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NYC Restaurant Week 2019

Four friends eat and talk around a table while dining out.

From Inwood to FiDi, you could eat at a different location every day of the year and still not taste all that New York City has to offer. Every corner surrounded the apartments for rent in Manhattan contains some of the best fine dining and street eats in the world. That’s what NYC Restaurant Week is all about; celebrating the delicious buffet New Yorkers are privy to on a daily basis.

With prix-fixe menus and hundreds of participating restaurants, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Here’s everything you need to know about Restaurant Week 2019.

What Is Restaurant Week?

NYC’s Restaurant Week aims to celebrate one of the city’s most popular pastimes. Dining out it integral to life in the city, especially with the never-ending supply of fresh and classic locations to try. Hundreds of restaurants band together, offering New Yorkers a bountiful display of special prix-fixe menus during the week that feature some of the restaurants’’ favorite meals.

The event started back in 1992 as a promotional lunch event, credited to Joe Baum and Tim Zagat. After the week was over, Emil William Chynn wrote to the New York Times saying what an incredible idea this was and how it should become a yearly event with major sponsors.

As the years went on, the city’s restaurant week continued to gain traction and quickly turned into one of the biggest events of the year. A short list of 95 restaurants became hundreds. By 2010, the event was so popular that it was even extended by almost a month. So, get ready to dig into some deliciousness this summer.

What to Expect

From July 22nd to August 16th, restaurants across Manhattan from bustling downtown to the northernmost tip will feature special prices on menu items. Those that sign up with Restaurant Week feature prix-fixe menus consisting of a two-course lunch for $26 and a three-course dinner for $42. Prices remain the same throughout the week, including weekends.

Types of cuisine vary by location. However, you can find a vast mix of ingredient and regional-based delights ranging from Asian Fusion to Turkish. Distinctions are made for coffeehouses, dessert shops, and modern vs. traditional varieties of cuisines. There are even a few restaurants that classify as eclectic. This is an excellent time to try something new and enjoy your favorites from the city.

As for locations, hundreds of restaurants are broken down into the areas they reside in. From there, areas are broken down into neighborhoods. Area categories include:

  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
  • and The Bronx

Each of those contain several neighborhoods from Bay Ridge to Bloomfield and City Island. Wherever you choose to go, there’s an exceptional mix of foods in each area. Amongst them are also 55 James Beard Award winners, recognized for their culinary professionalism by what is considered the Oscars of the food industry.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The number one question most people ask is whether they need reservations for their restaurants of choice. You don’t, but it is highly recommended that you make them. Every foodie in New York will be flooding these locations. You can use OpenTable or call ahead to make a reservation.

Next is the food served. Prix-fixe menus include a choice of at least three appetizers and entrees for lunch, with an added minimum of two options for dessert. Drink specials and a la carte items are usually offered at an additional cost.

During the week, you can find brochures about participating restaurants at each location you visit. Beforehand, finding the exact style dish you want to eat is as simple as using the event’s website. You can refine your search by cuisine, location, meal type, and award winners. There are also a set of categories ranging from NYC Classics to Best-Kept Secrets.

Tips for Making the Most of the Week

If you’re trying to secure a table at a popular restaurant, book your reservation for Sunday night or midday throughout the week. Patrons tend to fill locations for dinner, especially on Friday night and all-day Saturday.

Make sure to keep an eye on the event calendar. Some restaurants only offer lunch, while others only participate during weekdays. Others may not jump in until halfway through the event. Restaurant Week, thanks to its popularity, actually runs for an entire month. So, you can schedule time to try all of the delicious cuisines without too much conflict.

If you’re unsure of where to eat next after hitting all of your favorites, check Instagram for #nycrestaurantweek. Patrons will be posting their favorite dishes all month long, giving you an excellent idea of what might interest you. Make sure to doublecheck the geotag so you can view the full menu before booking a reservation.

Apartments for Rent in Manhattan

While you’re nursing your food coma, enjoy the comforts of luxury amenities and modern living at 15 Cliff. Discover studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments with spacious layouts in a convenient downtown Financial District location. With top-tier finishes and community spacers, everything you need is right outside your front door.

Exceptional services and shared amenities are in abundance throughout the building. Relax after a long day on the landscaped roof deck, stay active in the fitness center, and hang out with friends at two outdoor grilling stations in the landscaped plaza with seating. Mingle with your neighbors in the resident lounge or take your dog for a stroll. NYC transit screens, a CitiBike docking station, and free Wi-Fi throughout all common areas helps makes your daily routine a breeze.

Inside each home rests decadent finishes designed for modern living. Barnwood-style plank flooring gives way to oversized windows with solar shade treatments. With quartz countertops compliment an open kitchen with breakfast bar, all of which is accentuated by woodgrain custom cabinetry and porcelain tile backsplash. Overhead recessed lighting, Kohler brushed nickel fixtures, contemporary vanities, and spacious closets with expandable shelving create an envious appeal.

Welcome to the downtown renaissance. Welcome to 15 Cliff.