This summer’s NYC Restaurant Week will be a little different than years past. For one thing, it’s running for five weeks - from July 19th to August 22nd. It’s also the first time restaurants can utilize tiered pricing options - meaning your meal could cost either $21 or $39 (both of those options include at least one entree and a side), or $125 for a three-course set.
Since there are 500+ restaurants participating across all five boroughs, we’re here to help narrow things down a bit. We wrote about 15 spots taking part in Restaurant Week that we love. Whether you’re looking for a great deal from a fine-dining restaurant or just want to support a local standby in your neighborhood, these are some of our go-to places with specials.
Restaurant Week deals are subject to change over the course of the five-week program, so make sure to check the restaurant’s listing before you commit. Reservations open July 12th.
One of our favorite Greek restaurants in the whole city is offering a $21 lunch as well as a three-course menu for $125 during dinner. This upscale Flatiron spot specializes in seafood, so that’s mostly what you should keep an eye on here. While you’re eating lunch, you can bring up the fact that Billy Joel dines here sometimes.
Attention vegetarian Restaurant Week goers: Tsion Cafe in Harlem should top your list of places to try this year. They serve Ethiopian food with Israeli influence, and their back patio is one of the most pleasant places to sit in Harlem. For Restaurant Week, they’re offering a $21 dinner on weekdays and Sundays.
This Bushwick Mexican spot took over the former Guadalupe Inn space in 2020, which means there’s a full stage for drag performances and live music. Their restaurant deal this year includes a $39 dinner on weekdays and Sundays. Hopefully that includes dishes like mole coloradito, pork belly tacos, and aguachile.
Wayan shares some DNA with Meatpacking club-restaurants. The dark space could be in a beachfront resort in Bali, servers wear custom t-shirts you’d find at a Diesel outlet, and the menu includes a chiquita daiquiri and chicken satay. But this Indonesian spot isn’t a place to impress investment banking associates in 1999. It’s a Nolita restaurant where you should go for a casual date, and share spicy, perfectly charred octopus and grilled clams topped with coconut flakes. For Restaurant Week, you can have a $39 lunch or a $125 three-course menu.
Fieldtrip in Harlem spot specializes in rice bowls with grains ranging from Jollof to China black pineapple fried rice. Whenever we come here for a quick lunch or dinner, we always like to add toppings like shrimp and scallops or BBQ brisket to our bowls. During Restaurant Week, Fieldtrip is offering a $21 lunch or dinner for both in-person service as well as takeout and delivery.
Soogil on East 4th Street makes consistently delicious Korean-French dishes you can share with a date, like a skewer with scallops and leeks, and foie gras with poached peach. It’s a great place to bring someone and share a bunch of small plates in the East Village, and they’re offering a $125 tasting menu deal on weekdays for Restaurant Week.
If you’re looking for great Indian food in NYC, it’s hard to do better than Adda in Long Island City. Their $39 Restaurant Week special comes with three courses (including dahi batata puri, chicken tikka or tandoori gobi, and lotus root kofta and butter chicken). For what it’s worth, know that Adda’s butter chicken is creamy and complex - so don’t skip over it even though you’ve possibly eaten butter chicken hundreds of times.
Maybe you’re just looking for a laidback backyard where you can do something other than tolerate the screaming sounds of children after 5pm. That’s when you should head to Palo Santo. In addition to their incredible back patio, this Latin-Caribbean restaurant inside of a Park Slope brownstone has a few sidewalk tables where you can eat things like fish tacos, anticuchos, or slow cooked pork with guajillo chiles and polenta. Stop by during Restaurant Week for a $39 dinner on weekdays and Sundays.
Samudra serves a completely vegetarian menu in Jackson Heights. That doesn’t necessarily translate to a light meal (many of the dishes on the menu involve fried potatoes and breads). What it means, instead, is delicious Indian dosas filled with spicy cauliflower and other vegetables. For Restaurant Week, Samudra is offering a $21 lunch as well as a $39 dinner on weekdays and Sundays.
Tanoreen makes some of the best Middle Eastern food in NYC, in a restaurant space in Bay Ridge that feels like a family-run restaurant in a small town (like maybe Nazareth, where both Jesus and the chef grew up). They’re offering $21 lunch and $39 dinner specials on weekdays.
Queens Bully in Forest Hills makes nicely spiced smoked chicken and brisket with thick bark. It’s the kind of meat where you’re going to need an extra side of BBQ sauce for dipping. For Restaurant Week, you can get a full lunch or dinner for $21 and $39 respectively.
Zooba has singlehandedly raised our expectations for all fast-casual restaurants. This Egyptian counter-service spot in Nolita serves sandwiches, salads, and dips with ingredients that work so well together, they could solve bi-partisanship issues, the majority of divorce settlements, and MTA malfunctions. They’re serving a $21 lunch and dinner on weekdays and Sundays for in-person service or takeout and delivery.
Our favorite dish at this NoHo Thai restaurant is the creamy, slightly spicy coconut crab curry, but the zabb wings and coconut fried rice are also great choices. In case you need some vegetables, get the vegan green curry. Why are we telling you this? Because during Restaurant Week you can try the family-style dishes for $39 at lunch or dinner on weekdays.
Mario's Restaurant & Catering
If you’re in the Arthur Avenue area, Mario’s is serving a special $21 lunch where you can pick your entree - including Italian-American staples like chicken parm, linguini with clams, veal marsala, and ravioli - as well as your choice of side dish. Check out their full Restaurant Week menu here.
La Contenta Oeste
This West Village Mexican restaurant is reliably good for things like chilaquiles, fish tacos, and crab enchiladas. They also make some of the better mole poblano you can find downtown - which is great news considering it’s one of their Restaurant Week specials (along with vegetarian succotash and esquites).