NoHo

Rhymes with "it’s a scene," Indochine has stayed buzzy in its spot near Astor Place since the ‘80s. Celebrities pop by for spicy squid, Chilean sea bass, and lotus salad. You won’t see any hiding amid the jungly wallpaper during Restaurant Week, but this is the sort of place people think they need to dress up for, so everyone will look nice enough.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The steamed Vietnamese ravioli, shaking beef, and the French lemon tart.

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Junoon

Flatiron

This is another Michelin-starred tasting menu to catch while it’s cheap(er). Book a table in the ornately designed dining room at dinnertime for a taste of the inventive three-course Indian meal that typically runs $75.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The basil chicken tikka and the monkfish curry at lunch. The scallop shorba, chicken korma, and the pistachio mousse cake at dinner.

Khe-Yo | Michael Condran

Khe-Yo

Tribeca

Amid the myriad Italian, French, and American winter Restaurant Week menus, Khe-Yo is the solitary Laotian offering -- and one of only a few of its kind citywide. The restaurant prix fixe is an excellent introduction to the underrepresented regional cuisine. One visit any you’ll be tempted to return for the pig head special.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The banana flower salad and the wok fried glass noodles and Jonah crab at lunch. The crispy duck leg buns, banana leaf wrapped black bass, and the toasted coconut gelato at dinner.

La Loteria

West Village

Named for the Mexican game of chance, La Loteria better hope it never runs afoul of the health department, because, oh boy, the headlines would write themselves. Just kidding, La Loteria, we see your winning, ‘A’ letter grade. You’re great. Double down on the Restaurant Week deal here by booking your reservation on a Margarita Monday, when it’s happy hour on Margos all day, or on a Sunday, when bottles of wine are half-off.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The empanada and the carnitas tacos at lunch. The quesos flameados, enchiladas, and the churros at dinner.

Maiella

Long Island City

The best views of the city are from outside of Manhattan, and Maiella has one of them -- plus the “Cola” half of Queens’ landmarked Pepsi sign. The lengthy everyday dinner menu includes grilled octopus, pan-seared duck, veal parmesan, and many pastas.
Cost: $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The grilled jumbo shrimp, gnocchi, and the Nutella panna cotta at dinner.

Manhatta

Financial District

On paper, Manhatta’s deal is a few more dollars than most Restaurant Week participants. Two courses will run you $31 (gratuity included) at lunch time. But, perched on the 60th floor of a lower Manhattan highrise, it has some of the best views in New York City. 
Cost: $31 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday.
Order: The chicken liver pate and the skirt steak.

Michael's NYC

Michael’s

Midtown West

Once a who’s who of who’s that, this current who’s who of who’s that is best for your visiting aunt who looooves the Today show plaza. (Who doesn’t; Hoda’s irrepressible.) Catch all your favorite newspaper columnists expensing cobb salads, black truffle pizzas, and grilled branzino while print still exists.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.
Order: The smoked salmon and the tagliatelle at lunch. The potato-leek soup, branzino, and the citrus cheesecake with raspberry sorbet at dinner.

Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar

Midtown East

This 1930s-era good time joint was given new life when 1980s-era good time journalist Graydon Carter took over in 2009. It didn’t take long after the transfer of power for the place to be revealed as a transparent den of ego and elite nepotism. Carter’s clubhouse was criticized for saving the best tables for his pals and hangers-on -- driving the plebes to beg for a spot via email ether. Today, Monkey Bar and places like it have the cover of ubiquitous online reservation platforms to normalize this practice: So now’s your chance! Bring your manuscript.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.
Order: The grilled pear and endive and the swordfish at lunch. The roasted garlic and potato soup, pork loin, and warm brownie sundae at dinner.

Morimoto

Morimoto

Meatpacking District

Restaurant Week was invented for places like this. No daily dinner menu appetizer and main combination at Morimoto totals less than $45, and it wouldn’t really be worth recommending over equally spendy Japanese joints at its day-to-day prices. Now’s your chance to try this Iron Chef spawn for a song.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.
Order: The steamed gyoza and the sashimi combo at lunch. The chicken yakitori, sushi combo, and the azuki panna cotta at dinner.

