By Terry Trucco
Summer in the city doesn’t seem like summer without NYC Restaurant Week, now in its 11th year.
The tradition – a win/win for restaurateurs eager for a perk up during the slow season and diners hungry for a deal – launched in 1992 in time for the Democratic National Convention.
Lunches – the now standard three-course prix fixe — cost $19.92 at 95 restaurants, a salute to the year. From the start, hotel restaurants were in the mix. Three-course dinners joined the deal in 2002.
As for pricing, it’s often PR. From summer 2004 to 2005, the $20.12 lunch displayed wishful thinking – New York’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. In 2006 the $24.07 lunch trumpeted New York’s vaunted 24/7 we-never-sleep mentality. Dinners cost $35.
This year’s prices — $25 lunches and $38 dinners — reflect a small uptick but not a gouge. It’s still a sweet deal, available July 22 through August 16 (book now — tables get gobbled up quickly). Nearly 300 restaurants are on board this summer. Here’s where to score a deal at the nearly 30 hotel restaurant participants.
2 West at the Ritz Carlton New York Battery Park — Financial District
Abboccato at the Blakely — Midtown West
Ai Fiori at the Setai — Midtown South
The Americano at Hotel Americano — Chelsea
Blue Fin at W Times Square — Times Square
Café Boulud at The Surrey — Upper East Side
Carlyle Restaurant at The Carlyle — Upper East Side
David Burke Kitchen at The James — SoHo
DB Bistro Moderne at City Club – Times Square
Ed’s Chowder House at The Empire — Lincoln Center/West Side
Kittichai at 60 Thompson — SoHo
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 National at The Benjamin – Midtown East
Nice Matin at the Lucerne — Upper West Side
Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien — Midtown
Olives New York at W Union Square — NoMad
Pigalle at Hilton Garden Inn — Times Square
Shula’s Steak House at Westin Times Square — Times Square
The Strand Bistro at The Strand — Midtown South
Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza — Midtown West
The View Restaurant & Lounge at the Marriott Marquis — Times Square