Yes, it’s that time of year again — one of two times, actually — to which New York foodies look forward with great anticipation and salivation: New York Restaurant Week!
To the uninitiated among you, including those NYC newbies who are still trying to figure out the difference between the C and E Trains, allow us, you friendly neighborhood parking company, to answer all your questions.
What the #$&! is Restaurant Week?
Twice a year, during the winter and summer seasons, around 300 participating NYC restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners, Monday through Friday, often at a fraction of their normal prices. It’s a fabulous opportunity for people who wouldn’t normally have the funds to dine out at some of the city’s fancier establishments to sample tons of amazingly delicious food. This year, it’ll only cost you $25 for a three-course lunch and $38 for a three-course dinners. What a bargain! (Note that prices don’t include drinks, taxes and tips.)
A little history behind Restaurant Week, just because it’s sort of interesting: It debuted in 1992 with 95 restaurants participating, when it was created as a one-time culinary event to welcome the Democratic National Convention to the city. (Remember? When Bill Clinton was nominated?) But the discounted food prices were such a hit among regular New Yorkers that Restaurant Week immediately turned into a recurring event
How do I know which restaurants are participating this year?
Easy. Click here for a complete list. (See, we told you it was easy.)
When does this thing take place?
Right now! It actually started this past Monday. And it runs through Friday, March 7.
Wait — March 7? I thought it was called Restaurant Week. Why does it run for 19 days?
It’s weird, right? But why are you complaining? It means more cheap meals for you!
Am I going to get the same size portions I’d normally get at these restaurants?
In many cases, no. And some of the dishes may be made with less expensive ingredients. Think of these dishes at “samplers” of what the restaurant normally serves. Hey, you’re still getting a three-course lunch for $25.
Should I make a reservation?
I drive a car into the city. Where’s the best parking for NYC Restaurant Week?
Anything else I should know?
Yes. Enjoy yourself!