By Maria Rocha-Buschel
This year marks the 25th anniversary for NYC Restaurant Week and a number of Union Square, Flatiron and Gramercy establishments are have been participating in the event. Restaurants participating in the event are offering three-course lunches for $29 and dinner for $42, not including beverages or gratuity. Restaurants participating offer a special menu from Monday through Friday, with Sunday optional, and a handful here are offering special menus for lunch and dinner on Sunday as well. The event kicked off on July 24 and is running through August 18.
Click through for a selection of neighborhood restaurants participating this year.
Almayass, 24 East 21st Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 473-3100
Lebanese spot Almayass has a special Restaurant Week menu, including an option of two appetizers, a main course and dessert for both lunch and dinner on Monday through Friday as well as on Sunday. Many of the appetizer options are vegetarian and vegan, with dishes such as lentil soup, hummus, tabbouleh, falafel and others. Dishes for the main course include kafta, mantee (a traditional Lebanese dish made with dough) spinach and meat options and lamp chops, and dinner options including stuffed peppers, bronzini and chicken taouk.
Giorgio’s of Gramercy, 27 East 21st Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, (212) 477-0007
This Italian restaurant in Gramercy offers a soup option for the appetizer during both lunch and dinner, made of carrot, yogurt and ginger. Filet Mignon is available as an entree for both meals but the Chilean sea bass and Long Island duck breast are only available on the dinner menu. Sea scallops are an option during lunch and both lunch and dinner have additional appetizer options available.
Giorgio’s is participating in Restaurant Week for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and for dinner on Sunday.
Haru, 220 Park Avenue South, between East 17th and 18th Streets, (646) 428-0989
Sushi bar Haru near Union Square is offering both sushi and non-sushi options on their Restaurant Week menu on Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for dinner. The fusion restaurant includes lobster tacos, and noodle salad in the choices for appetizers during dinner and chicken gyoza and tempura during lunch, with poke available on both menus. The sushi special on the lunch menu includes seven pieces of assorted sushi and a choice of one tuna roll or one California roll. Chicken or salmon teriyaki are also available during lunch, in addition to a noodle dish. Dinner options include a specialty roll duo, as well as a combination of sushi and sashimi.
Haru has additional locations uptown, some of which are also participating on Sunday for lunch.
Sarabeth’s Park Avenue South, 381 Park Avenue South, between East 26th and 27th Streets, (212) 335-0093
Sarabeth’s, which specializes in American cuisine, is participating in Restaurant Week Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner and for dinner on Sundays. The spot is offering similar appetizers on both the lunch and dinner menus and the same dessert options, including a strawberry raspberry mousse or a caramelized banana split. Lunch options include a soft shell crab sandwich, BBQ rubbed short ribs or pan roasted cod, and the dinner menu also includes the short ribs, in addition to crab spaghetti and country-style branzino. The restaurant has outposts throughout Manhattan with the same menu available at the various locations uptown.
Blue Water Grill, 31 Union Square West, between East 16th and 17th Streets, (212) 675-9500
This longtime neighborhood restaurant is participating in its last Restaurant Week, at least in its current Union Square location, as the owner recently announced the restaurant was getting pushed out of the space due to high rents.
The restaurant is offering the same appetizer options for both lunch and dinner: a watermelon salad with feta cheese and watercress, gazpacho and spicy salmon maki with tempura bok choy, avocado and eel sauce. The house fettuccine and the calendar island mussels will also be available for both lunch and dinner. The two menus have a unique chicken dish for each, with the Sullivan Farmhouse chicken with grilled peach and arugula available during dinner and the chicken paillard offered at lunchtime. Dessert options include a summer stone fruit upside down cake or triple chocolate cheesecake.
The special Restaurant Week menus are only available at the restaurant for lunch and dinner during the week.
Bread & Tulips, 365 Park Avenue South, between East 26th and 27th Streets, (212) 532-9100
Appetizer options during dinner at this Italian restaurant in the Flatiron include shrimp and chorizo, “polpette,” which are housemade meatballs, and mushroom arancini. The arancini, burrata and polpette are available on the lunch menu as well, in addition to burrata and the soup of the day.
Options for the entree include wild salmon, veal bolognese and a simple spaghetti dish. Entrees on the dinner menu include seared sea scallops, strip steak and Italian sausage. The restaurant is also offering wine specials during the event, offering a red and white Italian wine for $25 a bottle.
Bread & Tulips is participating in Restaurant Week from Monday to Friday but not on Sunday.
The Clocktower, 5 Madison Avenue (entrance on 24th Street), (212) 413-4300
The Clocktower restaurant near Madison Square Park is only participating in lunch from Monday to Friday for Restaurant Week.
The elaborate appetizer options at the spot include Japanese eggplant with black sesame tahini, aubergine caviar, feta and cilantro, as well as an Heirloom tomato salad with green strawberries and smoked Persian cucumber, in addition to Shellfish linguini with lemongrass, king crab and lobster bisque.
Available entrees include a 36-hour braised pork belly, a pan roasted Maine cod or Lancaster chicken breast with braised onion, brown butter potatoes and chicken gravy.