Last Call to Eat Your Way Around the Upper East Side! There are just five days left to enjoy discounted fine dining during New York City’s popular Restaurant Week (which, luckily for us, is not so much a week as it is nearly half the summer!). So if you want to take advantage of the incredible deals offered at nearly 300 New York City restaurants through Friday, you better get booking.
During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offer three-course prix fixe lunches for just $24.07 and dinner for a very affordable $35/per person (excluding tax, tip, and drinks). And if you are staying on the Upper East Side in Manhattan (or are already planning ahead for the next edition of Restaurant Week, which kicks off in late January 2013), a number of the top draws are located right in the neighborhood’s best hotels while others are just a few easy blocks away.
You would expect that any restaurant that makes its home in the landmark Carlyle Hotel would be as elegant and indulgent as this luxury accommodation overlooking Central Park. And the Carlyle Restaurant is a favorite among New York City socialites for both its English manor house-style and upscale mix of Greek, French and American cuisine (The Carlyle Restaurant is famous for its Dover Sole and Lobster Thermidor). During Restaurant Week, guests can select from a three-course menu that includes such delectable sounding entrees as Lemon Sole Grenobloise and Seared Hangar Steak served with Seared Polenta Cake and Peppercorn Sauce, as well as inventive desserts like Pistachio Creme Brulee.
Meanwhile the elegant ambiance at the Surrey Hotel matches the charm of the on-site Café Boulud, chef Daniel Boulud’s tribute to the original Café Boulud in Lyon, France, and another of our Restaurant Week picks. And don’t think for a second that the Restaurant Week discount means you’ll be getting anything less than the high standard set at the Surrey Hotel: the prix fixe lunch menu at Café Boulud includes such finely executed French faves as Trout Almondine with Beure Meuniere, plus a menu of desserts featuring Vanilla Bavarois with Crisp Meringue and Strawberry Sorbet.
Meanwhile just a few blocks from the ultra-romantic Franklin Hotel, Parlor Steak House (1600 Third Ave. at 90th Street) is offering classic steakhouse dishes such as Filet Mignon and Dry Aged Strip Loin as well as oysters from its fantastic raw bar on its Restaurant Week menu. And the bonus at Parlor Steak House is that its satisfying $35 three-course prix fixe menu is offered year-round!
And for those of you who care about such things, JoJo has a much-coveted Michelin star for its artful cuisine by French chef’s Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But walk by its 64th Street location (mere blocks from the equally luxurious Bentley Hotel, which overlooks the scenic East River), and you could nearly miss it! But the effort it takes to locate this bistro will be worth it for a $24.07 Restaurant Week lunch featuring upscale Mediterranean fare.
With just five days left in Restaurant Week, where are you angling to eat on a budget?