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Even More Menu Picks at the Best NYC Summer Restaurant Week Spots

Updated On 08/07/2019 at 04:01PM EST Updated On 08/07/2019 at 04:01PM EST
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 coq au vin at lunch. The house made smoked salmon, lamb Bolognese, and the strawberry sundae 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 panko dusted popcorn shrimp and the baked Atlantic cod at lunch. The mussels with chorizo, wood grilled tuna, and flourless chocolate cake 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 classic St. Regis New York Champagne risotto and the pan-roasted Skuna Bay salmon at lunch. The tuna tartare, prime beef filet mignon, and the chocolate basil lingot at dinner.

Augustine | Ron Haviv

Augustine

Financial District

Downtown New Yorkers love talking about how all Keith McNally restaurants look alike. They don’t. But they do follow a formula, because it works. This venture in the historic Beekman Hotel is appointed with the oversized mirrors, tiled walls, and golden light we’ve come to expect from his Parisianish spaces. Equally expected everyday lunch items like the steak frites, tuna niçoise, and the Augustine burger are comfort food writ lower Manhattan.
Cost: $26 for lunch Monday-Friday
Order: The salmon crudo and the steak frites.

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 dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The duck shami kebab, beef short rib curry, and the mango and rasmalai trifle.

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 lunch and and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The pork belly buns and the mixed rice bowl with veggies and optional beef, chicken, tofu, or fried egg at lunch. The tuna sashimi, Korean BBQ duck breast, and the banana custard with sesame tuile cookies 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 lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The chilled corn soup and the moules normande at lunch. The pâté d’ete, roasted pork loin and belly, and the peach caramel bavarois 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 lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The calamari fritti and the vodka sugo with prosciutto at lunch. The eggplant caponata crostino, roasted chicken, and vanilla panna cotta at dinner.

Bâtard | Daniel Krieger

Bâtard

Tribeca

Depending on the depth of your checking account, Batard’s daily $89 three-course 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.
Cost: $42 for dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The pork and chicken terrine, striped bass, and blueberry olive cake.

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 dinner Sunday-Thursday
Order: The tuna poke wonton tacos, BBQ bourbon short ribs, and the reverse chip cookies and milk.

Bistrot Leo

Bistrot Leo

SoHo

A lot of pretty restaurants opened last year, and Bistro Leo might just be the prettiest. It 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 $26, so nab these deals while you can.
Cost: $26 for lunch and $42 for dinner Sunday-Thursday
Order: The house ricotta and the grilled branzino at lunch. The salmon tartare, pork duo, and lavender creme brulee at dinner.

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 Monday-Friday and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The watermelon and tomato gazpacho and the paella risotto at lunch. The chicken liver and foie gras pate, braised short rib, and sticky toffee pudding at dinner.

Bombay Bread Bar

Soho

Less than two years after opening, Bombay Bread Bar will close its doors for good at the end of September, so this is your last chance to sample the wares in Chef Floyd Cardoz’s vibrant dining room.
Cost: $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The lamb haleem curry; chicken tikka, and the Indian donuts.

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 lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The buttermilk ricotta and warm lamb and romaine salad at lunch. The market greens salad, buttermilk fried chicken, and mini pecan pie sundae at dinner.

Churrascaria Plataforma

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 lunch and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The spicy tuna roll and the grilled mahi-mahi at lunch. The salmon belly carpaccio, hearts of palm crab cake, and the vanilla Oreo banana pudding at dinner.

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 a three-course dinner Monday-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: $26 for lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The whipped eggplant and yogurt and the lamb kefta gyro at lunch. The cucumber gazpacho, spiced short rib, and 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 lunch Monday-Friday
Order: The handcut Jersey corn ravioli and the pan-roasted skate wing.

Empellón | Evan Sung

Empellón

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’s first foray into Restaurant Week is a serviceable spot for folks stuck in Midtown without the long lunch hours necessary to travel to farther-flung locales.
Cost: $42 for dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The sticky rice tamal with red chile duck, pastrami tacos, and the chocolate flan.

Fish Cheeks | Alexa Bendek

Fish Cheeks

NoHo

Fish Cheeks is all in from cheeks to tail for its second Summer 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 manilla clams with sweet basil at lunch. The zabb wing, the crab aob woonsen, and the ice cream at dinner.

Courtesy of Freemans

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 lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The hot artichoke dip and fried chicken sandwich at lunch. The devils on horseback, pistachio crusted soft shell crab, and the banana foster 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 lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The steak tartare and the moules frites at lunch. The chicken liver pâté, steak frites, and the chocolate gateau 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 and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.  
Order: The ricotta toast and pork sausage and kale ragu at lunch. The grilled calamari, beef and ricotta meatballs, and the chocolate caramel pudding at dinner.

Il Postino

Midtown East

Named for a largely forgotten 1994 film about an unlikely bro-romp between a poet and a postman, in true writerly form, this east side restaurant offers “whatever you like” -- for a price. But there’s a limit to what one can do with pasta. Daily menu items include black linguini with lobster, risotto with radicchio, and veal scaloppine. The place is virtually begging you to test the limits of its prix-fixe.
Cost: $26 for lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The grilled calamari and the fettuccine bolognese at lunch. The eggplant parmigiana, veal scaloppine, and tiramisu 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 dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The steamed Vietnamese ravioli, shaking beef, and classic French lemon tart.

