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This post covers Restaurant Week, which takes place January 21 – February 9, 2020, including tips to help you secure a reservation at a 5-star restaurant.
Restaurant Week is a twice-yearly event when more than 300 of New York City’s best restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu at a very low price, relative to their regular prices.
In 2020, prices are $26 for a two-course lunch and $42 for a three-course dinner. Prices are per person, not including beverages, tax, and tip.
These prices are a steal! If you dined at some of these restaurants at other times of the year, your entree alone might cost you as much as what you will pay for your entire meal during Restaurant Week.
To take advantage of this delicious money-saving opportunity, you will need to make a recommendation at one of the participating restaurants.
See the Tips from a Local section for suggestions to help you get a table at a date and time at a restaurant of your choice.
Restaurant Week takes place twice a year. In winter it is held late January to early February and in summer it takes place late July to early August.
The name is misleading in that Restaurant Week lasts for almost three weeks so you have more time to take advantage of this event.
If you are here for Restaurant Week, you might want to check out our monthly guides for the months when it occurs.
TIP: The winter Restaurant Week event is also the same dates for Broadway Week 2 for 1 Ticket. Just think about all the money you can save on a night out in NYC!
We don’t want you to miss out on this money-saving, a mouth-watering opportunity so here are some helpful tips on how to make the most of Restaurant Week.
As thousands of New Yorkers, as well as travelers, will also be trying to book a table, you will need to be prepared to make reservations the minute the website begins accepting them a few weeks prior to the event.
1) Find out when Restaurant Week is occurring.
Winter dates are announced on the official Restaurant Week website around mid-November. Summer dates are announced around early June. Periodically check the website or follow @nycgo on Twitter.
2) Once the dates are announced, you can start browsing the website to see what restaurants are participating. Read more about participating restaurants below.
Some restaurants show the prix-fixe menu they will serve. This is very helpful when choosing restaurants that you might like to try.
3) We highly recommend that you pick several restaurants you would like to try in case some are booked up.
4) Be ready with your list of restaurants before the day that reservations open on the website so you are ready to book. Reservations usually open about two weeks prior to Restaurant Week begins.
5) You can make reservations on the official website. Some restaurants also use Open Table to take reservations.
Note that lunch reservations for Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are a bit easier to get.
1) If you were unable to get a table at a restaurant you really wanted, call them to see if they have any cancellations. On that note, contact the restaurant if you can’t make your reservation. Your cancellation will make someone else very happy.
2) When you arrive at the restaurant, tell the Maitre d’ or server that you are there for reservation for Restaurant Week so they will give you the correct menu.
3) We suggest that you tip your server especially well (between 20-25%) if they provided good service.
Remember, the server is doing their job exactly as they normally do when meals are full-priced. But make considerably fewer tips during Restaurant Week.
4) Savor every bite and don’t be shy about taking pictures of the food. They will look as incredible as they taste and you want to make everyone at home feel envious.
5) Join us before or after your meal for one of our many pay-what-you-wish walking tours.
Once the dates of the event are announced you can start looking through the list of participating restaurants.
In 202o, when reservations open on January 8, the full list of participating restaurants will be posted here.
Many restaurants participate every year. Here are some you are sure to see on the list, organized by neighborhood.
They all have excellent food and service. Some of these are among the most famous and historic restaurants in New York City. Others are run by some of the top chefs in the world.
Also, if you prefer to save even more money while sampling some of NYC’s best foods, check out our food tours!
If you’d like to walk off your meal, we offer pay-what-you-wish walking tours in each of these neighborhoods.