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Jul 1, 2008 01:49 PM

Restaurant Week--where are you planning on going?

Restaurant week is July 21-25 & July 28-Aug 1. What places are on your list? I'm looking for inspiration and suggestions.

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  1. Since I can only do dinners:

    Davidburke and donnatella

    Not been to any of them yet, so can't offer advice i am afraid!

    Everyone else is going to say EMP....

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    1. re: sticham

      Petrossian for Rest Week is incredible. My fiancee and i did that last Rest Week and were blown away. You'll have a great time!! Mmm, caviar...

    2. I'm going to:

      - Gramercy Tavern
      - EMP (some menu choices read vaguely familiar to last year's but sounds good anyway)
      - Aquavit (Dining Room but it won't matter in terms of the menu - it's the same as the Cafe)
      - Del Posto
      - Le Cirque (for dinner)

      In re: to sticham, I've been to Anthos and Devi for lunch the past winter. Anthos's RW menu wasn't that great that my friend and I opted for their regular lunch prix fixe and service was pretty bad. As for Devi, it was very good. Their RW menu is pretty much what they offer on their normal menu and service was attentive.

      kimie, if you're looking for a dinner option, I do suggest the Bar Room at the Modern. I had a very good meal albeit service was a bit lacking.


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      1. re: chocokitty

        Thanks for the rec to the Modern. I cannot find their RW menu. Do you know where I can find it? Thanks again.

        1. re: kimie

          No problem! Just call them to fax or email it over to you. They should have it on hand, if not, the week of.

          1. re: kimie

            Im going to the Modern for RW also. If you get the menu could you post it?

          2. re: chocokitty

            Hi Tina,

            Just a word of warning that Del Posto's RW menu is very limited and sized down and not representative of the restaurant's regular offering at all.

            This year the list is so boring that I am going to go to restaurants that are NOT participating in RW instead! I hope they will be less crowded! :D

            1. re: kobetobiko

              I found out too late! in the week after they released the RW list and inquiring their menu after I made reservations. Argh, I don't know where I can find a decent place to have lunch by now! :(

          3. I didn't obssess too much since it seems like the special menu usually gets offered until Labor Day. I made dinner reservations at: Roy's, Devi, Amalia, Rayuela, Town, Mai House and Crema. Lunch reservations are at: davidburke & donatella and I'm debating possibly taking a trip to EMP.

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            1. re: JungMann

              D&D always have prix-fixe lunch right? You don't have to go during RW as it will probably be more crowded.

              1. re: JungMann

                i'm amazed that so many list Mai House. The place is average at best. They eliminated the frog lolly pops from the menu, which was the best thing they had IMHO. I'd rather eat at Indochine , Viet Cafe, Nam, or the place on 57th between park and Lex.

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I had heard that Mai House was pretty mediocre which is why I didn't visit during the last restaurant week. But with the recent changes in staff and increased visibility of the restaurant, I'm curious to see what they offer. Of course if the RW menu turns out to be a poor reflection, I'll have no qualms cancelling my reservation.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    Just wanted to confirm the mediocrity of Mai House. Went earlier this week with a friend. Had the beef and the papaya salad, the chicken and the ribs, and finally the ganache and the sorbets. Utterly underwhelmed by all of it.

              2. Tabla
                Mai House
                Gramercy Tavern

                Any thoughts on Mai House, for RW and otherwise? Don't see much about it on these boards.

                1. I am doing lunch at Artisanal and dinner at The Modern bar room. Looking forward to both!