Courtesy of Junoon

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 $82
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The lal mirch ka paneer and the murgh lababdar at lunch. The ghost chili murgh tikka, pork mundu chili, and Kulfi pops 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 lunch and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The Berkshire pork belly buns and charred red snapper at lunch. The coriander crusted yellowfin tuna, grilled hanger steak lettuce wraps, and vanilla rice pudding 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 lunch and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The empanada and the huevos rancheros at lunch. The quesos flameados, fish tacos, and 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 lamb meatballs, branzino, and the panettone bread pudding.

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 lunch and $42 for dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The tomato and burrata salad, and the dorade royale at lunch. The salmon crudo, petite tender steak, and olive oil cake 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 lunch and $42 for dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The pan con tomate and the grilled tuna steak at lunch. The chilled Spanish almond soup with rock shrimp, the duck sugo, and the flourless chocolate cake at dinner.

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.
Cost: $26 for lunch and $42 for dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The chilled tomato soup and the ziti with roasted eggplant, prosciutto, and ricotta salata at lunch. The marinated shrimp, grilled half chicken, and tiramisu 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 lunch and $42 for dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The hamachi sashimi and the sushi combo at lunch. The wakasagi nanbanzuke, the sashimi combo, and the mango panna with soba crumble and fresh berries at dinner.

Narcissa

East Village

Oh man, this place. I don’t know, a person I really like and respect says this is her favorite restaurant, but she moved to LA, so there’s her judgement for ya. Narcissa is in the Standard East. It has outside. It serves fried chicken, oysters, and aged ribeye. At about $15, the cocktails are priced smack dab in the middle of Manhattan-normal. Somebody got mad at them on Yelp once, but another person had a nice time. Why not Narcissa, for the summer?
Cost: $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The fluke crudo, red snapper, and chocolate tart.

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 lunch Monday-Friday
Order: The Nobu cup sushi and the Arctic char.

Courtesy of Noreetuh Restaurant

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 dinner Sunday-Friday. 
Order: The big-eye tuna poke, braised pork belly, and the king’s Hawiian bread pudding.

Courtesy of Pig & Khao

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 lunch on Sunday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The Chinese sausage salad and the sizzling sisig at lunch. The green papaya salad, three flavor shrimp, baby back ribs, and turon 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 or meatballs, your choice of fried chicken, shrimp and grits, or curry salmon, plus a sweet treat. Save a couple bucks and a few hundred calories with the dessert-free Restaurant Week deal.
Cost: $26 for lunch Monday-Friday.
Order: Helga’s meatballs and Tillie’s curry salmon.

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 is putting it all on the line, 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: Crispy Brussels sprouts and the wiener schnitzel at lunch. Shrimp ajillo, grilled branzino, and the apple strudel at dinner.

Courtesy of Smoke Jazz & Supper Club

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 dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The classic shrimp cocktail, breaded crispy pork chop, and the macarons and eclarions.

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 lunch Monday-Friday and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The PEI mussels, and the pork belly bánh mì at lunch. The honey-glazed quail, hanger steak, and the salted caramel s’mores sundae 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 lunch and $42 for dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The grilled summer squash flatbread and the mango chicken kebabs at lunch. The watermelon, feta, and crispy prosciutto salad, pan roasted organic salmon, and the strawberry shortcake at dinner.

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 seven starters and eight entrees at lunch, and eight 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.
Cost: $26 for a two-course lunch Monday-Friday. $42 for a three-course dinner Sunday-Friday.
Order: The chicken liver pâté and the wagyu chopped steak at lunch. The smoked pork terrine, diver scallops and pork belly, and the baked Alaska at dinner.

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 lunch Monday-Friday
Order: The wagyu steak tartare and the crispy shark “tacos” -- which are wrapped in wasabi leaves instead of tortillas.

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 dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The little gem classic Caesar salad, roasted trout, and the chocolate walnut cake.

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 seared ahi tuna nicoise salad and the braised Berkshire pork belly.

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 lunch and $42 for dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The traditional Tea Room red borscht and the roasted salmon filet at lunch. The cheese and wild mushroom blinchik, boeuf a la stroganoff and the chocolate mousse cake at dinner.

The Standard Grill

Meatpacking District

Newly helmed by Rocco DiSpirito -- People magazine’s 2002 Sexiest Chef Alive -- Standard Grill is the best it’s ever been. But beware: Make even one Restaurant Week trip to this lovely spot in the shadow of the High Line and you’ll be tempted to return when it’s reverted to normal prices and the cheapest steak costs a cool $59. 
Cost: $42 for a three-course dinner Monday-Friday
Order: The wild sardines, NY strip steak, and Greenmarket strawberry shortcake.

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 lunch and $42 for dinner Sunday-Friday
Order: The shrimp cocktail and the chicken parmesan at lunch. The raw bar tasting, country fried 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. Expect light summer salads and lean proteins in crystal cube like interiors.
Cost: $31 for lunch and $50 for dinner Sunday-Friday, including gratuity 
Order: The green bean salad and rotisserie chicken at lunch. The tomato and peach gazpacho, grilled Arctic char, and double chocolate cream puff at dinner.