By Terry Trucco
What do you need to pull yourself through a bleak, frigid, snow-soaked winter that seems endless, no matter what a certain genetically clairvoyant Staten Island rodent predicted earlier this week?
Comfort food. And to guarantee it at an agreeable price NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2015 rolls into town February 16 through March 6 with 340 participants, more than ever before.
For 23 years Restaurant Week has drummed up business during the city’s slowest seasons (think extreme chill and heat when you might be tempted to give up an embarrassment of haute veggies and organic pancakes to be anywhere else). Three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38, often at super-desirable destinations, add up to one good reason to stick around town or venture in from a nearby suburb or someplace even snowier, like Minneapolis or Rapid City.
If you crave the ambient aura of travel that’s built into the DNA of the best hotel restaurants you’re in luck. Their ranks leapt from 35 to 41 this time, despite losing six previous participants including blue ribbon perennials like Cafe Boulud at the Surrey and Maialino at the Gramercy.
Never mind. Among the newcomers is hot ticket Narcissa at the Standard East, stylish Asellina at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, the new Park Hyatt’s glamorous Back Room at One57, East and West, Yotel’s fresh fusion offering, the Morgan Dining Room, which replaced long-shuttered Asia de Cuba at Morgan and JW Marriott’s glittery Southgate Bar and Restaurant.
Reservations are officially up for grabs, so click on, and prepare to lift your fork.
Here’s the complete hotel restaurant list. Dig in.
2 West at the Ritz Carlton New York Battery Park — Financial District
Abboccato Ristorante at the Blakely — Midtown West
Ai Fiori at the Lanesborough — Midtown South
The Americano at Hotel Americano — Chelsea
Atrio Wine Bar/Restaurant at Conrad New York – Financial District
Asellina at the Gansevoort Park Avenue — NoMad
Auden Bistro & Bar at the Ritz Carlton Central Park — Midtown
The Back Room at One57 at the Park Hyatt — Midtown
Blue Fin at W Times Square — Times Square
Ca Va Brasserie at the Intercontinental Times Square – Times Square
Calle Ocho at The Excelsior — Upper West Wide
Clement at The Peninsula — Midtown
Crossroads American Kitchen and Bar at the Marriott Marquis — Times Square
David Burke Kitchen at The James — SoHo
DB Bistro Moderne at City Club – Times Square
East and West at the Yotel — Times Square
Ed’s Chowder House at The Empire Hotel — Lincoln Center/West Side
Grape & Vine at the Jade Hotel – Greenwich Village
The Lambs Club Bar at the Chatwal — Times Square
Lexington Brass at Hyatt 48Lex — Midtown East
Maze by Gordon Ramsay at The London NYC – Midtown West
Mint Restaurant at the San Carlo — Midtown East
Mercer Kitchen at the Mercer — SoHo
Monkey Bar at Hotel Elysee — Midtown East
The Morgan Dining Room at The Morgan — Murray Hill
Narcissa at the Standard East — East Village
The National Bar and Dining Rooms at The Benjamin – Midtown East
Nice Matin at The Lucerne — Upper West Side
Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien — Midtown
North Square Restaurant & Lounge at the Washington Square Hotel – Greenwich Village
Nougatine at Jean Georges at the Trump International Hotel & Tower – Upper West Side
Paramount Bar and Grill at the Paramount — Times Square
Pigalle at Hilton Garden Inn — Times Square
Shula’s Steak House at Westin Times Square — Times Square
Sirio at The Pierre – Midtown/East Side
Southgate Bar and Restaurant at JW Marriott — Midtown
The Strand Bistro at The Strand — Midtown South
Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza — Midtown West
Triomphe Restaurant at the Triumph Hotel — Times Square
The View Restaurant and Lounge at Marriott Marquis — Times Square
The Wayfarer at the Quin — Midtown