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Even More of the Best NYC Winter Restaurant Week Menu Picks

Updated On 01/18/2019 at 05:11PM EST Updated On 01/18/2019 at 05:11PM EST
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21 Club | Martin Scott Powell

21 Club

Midtown West

On a not-so-recent visit to 21 Club, an older gentleman was heard loudly remarking, “Some people come here just to say they’ve been to 21.” He may have been dressed like Rich Uncle Pennybags, but time alters recollections. In the intervening years, the classic, proto-speakeasy has eased up on its formality a bit (neckties are no longer required for men, though flip-flops are still mercifully prohibited) but retained its old New York appeal. Go just to say you’ve been.
Order: The 21 Caesar salad and the Faroe Island salmon at lunch. Goat cheese ravioli, the Berkshire pork loin, and the chocolate cake tart at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.

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.
Order: The tuna and hijiki poke and the grilled 5 ounce fillet at lunch. The Champagne risotto, pulled crab ravioli, and chocolate bomb at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.

Bann Restaurant

Bann

Hell’s Kitchen

Korean barbecue at Bann is a gastronomic choose your own adventure -- the Bandersnatch of meals with (spoiler alert!) a happier ending. 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.
Order: The pork belly buns and grill-your-own salmon at lunch. The ahi tuna sashimi, grill-your-own duck breast, and banana sabayon with berries and sesame cookies at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.

Bar Primi

Bar Primi

East Village

More than 80 Italian restaurants are participating in Winter Restaurant Week, surpassing 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. Book a late lunch or an early dinner to catch happy hour at the bar from 3:30-6:30pm.
Order: Burrata cremosa, followed by paccheri with white veal bolognese at lunch. Add a chocolate panna cotta at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.

Bâtard | Daniel Krieger

Bâtard

Tribeca

Depending on the depth of your checking account, Batard’s $85 prix-fixe dinner is either a testament to Manhattan’s egalitarian high-end dining scene, or an indictment of the borough’s prohibitive luxury. On paper, it is a better deal than you’ll find at most of its Michelin-starred brethren, and Restaurant Week further expands the accessibly chic spot’s possible guestlist. Reserve on a corkage-free Monday evening and toast to the everyman with the cheapest bottle of wine you can find.
Order: The butternut squash soup, Amish chicken, and warm chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream.
Cost: $42 for dinner, Monday-Friday.

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.
Order: The crispy eggplant pizzetta, braised short ribs, and petite cupcakes
Cost: $42 for dinner, Sunday-Friday.

Bistrot Leo

Bistrot Leo

SoHo

A lot of pretty restaurants opened last year, and Bistrot Leo might just be the prettiest. It looks like the sort 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 $19, so nab these lunch and dinner discounts now.
Order: The moules marinières and croque madame at lunch; the duck terrine, coq au vin, and vanilla crème brûlée at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.

Bluebird London

Midtown West

This new 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.
Order: The pressed chicken terrine and the roasted cod at lunch. The cider cured salmon, braised duck leg, and sticky toffee pudding at dinner
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday

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.
Order: The meats
Cost: $42 for dinner, Monday-Friday.

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.
Order: The muhammara and the dukkah crusted cod at lunch. The smoked eggplant and garlic soup, braised beef cheeks, and Moroccan lemon tart at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.

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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.
Order: The butternut squash soup and the lamb neck roulade shepherd’s pie.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday

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.
Order: The Belgian endive chicory salad and the grilled chicken paillard.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday

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 weekday afternoon. Play it safe: Invite Bey.
Order: Jumbo shrimp cocktail and the roasted chicken and kale Caesar.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday

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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.
Order: The hot artichoke dip and Reuben Benedict at lunch. The devils on horseback, seared pollock, and spiced apple pie with buttermilk gelato at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.

Junoon

Junoon

Flatiron

This is another Michelin starred tasting menu to catch while it’s cheap(er). Skip the afternoon option unless you absolutely cannot make it in the evening; the RW deal is actually $1 more than the day-to-day two-course lunch prix-fixe. Instead, 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.
Order: The lal mirch ka paneer and the Malabar shrimp curry at lunch. The ghost chili murgh tikka, pork mundu chili, and Kulfi tasting at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.

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.
Order: The pork belly meatball and rice noodle soup and the sesame beef jerky and smoked chili sauce at lunch. The crispy duck legs, banana leaf steamed red snapper, and toasted coconut gelato at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.

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.
Order: The taco al pastor, roasted trout, and ricotta cheesecake.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner, Sunday-Friday.

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. Visit this rustic Italian spot before Amazon takes over the neighborhood.
Order: The burrata al tartufo, four cheese gnocchi, and Panettone bread pudding.
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner, Sunday-Friday.

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 Kathy Lee, and 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.
Order: The smoked salmon and barramundi sea bass at lunch. The sunchoke soup, hanger steak, and the chocolate layer cake with vanilla bean ice cream at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner, Monday-Friday

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.
Order: The white bean soup and pan seared salmon at lunch. The crab salad, roasted pork loin, and lemon and blueberry Pavlova at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.

Morandi | Evan Sung

Morandi

West Village

Live here long enough and you’ll develop a favorite coffee cart, subway spot, and Keith McNally restaurant. Mine was Schiller’s, until it permanently closed in 2017. But you know what? They’re all good (except for one). Each of his venues exudes a warm European vibe that stops short of the dreaded theme trap. This trattoria’s decor naturally skews more Italian than his other spots’ Parisian pulse, but you still know who’s house you’re in. In McNally world, that’s a feature -- not a bug.
Order: The breaded eggplant parmigiana and the cavatelli with baby squid ragu at lunch. The meatballs, filet of sea-bream, and tiramisu at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.

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 dozens of 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.
Order: The yellowtail sashimi and the Arctic char.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Sunday-Friday

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.
Order: The red borscht and sauteed chicken at lunch. The goat cheese and wild mushroom blinchik, beef stroganoff, and the chocolate mousse cake at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday

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.
Order: Tavern black bean soup and pan-roasted medallions of monkfish at lunch. Caramelized garlic shrimp, white wine braised beef short rib, and carrot cake at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday.

Temple Court

Temple Court

Financial District

Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court comes correct this Restaurant Week. Its menus stand out among an excess of New American offerings. You’ll choose from nine starters and eight entrees at lunch, and seven starters, eight entrees, and six desserts at dinner. You may be tempted to fight the urge to try as many places as you can this RW and make a return trip here.
Order: The chicken liver and foie gras pâté and the crispy duck confit at lunch. The foie torchon, braised lamb shoulder, and the baked Alaska at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday. $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.

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.  
Order: The salmon tartare and the pan fried chicken sandwich at lunch. The mussels, rigatoni bolognese, and the chocolate blackout cake at dinner.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Sunday-Friday. $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.