New to NYC & Restaurant Week: please help us choose
We have lived in NYC for only a few months and this will be our first Restaurant Week. We love eating out, but money is usually a concern. Please give some suggestions of places that are the best value and/or places that should not be missed while we have this less expensive opportunity to visit them.
1. One of us is a very adventurous eater and one of us does not eat fish and is a little less adventurous.
2. We like all types of cuisine & are always up for spicy, bold flavors. As an example, normally we would not be as tempted by Mexican, Chinese, typical Italian, or French as we would by Indian, New American, Thai, Greek or Itlian with a twist.
In the past, I have had very good Restaurant Week meals at all of Danny Meyer restaurants: Eleven Madison, Tabla, Gramercy Tavern. Last Restaurant Week I went to Eleven Madison with some friends and both food and service were great. They even changed an appetizer to accommodate one of my friends who is vegetarian.
The "best" places for Restaurant Week are the ones who don't skimp on service or food offerings during RW. Danny Mayer restaurants are the most popular ones for this, and some will even give you a gift certificate to entice you to come back.
That said, the "best" choices go very, very quickly. 30 or 28 days in advance, the moment they open their reservations book.
If I were you, I would look for places that don't take reservations, and get there, early. Perhaps Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern. OR do some calling around and get the wait list for places.
It may be too late to get the best RW experience this time around but just count yourself well-armed for the next RW!