Nobu Downtown

Nobu Downtown

Financial District

Food here’s supposed to be good, but people mostly go because they think they’re gonna get discovered by De Niro. Listen, you aren’t. The actor-turned movie-appearer turned-restaurateur is actually a very shy person, not to mention casting is a totally different job. And Nobu has 39 restaurants worldwide, you think De Niro has time to flit around them all? He’s got Fockers to meet. Reserve anyway: Nobu’s lunch prix-fixe is usually $35.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday.
Order: The tuna sashimi salad and the arctic char with kabocha squash risotto.

noreetuh | Cole Saladino/Thrillist

noreetuh

East Village

Say Aloha to noreetuh, a Hawaiian restaurant so easy-breezy it doesn’t capitalize its name -- which means “playground” in Korean. Noreetuh’s regular menu includes dishes like pork jowl musubi, big-eye tuna poke, and spicy spam. Book on a corkage-free Sunday, bring a $4, 4-pack of wine, and win Restaurant Week.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday. 
Order: The big-eye tuna poke, braised pork belly, and the King’s Hawiian bread pudding.

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PIG & KHAO

Lower East Side

Whoa-ho-ho, THIS place means BUSINESS with the CAPS. Caps on the signage, caps on the menu, caps on the web site, P&K is shoutin’ all the time and we love it. The space, the decor, and the flavors are all loud at this Thai/Filipino mashup. PIG & KHAO’s day-to-day dinner menu includes BBQ baby back ribs, Hainanese duck, and sizzling pork head with chili.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Sunday and $42 for a four-course dinner Sunday-Friday. 
Order: The green papaya salad and the sizzling corned beef hash at lunch. The grilled pork jowl, three flavor shrimp, Malaysian fried chicken, and the halo-halo at dinner.

Red Rooster

Harlem

So many celebu-chef restaurants cater to Times Square’s metastasizing tourists, but this one thrives in an actual NYC neighborhood. Red Rooster’s daily prix-fixe is $29 for salad, meatballs, or deviled eggs, your choice of fried chicken or shrimp and grits, plus a sweet treat. Save a couple bucks and a few hundred calories with the dessert-free Restaurant Week deal.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday.
Order: The Helga’s meatballs and the hot honey yardbird.

Schilling

Financial District

Some restaurants seem to participate in Restaurant Week grudgingly. Spots known for their fondue, paneer, or saganaki might present prix fixe menus of Duane Reade sandwiches and chewing gum, instead. This downtown Austrian restaurant comes correct, offering the wiener schnitzel on its lunch and dinner menus. Try to grab a seat near the big, open windows, or make a new friend at the communal table.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.
Order: The vegan seasonal soup and the wiener schnitzel at lunch. The carpaccio, branzino, and the apple strudel at dinner.

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Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

Upper West Side

With varying entry fees and drink minimums the other 48 weeks of the year, Restaurant Week is the best time to experience Smoke. Dinner and a show at RW prices in a legacy jazz locale is a steal of a deal. Hear live music every night over bites from a seasonal menu. Reserve Monday-Thursday to avoid an additional Friday night music charge.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The ham and cheese croquettes, Cajun lobster bouillabaisse, and the macarons and eclairons.

Society Cafe | Noah Fecks

Society Cafe

Greenwich Village

Hotel restaurants can be tricky -- do they aim to please a mélange of guests from disparate places, resulting in an ultimately placeless homogeneity, or do they capture the essence of the city? Named in a nod to a nightclub of Village yesteryear, and incorporating ingredients from the Union Square Green Market, Society Cafe seems to fit in just fine. Daily menu items include pasta, pizzas, and all manner of protein.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday. 
Order: The PEI mussels and the pastrami on rye at lunch. The scallop crudo, 12-hour short ribs, and the carrot cake at dinner.

Tavern on the Green

Tavern on the Green

Central Park

You’re not gonna plan a trip to Tavern on the Green any sooner than you’d plan a trip to the Empire State Building or Statue of Liberty. When’s the last time you’d even thought of Tavern on the Green? Maybe it doesn’t even exist, maybe this is all a ploy to lure you to Central Park and steal your jewels. Have a lark and make a reservation at this perennial throwback. Day-to-day menu items include a salmon burger, warm duck confit salad, and rack of lamb.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday. 
Order: The grilled portobello mushroom flatbread and the pan roasted monkfish medallions at lunch. The caramelized shrimp, braised short rib, and the New York cheesecake at dinner.

