One of the most affordably delicious weeks of the year starts this Monday, January 25. Yep, Restaurant Week will soon be upon us and with over 260 of this town’s best restaurants serving discounted meals, the choices are overwhelming. To help you navigate your way through the myriad of options, here are recommendations from a certain Manhattan Budget Examiner:
Asia de Cuba – If you’re in the mood for delicious Asian food with a Latin flare, this restaurant is the gold standard. Make sure to order their pork spare ribs, a melt-in-your-mouth crowd pleaser so good, it can temp even vegetarians to come over to the dark side.
Blue Smoke – And speaking of vegetarians, if you’re one, this restaurant aint the place for you. But, if eating delicious, delicious Memphis, Texas or Kansas City BBQ is your thing, then Blue Smoke will feel like food heaven on earth.
BondSt – The main web page of this Meatpacking restaurant simply reads, “Award winning sushi.” And really, that’s all you need to know.
Cafe Fiorello – This bustling Italian restaurant has become a favorite with the Lincoln Center theater crowd for its no-frills thin-crust pizzas, homemade mozzarella and rustically authentic pasta dishes.
Calle Ocho – Warm yourself up with this amazing Latin restaurant’s spicy creations. Their impressive list of civeches has something to please anyone’s tastes — from Mariscos, a Maine lobster, shrimp, jicama, cucumber and yuzu-orange mojo civiche to Huachinango, a Snapper Ceviche with cucumber, mango, papaya, cilantro and lime
Central Park Boathouse – Yeah, this place is great in the summer, but some would say the Boathouse, overlooking in the barren beauty of Central’s Park Lake, is even better in the winter. The food is nothing spectacular, but the ambiance is second to none.
City Crab & Seafood Company – Warning! Things are going to get messy when you eat at this midtown restaurant. So, for the love of God, take the bib they offer you after ordering!
Craftbar – Arguably one of Tom Colicchio’s best restaurants. More laid back than its fancier “sister restaurant” Craft, the seasonally driven menu takes the notion of comfort food to a whole new level. They make even brussels sprouts taste good…and that’s saying A LOT!
Fig & Olive Meatpacking – If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “Feta makes it bettah,” then this Mediterranean restaurant is a can’t miss.
Hill Country Barbecue Market – OK, so there’s more then one BBQ joint on this list, but when the food is as solid as it is at Hill Country, it’s worth mentioning!
Nobu Next Door – There’s a reason the Nobu Empire stretches around the globe. The sushi here is fresh, inventive and just plain good. If you’ve still got room for dessert, their green tea ice cream is worth the trillion grams of fat it probably contains!
The Red Cat – Men of NYC reading this, listen up: Red Cat is one of the most romantic restaurants in Manhattan, so if you’ve got a lady you’re looking to impress, take her here. On a side note, they serve a mean Sangria, which never hurts any situation.
For more info about all the places participating in Restaurant Week, check out the NYCGO web page. Bon Appetite!