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New York Restaurant Week Starts Today: 10 Rezzies We Want

January 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM | by | ()

Don't skip the homemade pasta at Ai Fiori. Carbs be damned.

We always find it amusing New York Restaurant Week falls just a few weeks after the new year, when those plum hotel restaurants we've been dying to try, drop their prices for 20 whole days of diet-busting deliciousness.

This year's event goes from January 14–February 8 and patrons will be treated to three-course prix-fixe lunches for $25 and dinners for $38.00. There are over 300 restos participating (a list can be found at NYCGO), but we're detailing our Top 10 Picks here. Unless noted, these are for Mon-Friday lunch and dinner seatings. Saturday dinner isn't included, but some places do have Sunday lunch and dinner availability.

Asellina at the Gansevoort Park Avenue: We defy you not to order the veal meatballs, prosciutto and black truffle flatbread without tears rolling from your eyes. And that's just for starters. Sunday lunch and dinner included.

Todd English's Ca Va Brasserie at the InterContinental Times Square

Ai Fiori: This elegant retaurant at the Setai Fifth Avenue is acclaimed chef Michael White's ode to Mediterranean cuisine. It's a bustling spot where you're certain deals big and small are being made over plates of housemade tagliatelle or pan-roasted skate. Mon-Fri lunch only.
Ca Va Brasserie at the InterContinental Times Square: Todd English's casual but craftily simple cocktials and culinary offerings (Aperol spritz', spicy grilled shrimp Caesar salad) is a hit with the biz crowd, especially come cocktail hour. Sunday lunch and dinner included.
Café Boulud at The Surrey: Daniel Boulud gets bonus points for presenting a French menu for this event, that's a country (Country duck pâté with quince chutney), and comforting too (Winter squash ravioli with brown butter and sage) Mon-Fri lunch only.
Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel: This legendary hotel is keeping it simple with burgers, Waldorf salads, deviled eggs, and brownie sundaes. Mon-Fri lunch only
Ktchn at The Out NYC: Get to know your fellow diners at the large communal table, or eat your crunchy quinoa bits and braised short ribs in one of their comfy banquettes. Sunday lunch and dinner included.
The Lambs Club Bar at The Chatwal New York: This popular spot is under the helm of the bespectacled Geoffrey Zakarian, who might be a bit biting with his Conde Nast comments, but his culinary skills are incredible, so we maybe we'll ignore it?
Locanda Verde at the Greenwich Hotel: Robert De Niro's casual neighborhood TriBeCa taverna serves up..what else? Italian cuisine. Mon-Fri lunch only.
Mercer Kitchen: The in-house eatery at the hip SoHo Mercer Hotel is overseen by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.'Nuff said. Sun dinner is available.
The Strand Bistro: We recently reviewed the new Strand Hotel in the Flatiron District and its tasty food offerings.

Honorable Mention:
Norma's: Le Parker Meridien's hotel restaurant is acclaimed for so much, but all-day breakfast is one of them. The lemony griddle cakes with Devonshire cream gets us every time. Mon-Fri Lunch only.

Let us know what hotel you picked and how it was!


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