One of my favorite New York events is approaching. You may now make reservations for NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2012. This is the 20th anniversary of the event, which runs from January 16 through February 10 Monday through Friday. Three-course prix fixe dinners are still $35 and lunches are $24.07 per person (which doesn’t include drink, tax and tip). There are 300 restaurants to choose from.
NYC Restaurant Week started in 1992, just in time for the Democratic National Convention and is extremely popular (it’s often extended). According to OpenTable through NYC Restaurant Week online reservations, more than 200,000 diners were seated during the 2011 summer promotion. August and the post-holiday season are typically slow times for the restaurant industry in the city; residents usually vacation during August and many are maxed out financially from the holidays in January (hopefully you aren’t and can simply enjoy the savings).
There are new restaurants this season, including Asellina, Bann, Boulud Sud, Fish Tag, HanGawi, Kibo, La Promenade de Anglais, Marble Lane and Restaurant Nippon. And among the standbys returning are Barbetta, Brasserie, Carnegie Deli, Dawat, Delmonico’s, Gotham Bar and Grill, Le Cirque, Le Perigord, Mesa Grill, The Palm Restaurant, Remi, The Russian Tea Room, Shun Lee Palace, Steak Frites, Tribeca Grill, The Water Club and Water’s Edge.
And you can save even more with a special promotion from American Express, the founding and continuing sponsor of Restaurant Week: Cardmembers will receive a $20 statement credit when they register and use any eligible American Express Card to dine out three or more times at participating restaurants during the 20-day period. To register an American Express Card and for terms and conditions, visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek.