Publication date January 19, 2024
When & Where to Feast: The Ultimate NYC Restaurant Week 2024 Guide
Remember that time you snagged reservations at that fancy Michelin-starred restaurant for, like, half the price? Yeah, that was NYC Restaurant Week magic! Well, guess what? The culinary goodness is finally back!
Source: Eater San Diego
From January 16th to February 4th, get ready to feast your way through the city’s best restaurants for a fraction of the usual price.
Hundreds of restaurants are offering incredible prix-fixe menus, from cozy Italian trattorias to trendy rooftop bars with stunning views. And it's not just about the food (although let's be real, the food is AMAZING). You can also get sweet deals on Broadway shows, museums, and other fun activities as part of NYC's "Winter Outing" festivities. Talk about a win-win!
In this guide, I'll be your personal Restaurant Week 2024 sherpa, guiding you through all the necessary things you need to know, from dates and times to reservation tips and the top 9 restaurants you absolutely must try!
What is Restaurant Week in NYC?
Restaurant Week was first started in 1992 by Tim Zagat and Jow Baum as a one-week, lunch-only promotional program to encourage those who were in town for that year’s Democratic National Convention to engage with local businesses. Today, Restaurant Week is bi-annual and has seen numerous cities nationwide participate in similar events including popular Chicago Restaurant Week and Charlotte Restaurant Week 2024.
New York City Restaurant Week comes twice a year, in summer and winter, and each version lasts about a month. Restaurants create their menus and produce prix fixe selections for brunch, lunch, dinner, and sometimes all three especially for these days. Saturdays are formally excluded and Sundays are optional, so expect regular menu prices at those times unless otherwise stated. Last summer Restaurant Week’s $30, $45, and $60 price tiers for two- and three-course specials have returned for winter Restaurant Week, 2024.
When is Restaurant Week in NYC?
Winter Restaurant Week 2024, returns from January 16 through February 4, so it’s a perfect time for you to make reservations and enjoy prix-fixe dining at participating restaurants citywide. You can have 2-course lunches and 3-course dinners at $30, $45, and $60 at participating restaurants citywide.
What restaurants are participating in NYC Restaurant Week?
Over 600 restaurants are participating in NYC Restaurant Week 2024, spread across all five boroughs! I know that's a lot to choose from, that’s why here I compiled a list of 9 top New York City restaurants that you should definitely check out:
1. Kintsugi Omakase
Source: Open Table
This sushi place tucked away in Soho offers elegant omakase at the 10-seat counter. For restaurant week, the restaurant offers a 12-course prix fixe menu for $60 per person with an optional seasonal sake beverage pairing for an additional $35 per person. Their menu may change with seasonal availability but some items may include smoked Spanish mackerel, Hokkaido scallop, Alaska black cod, and much more.
Official Website: Kintsugi Omakase
KYU is an Asian-inspired, wood-fired BBQ restaurant set to offer a 3-course dinner and Sunday brunch. Plant-based options and an “On the Wagon” non-alcoholic cocktail list are also available. Their must-try plates include Korean fried chicken, roasted cauliflower, and mom’s coconut cake. Their dishes are equally as stylish, but actually taste as good as they look.
Official Website: KYU
Source: Vestry NYC
If you’re looking for a Michelin-starred meal this Winter Restaurant Week, head to Chef Shaun Hergatt’s SoHo hotspot. Their appetizer options include grilled hen of the woods mushroom, celeriac soup, salmon crudo, or braised pork belly. For entrees, customers have options of sweet garlic-marinated shrimp, wild mushroom risotto, or Imperial Wagyu beef for a supplemental charge. Vestry’s dessert options include Chef Shaun’s famous cheesecake, coconut tapioca, or chocolate mousse.
Official Website: Vestry NYC
4. Casa Bond
Source: Open Table
This stylish, new Mexican restaurant focuses on the best regional dishes from the mountains of Quintana Roo to the Pacific Coast. Casa Bond, Bowery’s newest Mexican restaurant will offer a dinner menu highlighting its chic and spicy cuisine. Their options include a quesadilla Verde with spinach-jalapeño-epazote and cremini mushrooms, cochinita pibil, and panuchos yucatecos topped with pollo pibil, pickled red onions and habanero.
Official Website: Casa Bond
The recently reopened classic restaurant is offering weekday lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner to customers. You can enjoy some of Delmonico’s most iconic dishes including the chopped wedge salad, yellowtail crudo, Chicken a la Keene, and of course steaks. Their Signature Delmonico (18oz, Brandt Family Farms, CA Served with Pomme Puree or Creamed Spinach) and Dry Aged Bone in Ribeye (22oz, DemKota Ranch, SD) will be offered. For dessert, you can try Delmonico’s Original Baked Alaska featuring banana gelato, walnut cake, and apricot jam.
Official Website: Delmonico’s
This New York restaurant with Korea in mind, is offering a three-course pre-fix menu with indulgent add-ons available such as uni, caviar, and seasonal truffle. LittleMad’s signature dishes from Executive Chef Sol include beef tartare with mille feuille celeriac, smoked tofu, and gamtae; Mad Hungry noodles with crispy duck skin and umami foam, as well as Earl Grey, shaved ice.
Official Website: LittleMad
7. Bar Boulud
Source: Bar Boulud
Bar Bouland is offering prix-fixe options from the entire menu, featuring their classic French bistro favorites. They offer seasonal French fare in casual bistro style on the Upper West Side. This year, during NYC Winter Restaurant Week the restaurant is offering a three-course lunch menu and a three-course dinner menu, plus the option to pair the meal with the sommelier’s selection of a red or white bottle of wine for $39. Their menu highlights include escargots persillade, coq au vin, and trout with sunchokes and mushrooms.
Official Website: Bar Boulud
8. Il Mulino New York
Source: New York Magazine
Il Mulino New York can be your perfect Italian destination. This little bolt-hole of a restaurant down on Third Street is offering caprese, ravioli al formaggio, and pollo asparagi in the Restaurant Week lunch prix-fixe. In SoHo, you can go for steaks like a black peppercorn filet. For dessert, Ricotta cheesecake is offered.
Official Website: Il Mulino New York
9. The Mary Lane
When it comes to NYC Restaurant Week 2024, this is one of the best NYC restaurants offering lunch and dinner menus. For lunch, The Mary Lane is offering the cozy butternut squash soup, The Mary Lane Cobb, and the market vegetable and burrata sandwich with fries. Their dinner highlights include warming meals like the Norwich Meadows roasted squash, sweet potato, and lacinato kale lasagna; grilled pork loin; and sautéed Hudson Valley steelhead trout. For dessert, you can have a blood orange, lemon cream tart, or olive oil almond cake.
Official Website: The Mary Lane
So there you have it! From Michelin-starred marvels to classic gems, some of the best spots for the finest dining experiences in New York City. Don't forget to book your reservations early, because of their high demand during Restaurant Week it’s typically not that easy to get a table in these places. So what restaurants are you most excited to try during Restaurant Week? Let us know in the comments below!