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Jan 5, 2009 09:13 AM

Visiting NYC from Chicago during Restaurant Week - Any Suggestions?

We are staying in Tribeca and are willing to go anywhere in Manhattan for great food. I would love to try some of the specials from Restaurant Week if possible. Any suggestions from locals are appreciated!


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  1. Restaurant Week is indeed a great *idea* but you need to be aware of the pitfalls:
    - huge crowds and rushed service (most good places are slammed)
    - restaurants that cut corners (i.e., only two choices per course -- chicken and fish, none of the signature dishes, etc.)
    - getting shut out of reservations since you didn't call 28, 30, or 31 days in advance
    - the *really* high quality and popular restaurants usually do not participate
    - restaurants that already have a prix fixe deal that is in that price range (Devi, Tocqueville, etc.)

    I've always had a good experience at any Danny Meyer restaurant like Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Union Square Cafe, etc. As well as restaurants that typically don't have a large lunch crowd but are popular for dinner.

    Do a search on this board, you'll find lots of RW reports from past seasons.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Dont know if they are participating in restaurant week, but Croton is fabulous.

      1. re: fisher67

        I think you mean Corton, and they are not participating.

    2. I just made a reservation at Anthos.

      I went to the Modern during this past summers Restaurant Week, based on recommendations here and I thought it was very, very good, all choices off their regular menu and some special RW wines by the glass.

      I actually ate at the Bar room, but the listing on Restaurant Week this year just says the Modern, which if it were the main dining room, would be awesome.

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      1. re: ConOrama

        That's too bad about the Bar Room, if it is indeed the case that they will not participate.

        We've done only a few during RW, for the reasons that kathryn cited above. On a couple of occasions, we actually ended up ordering from the regular menu. However, The Bar Room, which we've done on 2 occasions, was always an excellent treat for the money.

        1. re: RCC

          about how much does the bar room cost pp, w/out drinks?

            1. re: RGR

              the menu says that dishes in list 1 and 2 are appetizer sized, and list 3 are half entree sized. I am not sure about the difference between an appetizer and a half-entree, but it seems that 1 has the smallest dishes and 3 has the largest.

              Does each diner generally order 3 courses plus desert or could two of the smaller items be enough? There is a lot of range in terms of how much food you could order.

              1. re: ian9139

                2 dishes plus dessert is usually enough if you don't have a large appetite. Sometimes when I go and I'm more hungry, I get two and split a third. Not all dishes are created equal. For instance, the tarte flambee is quite filling because the size is pretty generous.

                1. re: ian9139

                  The half-entree is about twice the size of the appetizer, which, other than the tarte flambee, are just slightly bigger than a tasting portion. For us, the portion sizes are not enough if you go just slightly hungrier than normal, We don't consider ourselves big eaters, but in all our RW dinner at the Bar Room, including last Monday, we have always ordered another dish to share (between my partner and I). Any extras dish will cost you $17.

            1. re: DarthEater

              The RW listing on nycgo has it as just "The Modern," with no indication that it is The Bar Room.


              1. re: RGR

                Yes, but at Opentable.Com its listed as the Bar room. Check it out.

                1. re: DarthEater

                  And I called the restaurant surprised that the Dining Room would offer dinner. It isn't offering dinner. The reservationist confirmed that RW dinner is only in the Bar Room.

          1. I've had good experiences at Tribeca Grill and Butter for RW

            1. I am not sure what restauarnts are participating in RW> but Tribeca Grill is consistent and good. Chanterelle in tribeca is good. Bouley also. Wolfgang for steak but Im not sure if they participate. If jean Georges participates that would be my first choice.

              1. I've been to Gramercy Tavern, Anthos, and Devi during restaurant week. The only one I'd recommend (for restaurant week) is Gramercy Tavern. It was one of my favorite meals, period.

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                1. re: kemmek

                  GT for RW is very good. Last time for summer RW, they were also giving away gift certificates for the cost of your meal, redeemable for another lunch (I think the offer expired some time in late September). But it always books up the second the books open. Reservations go fast! Even the nice people answering the phone recommend that you use instead of calling.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Had lunch at GT and it was superb!! Second year in a row there for RW lunch and always impressed. The sea bass was top notch--everything was delicious.