Where to Eat During NYC Restaurant Week

By Sarah Zorn | January 19, 2018 | Food & Drink

NYC Restaurant Week has rolled around once again. And while the promise of three-course, $29 lunches and $42 dinners is certainly a draw, there are numerous reasons to take advantage of the promotion, which runs from January 22 to February 9. Need to make a dent in your critically acclaimed, must-visit list? Check out Dan Kluger’s Loring Place. Bursting with curiosity over prohibitively pricey celeb-fronted spots? It’s as good a time as any to try David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi, or Wolfgang Puck’s Cut. So eat your way through winter (without making too much of a dent in your wallet) at these eight reservation-worthy eateries.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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If you don’t have an expense account, consider this your shot to peep Puck’s first NYC foray; via tortelloni with goat ricotta and Tuscan black kale, a crispy quail salad tossed with fried ginger and General Tso sauce (which indulges his penchant for Asian flavors), and Empire apple crumble—a tip of the hat to the East Coast—topped with Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream. 99 Church St., 646-880-1995

ONE Dine

Not only had One World Trade Center’s sky-scraping eatery—literally the highest in the Western Hemisphere—joining the Restaurant Week fray this year with reduced price beet and point reyes blue cheese salads, pappardelle with braised lamb and rainbow chard and mushroom and truffle flatbreads, they’re granting complimentary admission to One World Observatory; itself a $34 deal. 285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776

Nickel & Diner

This seriously upscale take on a classic five & dime lunch counter marries a chic retro setting with unexpectedly elegant comfort food. So instead of all-day eggs, BLT’s and liver and onions during Restaurant Week, look for curry pumpkin soup with toasted coconut and pecans, roasted chicken with garlic butter and herb potato puree, and chocolate cremeux, complimented with peanut brittle and orange confit. 1 Howard St., 646-870-6100

Momofuku Nishi

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A series of tepid reviews haven’t kept crowds away from the newest addition to NY’s oft-acclaimed Momofuku dynasty. So if you’re a card carrying Changophile, don’t miss the chance to weigh in during a $29 lunch, of much discussed dishes such as chicories with oregano and parmesan (a take on the classic Caesar), and lumache ceci e pepe; which swaps a 9-month, house-fermented chickpea paste for the traditional parmesan. 232 8th Ave., 646-518-1919

Ortzi

A welcome, refined addition to Times Square’s flashy theater district, Jose Garces’ Basque-inspired spot is offering up tapas as a first course (choose from meatballs, crispy potatoes or artichokes with olive escabeche), hearty seconds such as paella valenciana, or red chile-braised chicken grits, with quail eggs and swiss chard, and a custard tart touched with olive oil, or almond cake with red wine caramel for dessert. 120 W. 41st St., 212-730-8900

Jue Lan Club

There’s a different type of wanton revelry, taking place in the space that used to house the Limelight. We’re talking roomfuls of provocatively dressed pretty people, indulging in Shanghai-inspired specialties such as edamame dumplings in truffle oil, green prawns with Chinese water spinach, and wok-charred beef and cauliflower and Mongolian sauce. 49 W. 20th St., 646-524-7409

Loring Place

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Dan Kluger didn’t need to open his critically-lauded solo venture to discount-seeking diners, yet he’s made a concession during lunch. Who knows—salmon crudo with horseradish and homemade sriracha, chicken with roasted carrots and carrot-hazelnut romesco, and playful “Hostess Cupcakes” filled with orange crème fraiche may just inspire potential patrons to return for a full-priced dinner. 21 W. 8th St., 212-388-1831

Meet the Meat

It’s pretty easy to guess the thrust of this Astoria steakhouse. And while prime cuts are pricey, you can go full carnivore during Restaurant Week for a song; thanks to your choice of filet mignon, lamb chops or NY strip steak, bookended by clams on the half shell or crab cakes, plus cheesecake or tiramisu to round the meal out. 2392 21st St., 917-832-7984



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Photography via Facebook.com/CutNYC; via Facebook.com/MomofukuNishi; via Facebook.com/LoringPlace