The Clocktower

Flatiron

Are we in the throes of throwback to the British Invasion of the ‘60s? Probably not, but this Michelin starred import from across the pond’s modern take on UK cuisine is poised to set trends like the Fab Four. Dine under framed photos of cultural icons before you swing by the pool room for a rousing round of post-lunch billiards.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday.
Order: The Hudson Valley foie gras and the cod.

The Dutch | Gabbie Reade

The Dutch

SoHo

Every restaurant that purports to hold tables for walk-ins is really just holding those tables for Beyoncé. The break-in-case-of-Beyoncé tables. Beyoncé’s not coming, guys! The Dutch has been hoppin’ since opening its doors in 2011, and the pace has seldom slowed. If you’ve yet to make it in, take advantage of their Restaurant Week deal on a sleepy summer weekday afternoon. Play it safe: Invite Bey.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday.
Order: The jumbo shrimp cocktail and the rigatoni with duck bolognese.

The Library at the Public | Noah Fecks

The Library at the Public

NoHo

Although it’s open to all, The Library looks and feels like the most welcoming private club in town. The comfortable space’s sprawling banquettes are perfectly suited to to striking up a conversation with an actor/musician/writer/neighborhood curmudgeon who won’t shut up about himself, but leaves you with warm feelings nonetheless. Catch a show at the adjacent theater while you’re there.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The Greek salad, fish and chips, and the chocolate walnut cake.

The Bar Room at The Modern

Midtown East

An ordinary six-course dinner at the Michelin-starred The Modern is $188 per person. The optional wine pairing is $138. So don’t scoff too loud at the adjacent The Bar Room at The Modern’s higher than typical RW prices. Try to nab a reservation for dinner, when three courses will run $50 and the optional wine pairing is a relative steal at $38.
Cost: $31 for a two-course lunch Sunday-Friday and $50 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday. Gratuity is included. 
Order: The tomato soup and mozzarella grilled cheese sandwich and the herb stuffed chicken at lunch. The shaved Brussels sprouts, charred black bass, and the pavlova at dinner.

The Morgan Dining Room

Murray Hill

The Morgan Library’s tasteful, sparsely appointed restaurant feels like the venue for a second or third wedding. The seating is close enough pass for communal, the atmosphere is quietly contented, and there is no dance floor.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday. 
Order: The pierpont salad and the hanger steak.

Russian Tea Room

The Russian Tea Room

Midtown West

The Russian Tea Room is like a toddler in high heels or a cat in a tuxedo -- affecting elegance to hilarious effect. Whether the former expat hangout earned its place in NYC restaurant canon in spite of, or because of its garish decor is up to interpretation. They have a 15-foot glass bear. It’s juggling. And it’s all just such a delight, go drink some vodka during the day.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday. 
Order: The borscht and the salmon at lunch. The goat cheese and wild mushroom blinchik, beef stroganoff, and the chocolate mousse cake at dinner.

The Writing Room

Upper East Side

The name and decor are a little on the nose for a place that occupies former literati haunt Elaine’s, but an homage is an homage, baby. The theme here hangs heavy -- leaning hard on books more carefully arranged you’d find in than any ink-stained wretch’s actual workspace, and framed photos of the sort of folks who used to fill the space with braggadocio -- but it’s a great place for an erudite Instagram post. On the internet, nobody knows you’re not a writer.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday. 
Order: The chopped salad and the cheeseburger at lunch. The PEI mussels, rotisserie chicken, and the chocolate blackout cake at dinner.

Untitled | Peter Garritano

Untitled

Meatpacking District

A museum restaurant by any other name would have sounded stupid. What if they’d called this thing Café Terrace at Night, we’d have to close New York. Plan your trip to Untitled for a Friday, when entry to the Whitney Museum of American Art is free from 7-10pm.
Cost: $31 for a two-course lunch Sunday-Friday. Gratuity is included. 
Order: The beet Waldorf salad and the roasted and fried chicken cobb salad. 

Wayan | Cole Saladino/Thrillist

Wayan

Nolita

One of NYC’s best new restaurants of 2019, this is Wayan’s first Restaurant Week. Chef Cedric Vongerichten’s Indonesian-French spot is already popular enough (read: hard to land a table) most nights, so it’s probably best for everyone that they’re keeping the deal to lunchtime.
Cost: $26 for lunch Monday-Friday. 
Order: The salmon sashimi and the duck stir fried rice.