People often say that you could spend every meal of your entire life dining out and you still wouldn’t be able to try every single restaurant in New York City. Not only because you’d go broke after a week, but because there are simply so many of them. In attempts to help New Yorkers with the overwhelming task of trying the best of what the city has to offer, we have Restaurant Week. Eateries across Manhattan and the burrows are offering special pre-fix menus through February 5th. While this might help you tackle some spots, there are still over 300 restaurants that participate in the citywide effort. We did some of the eating for you and found these five awesome Restaurant Week picks.
1 Essex Restaurant
Lovers of the Lower East Side will be all about Essex. This two-story loft venue perfectly complements the neighborhood with its industrial chic vibe. Their special Restaurant Week menu features starters such as seared ahi tuna, a dozen bluepoint oysters, and their famous Essex potato pancakes. Continue to the main course with the likes of grilled pork tenderloins and pan seared atlantic salmon. You can’t leave Essex without experiencing their peanut butter pie. It’s the perfect choice for a group outing or ‘dinner and drinks’ kind of night.
High-end Hawaiian cuisine. Those three words when put together, create something truly beautiful. Noreetuh is one of the only New York eateries to serve authentic Hawaiian eats, let alone in the luxury realm. They have entered unchartered waters and are creating a whole new culinary landscape in the city. Their Restaurant Week starts with options like kalua pork croquettes and Hawaiian hearts of palm. For mains your mouth will water over their pineapple braised pork belly or chow noodles. The meal ends on an interesting note with Hawaiian desserts like azuki bean and coconut tapioca or king’s Hawaiian bread pudding. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience something new at Noreetuh.
3 21 Club
You can’t go wrong at the 21 Club. This old-school intimate spot is a former 1930s speakeasy, and little has changed since. The quality of people who frequent here have a deep knowledge and taste for the finer things in the city. These are the kind of people who genuinely care about service, ambiance, and consistently incredible eats; the kind that you should trust. This restaurant attracts so many A-listers that they actually have a map of where celebrity regulars are seated. And when we say celebrity, we mean the likes of Rod Stewart and Whoopie Goldberg. The 21 Club’s participation in Restaurant Week is your golden opportunity to partake in the scene. Their diverse Restaurant Week menu has appetizers such as Hamachi sashimi and venison potpie, main courses including lobster mac and cheese and herb crusted poussin, and delicious desserts like pear tart and chocolate sticky toffee.
4 ABC Cocina
There is so much to love about ABC Cocina. There’s Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, there’s a restaurant entirely curated by ABC Home, and then there’s unforgettable food. ABC Cocina is known for their commitment to offering the freshest and safest ingredients. Their seasonal menus focus on locally sourced produce intended on cultivating a healthy relationship on our tables and for the planet. A perfect Restaurant Week meal at ABC Cocina starts with gooey spicy ham and cheese fritters, continues with crispy chicken salad, salanova lettuce, citrus dressing, market vegetables and ends with creamy rice pudding with caramelized white chocolate and citrus compote. Oila, you’ve officially done ABC Cocina!
Esh is one of Brookyln’s best restaurants. An international background from Israel to Scotland to LA to Brooklyn has now brought you a worldly restaurant for wood-fired Israeli BBQ. The cozy eatery is the perfect place to grab a quirky cocktail with good company. Through the end of Restaurant Week the team at Esh have curated a special menu. Wood-grilled foie gras kebabs, beef short rib and sticky toffee pudding are your essentials for the Esh Restaurant Week experience.