NYC Restaurant Week: It’s that time of year where you shake your head at that Chinese takeout menu, puff out your chest, and embrace the most excellent excuse to venture into the world of cheap, delicious, eats. You know the drill—it’s three courses from some of New York’s best restaurants, where lunch goes for $29 and dinner’s $42.
From bright-eyed newcomers to neighborhood ‘ol faithfuls, we’ve rounded up a few of the spots we’re particularly excited to chow down at. Note that some menus are subject to change—make sure to check out nycgo.com for the latest menu updates and to book your table. Otherwise, we hope you’re hungry!
With a charming air of sophistication meets quirk and California meets Hudson Valley, Narcissa delivers a New American cuisine that’s something to write home about—again and again. Seasonally inspired by up-the-river harvests, this spot is an intimate gem, promising some al fresco dining in their private garden or chats alongside the bustling chef counter. This year, the team is serving summertime vibes with steak carpaccio dabbed in horseradish cream and a grilled pork loin with pickled melons. Yum!
Summer not hot enough for you? Trot on down to Miss Lily’s 7A for some righteously delicious (and spicy!) Jamaican fare that’s sure to please. Paying homage to the 7A’s colorful history and propelled by that fiery spice we’ve come to know and love, the team’s newish East Village outpost has you covered for all things lunchtime, dinnertime, late night, and jerk-seasoned. Try the grilled lobster with jerk butter and mango chutney or get down with their World Famous Jerk Chicken. We dare you not to ask for seconds.
For serious Mexican dining that’s anything but your assembly line burrito-in-a-basket, Empellón Cocina draws inspiration from the cornucopia of Mexico’s regional traditions and delicacies. With a promise to never settle for what’s been done before, the kitchen playfully tweaks, challenges, and reinvents the heritage recipes that have come before them. Open wide for fried Maine smelt with jalapeño relish and lime mayo, and satisfy your sweet tooth with an oh-so-good chocolate tres leches, served with tamarind and cocoa-coconut sorbet.
If you’re dreaming of Grecian seas and the Hudson river isn’t quite doing it for you, problem solved: MP Tarverna Brooklyn delivers the rich cuisines of the Mediterranean in an easy breezy converted warehouse on Driggs Avenue. If it’s olive oil everything you desire, grab some friends and head over for the fresh family-style plates. On the NYC Restaurant Week menu is octopus over a mediterranean bean salad alongside Grandma’s meatballs, served with grilled pita, lemon, tzatziki. Opa!
Charmingly named after the tidal strait that cuts between Brooklyn and Governor’s Island, Buttermilk Channel is a divine cross between eat-your-heart-out comfort food and casual New American refinery. Basically, it’s really really good, and their buttermilk fried chicken tastes as though it was dipped in the fryers of heaven. So take a stroll along Carroll Street and get down with some chicken liver mousse over country bread and duck meatloaf—your body will thank you.
An enduring neighborhood staple, Tanoreen has been feeding the hungry hoards of Bay Ridge since 1998. With their homestyle Middle Eastern cooking and vibrant dining space, it’s a great spot to delight in all the hummus, tabouleh, and labaneh your little heart desires. Stop by for their eggplant Napoleon and chicken fetti—trust us, this one’s worth a trip to south Brooklyn!
For those of you wanting to go fancy on the cheap, Boulud Sud is your hot ticket. Yet another delicious offering in the Daniel Boulud empire, Boulud Sud brings refined Mediterranean elegance to the Upper East Side, wrapped up in enough mid century modern charm to make you believe you’ve been flung back in time. Indulge in a harissa lamb burger or some citrus marinated Scottish salmon, and get ready to feel swanky.
Speaking of refined elegance, if it’s pasta you’re craving, but something about the pizza joint next door seems a little meh, head straight to the source for refined Italian fare at The Leopard at Des Artistes. It’s a favorite for uptown elite, but fear not: just say no to shorts, and soon you’ll be whisked away into buffalo mozzarella bliss. Delight in regional Italian fare underneath the approving glances of the painted female nudes: during select weeks, the kitchen will feature cuisines from Tuscany, Campania, and Sicily.
If you’d like to get down with the a rustic Greek taverna but you don’t feel like leaving Manhattan, Kefi is your answer. Named for the Greek word that loosely translates as “the bliss that accompanies bacchanalia,” Kefi’s cozy Mediterranean charm will transport you to a place where the breeze is cool and the sea is the bluest of blue. Try the sheep milk ravioli with brown butter and sage or the braised lamb shank over orzo—sounds pretty blissful, right?
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