More than 250 restaurants are participating in this year NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2017, from July 24 to August 18. The event that celebrates the cheap and fine dining will feature restaurants offering three-course pre-fixe dining deals, for lunch ($29) and dinner ($42). NYCRWS 2017 will also introduce some top-notch hotel restaurants, a few of the city’s best fine-dining places and great old favorites, serving cheap eats.
Here’s Dial 7’s take of the most interesting 11 restaurants that you can’t miss!
Barbounia is an oasis of modern Mediterranean cuisine, influenced by the food and cultures of Greece, Southern France, Morocco and Southern Italy combined with a beautiful chic ambiance and a welcoming staff. Under the direction of Partners Alon Jibli and David Sasson, the restaurant is said to “move into Manhattan’s top tier of Mediterranean’s” as stated eloquently by Bob Lape of Crain’s. Barbounia is open daily for lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch.
For lovers of pork—and of meat in general—the owners of the Michelin-starred The Spotted Pig offer up a hearty, meat-centric British menu that embraces “nose-to-tail” cuisine methodologies at their new Flatiron District gastro-pub. Along with handmade terrines and sausages, executive chef April Bloomfield offers up braised shin of beef with polenta and black cabbage; stuffed pig’s foot (for two); chargrilled lamb burger with cumin mayo and thrice-cooked chips; and smoked pork belly (for two).
Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin) are the golden-touch team behind The John Dory Oyster Bar. The earlier, more formal incarnation of John Dory was in Chelsea; this version is snazzy and relaxed. Rather than full-blown meals, the menu concentrates on small plates, including an extensive raw bar, oysters Rockefeller, burrata with trout caviar and oyster pan roast with uni crostini. Expert cocktails via Sasha Petraske (Milk & Honey) and wines on tap are highlights of the beverage program. The basement kitchen offers a chef’s table that can seat 12.
Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield and her partner Ken Friedman welcome guests to their Murray Hill taqueria and cantina, featuring a menu influenced by international cuisines. The fun decor and creative cocktail program at Salvation Taco match the bold flavors that April has created with her spin on traditional Mexican cuisine.
For more than 80 years, the Russian Tea Room has been a second home for boldface names and intellectual elite, an enclave where actors, artists, writers, politicians and businesspeople plan deals and fete their Carnegie Hall performer friends. Today, it retains the best of its history, architecture and authentic Russian cuisine while integrating culinary classics with modern continental fare. Two upper floors offer glamorous venues for private celebrations and corporate functions, accommodating 10–800 guests for cocktails or meals. The famous red booths, antique samovars, 15-foot bear aquarium and 20-foot golden tree with Venetian glass eggs combine for a unique experience.
Bobby Van’s holds a miniature empire of steak in New York, with three locations in Midtown and one in the Financial District. Loyal regulars swear by the consistently well-chosen cuts of steak, plump lobsters and gracious service (in a food niche known for grumpy waiters). You can lighten the load with an extensive list of seafood appetizers, from crabmeat cocktails to baked clams.
With made-to-order guacamole, brick-oven-roasted seafood and an eager and knowledgeable waitstaff, the cozy Toloache is a charming little slice of Mexico off Times Square. Mexican-born chef Julian Medina (formerly of Pampano and Zocalo) also cooks up something more than just traditional Mexican food—expect occasional doses of foie gras in the mix.
In business since 1837, Delmonico’s Restaurant revolutionized the way we eat out: these guys literally invented eggs Benedict, lobster Newberg and baked Alaska, among other now-standards, and changed the face of fine dining in early America. The financial district location looks exactly like you’d expect from an old-school steak house—deep hues, dark woods and understated opulence in which to enjoy the huge Delmonico rib-eye and the Parmesan creamed spinach.
Located near Rockefeller Center, Ted’s Montana Grill offers an upscale dining experience that has the flair of the Old West. Unique bison entrées, like bison short ribs, Ted’s Filet and bison bone-in ribeye, are some of the highlights of the restaurant’s American cuisine. Fresh seafood, gourmet burgers and classic entrées are also delicious choices during lunch and dinner. The restaurant has an extensive wine list and hosts a happy hour 3–7pm daily.
La Loteria is a new take on authentic Mexican cuisine from celebrity chef Julieta Ballesteros. The West Village eatery features an exciting and surprising mix of Mexican recipes ranging from the deliciously elemental “street” taco to the luscious lobster quesadilla.
Located in Midtown Manhattan near the Theatre District, Kellari features traditional Greek cuisine, as well as the largest selection of Greek wines in any restaurant in the United States. They also cater private and corporate events. Menu standouts include numerous types of freshly caught fish grilled on charcoal and served whole, as well as grilled lamb chops and a selection of Greek savory appetizers. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne on birthdays and anniversaries.
For more restaurants or information on how to make a reservation visit each restaurant website or www.nycgo.com.