We’re in the heart of summer in NYC and there’s no better way to celebrate the summer fun than with food! Whether it’s date night or a gathering of your closest friends, we’ve got the round up of the Best Dinners of Restaurant Week 2018.
21 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
A former speakeasy during the Prohibition period, 21 Club is a New York City establishment that serves up American fare. Choose from a range of starter salads, such as Caesar and Wedge, and a choice of classic meats and fish such as Salmon, Chicken, and Lamb. For dessert, save some room for decadent treats like Chocolat Mousse and Coconut Panna Cotta. Available for reservations Monday – Friday.
Beauty & Essex
146 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
Settled behind a pawn shop in the LES, there is no shortage of quirky features and over the top design of this restaurant. Walk your way up the winding staircase, past the two-story chandelier, and into an evening of fine dining. Choose from a starter section of unique combinations, such as Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos. For your main, enjoy fresh Lemon Pepper Ricotta Ravioli or some spice with the Peruvian Chicken. And don’t skip on dessert – Peanut Butter & Coconut Cake Pops and LES NYC Donuts are just a few of the dessert options. Whether you bring your date, or the whole squad, you will not be let down by this restaurant. Available for reservations Monday – Friday and Sunday.
121 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009
With a name that translates as “playground” in Korean, this Hawaiian restaurant in no short of fun. Start off your dinner with a glass (or bottle, let’s be real) of wine from their wine list of over 200 wines that primarily focus on the French wine region. If wine isn’t you thing, they have a grand list of craft beers and sake available to pair with your meal. Choose your appetizer from a range of tempuras, silken tofu, or chicken wings. Enjoy a main of a selection of poke and other grilled fish, or have a bite of their ranges of pasta, such as Mentaiko Spaghetti and Kalua Pork Cavatelli. Top it off with Hawaiian Pineapple or Bread Pudding and dinner is set. Available for reservations Monday – Friday and Sunday.
369 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Step over to Brooklyn and into a space with a distinct cultural atmosphere with Asian-American fare. Choose from appetizers that include a unique and flavorful combination of ingredients, such as Pretzel Pork & Chive Dumplings and Mushroom Buns. As a main, go big with the Crispy Oyster & Bacon Pad Thai or Supreme Ramen, or choose some classic General Talde’s Fried Chicken. You can’t go wrong with any of the many options at this Brooklyn spot. Available for reservations Monday – Friday and Sunday.
320 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Another fantastic Brooklyn gem is French Louie. It’s a trendy Bistro serving French-American cuisine, and has an outdoor patio, making it perfect for those warm summer nights. Start the meal off with some refreshing Chilled Green Pea Soup or a nice Steak Tartare. For the main, choose from a selection of House-made Linguini, or keep is classic with Steak Frites. Dessert is simple yet delicious with an offering of Chocolate Gateau and Lemon-poppy Pavlova. Available for reservations Monday – Friday and Sunday.
31 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016
An “in-authentic Italian” restaurant in the heart of NoMad, MASSONI’s Italian dishes are far from plain. Begin your meal with some Meatballs and Garlic Knots (a must-try) or a light and tasty Vedura Mista Salad. For the entree, choose from Cheese or Pepperoni pizzas, or Bucatini and Spaghetti Pomodoro for pastas. For dessert, enjoy classics with a twist, such as Tiramisu Shaved Ice or an OddFellows Ice Cream Sundae.
346 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
A best kept foodie secret in the city, Danji sits over in Hells Kitchen and serves up authentic Korean flavors in all of its dishes, using unique techniques to enhance the flavors. Start the night off with “Egg” Over Rice (you’ll just have to look that one up yourself) or some Spicy “k.f.c.” Korean Fire Chicken Wings. For your main course, try the Spicy Tofu Stew with Seafood “Busan Bouillabaisse” or Kimchi Bacon Wet Fried Rice. Finish the meal with a simple, yet classic dessert – ice cream. Available for reservations Monday – Friday and Sunday.
3 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016
A game changer to the NoMad dining scene, Quality Eats is a modern steakhouse with a dimly lit and exciting cocktail bar feel. Dine while you’re surrounded by playful graphics and a lively ambience. Begin your meal with a fresh Rock Shrimp Cocktail or Grilled Bucheron Cheese. For the mains, choose from a selection of meats, which include the Bavette Cut and Quality Eats Burger. For dessert, choose from two “Dressed Up Scoops” – Birthday Cake and S’mores. Available for reservations Monday – Friday and Sunday.
171 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002
A well-known NYC joint in Chinatown, there’s always a reason to dine at Mission Chinese. With unique flavor combinations in all of their dishes, there really is no wrong choice. Enjoy starter options of Chongqing Chicken Wings With 3 Spices or Green Tea Noodles. For the Entree, try the Broccoli Beef Brisket or the Mouth Numbing Mapo Tofu. Top it off with dessert options of Party Flan or Burnt Banana. Available for reservations Monday – Friday and Sunday.
171 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002
A beloved spot on Bowery, Bar Primi is a hip Italian restaurant with delicious food pairings and nice outdoor seating. Sip some Italian country wines or aperitivi while you enjoy this multi-course dinner. Start it off with Eggplant Caponata Crostini or Burrata Cremosa. For the main, enjoy Casarecce made with Zucchini, or some Penne with prosciutto. For dessert, keep it authentic with some Gelato (and perhaps a digestif!). Available for reservations Monday – Friday and Sunday.