I’ve already begun to make reservations. The 20th Anniversary of New York City Restaurant Week began on Monday, July 16th and runs through August 10th. Good for me. Not so good for my front, back and sides — or is that backsides? I’ll try to pace myself. Try. We’ll see how this works. I have 15 restaurants on my list. (I thought it was 12, but in my excitement my mind got a little clouded.)
I love Restaurant Week (actually, technically, it’s ‘weeks’) because how else can you venture into some of the fanciest, scene and be seen places in the Greatest City in the World for foodies at rock bottom prices for a 3-course meal? How else? $24.07 for lunch or $35.00 for dinner? Seriously? You’d be crazy to let this go by.
Which restaurants are on my list? Well… Now, before I go any further, this is the list for the entire year, not just for the summer. The great thing about New York City? You have more than one opportunity per year for Restaurant Week…*internal happy dance*
So, in no particular order:
- China Grill
- Maloney & Porcelli
- Nougatine at Jean George
- Red Rooster
- La Mar Cebicheria
- Les Halles
- Spice Market
- Mesa Grill
- Brasserie Pushkin
- David Burke Kitchen
I kicked the reservations into high gear after attending a panel presentation at the New York Public Library on the 17th with the one, the only Tim Zagat (co-founder of all Zagat guides, of course), Rebecca Federman, co-curator of the fabulous and free exhibit “Lunch Hour NYC” at the New York Public Library, author Andrew P. Haley, and chef extraordinaire and restaurateur David Burke (of all things David Burke).
Let’s see how my 3-week foodie fest goes…*while looking at my ever-expanding mid section* … I’m ready for knives, forks and chopsticks.
Calories, schmalories. It’s Summer Restaurant Week and I’m ready to ‘bring it.’
Alright Amateur Critics, who has eaten at any of these restaurants? Care to share your experiences with the rest of us? Comments are welcome!
Full Disclosure: I’ve patronized a few of these before.
P.S. I’m really going to have to get back to the gym after this is all over. I know, I know…I’ve said this before. But this time, I mean it…*blink*