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Jan 30, 2009 06:00 PM

Winter Restaurant Week Extended thru Feb.

Many restaurants are extending RW through Febuary and beyond. See info at:

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  1. some places are extending even further. take oceana, for instance. although some people have been voicing displeasure with oceana's RW offering, I spoke with a general manager yesterday who assured me that Oceana is aware and is working to improve its RW service that it is offering through at least the end of Spring and perhaps much longer. Here are the real deals. Let's call them "Restaurant Week Combination Specials", i.e, any restaurant that is offering another type of deal ON TOP of its RW menu. For example, Oceana is offering 20% off every bottle of wine less than $100 and, get this, 30% off every bottle of wine that's $100 or more. That's getting wine at retail, folks. Apiary is offering BYO (no corkage) on Mon nights so you can bring a great bottle of wine and get out for less than $100 for dinner for 2. Patina Group Restaurants are offering 25% off all bottles of wine (Brasserie, Brasserie 8 1/2, Nick and Stef's, etc). Wildwood BBQ is allowing you to get a mug of beer or glass of wine instead of dessert or appetizer course. Cafe des Artistes has extended restaurant week for the rest of 2009 AND is allowing diners to substitute a glass of wine for the dessert course. Anyone know of any other Restaurant Week Combination Specials?

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    1. re: winedanddined

      When I had a RW week dinner at Oceana last week all wines were 30% off, but that didn't make up for the fact that the food portions were so miniscule we barely felt that we had eaten, and as one or more Chowhounders has said, bluefish escabeche, yuck! A pig with lipstick! Perhaps, as you say, they will improve.

      1. re: City Kid

        I think the problem of Oceana isn't the price or prix-fixe deal but the food. Even if they offer $24 for 4 or 5 courses at lunch, if the food sucks no one is going to dine there. If they offer better food and selection, people will go there even if the price is slightly higher or with less courses (think JG Maining dining room or EMP)

      2. re: winedanddined

        How is the Apiary RW menu? I'm trying to decide between Apiary and Matsugen's prix fixe and both are at even keel.

      3. So what are the odds that my mid-Feb EMP lunch reservation will become a RW deal? Come on, Danny...

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        1. re: obie000000

          I'm working on them. That's one thing we're doing at Wined & Dined -- reaching out to restaurants and restaurateurs to convey and advocate the thoughts and ideas of diners and customers. In this economy they want to know what will bring us through the doors. It's gonna be tough with Union Sq Hospitality (Danny Meyer), though. Danny Meyer is the 'Restaurateur for the People.' He runs the best and most respected Restaurant Week programs in the city at their restaurants. Just take our dinner at The Modern Bar Room last night, for instance. All diners are presented with one menu -- the Restaurant Week menu, which is as extensive as any regular dinner menu you will see -- and one 1-page wine list with great value options for bottles (full list available upon request). This is so amazing because it does not isolate customers or make them feel cheap for ordering the RW menu. The service was spot-on and flawless. A tremendous amount of time and planning goes into each and every service at every Union Sq Hospitality restaurant. Many restaurants just throw a Restaurant Week menu into the mix of their normal dinner or lunch menu. It's therefore much easier for them to just "extend" their Restaurant Week through February or indefinitely. It would be a huge commitment for Danny Meyer's restaurants to follow suit because they are not willing to sacrifice an ounce of quality or service and will not compromise their integrity. We will see what Union Sq Hospitality Group says, but people should not be upset with Danny Meyer if they do not extend. We got a great couple of weeks from them!

          1. re: obie000000

            Lunch at EMP is already $28 for two courses, which sounds pretty good to me!

            1. re: kathryn

              Tabla offers a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $25 all year long. And iirc, G.T.'s Tavern Room has a soup and sandwich deal for around $15

              1. re: kathryn

                Agreed. I rather EMP stays with the current offering of $28 for 2 courses + extra $ for desserts or additional courses. I want to have more options. This is already a great bargain and I found the selection to be better than the RW menu.

            2. Due to the economic crisses, a lot of restaurants are now offering a prix-fee menu at Restaurant Week prices. Inside Park at St. Barts is one.

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              1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                Good call Stuffed Monkey. Let's not forget about all of the Recession Specials being offered by non-Restaurant Week restaurants. I think I will do a reminder post on these soon. Any others anyone knows of?

                1. re: winedanddined

                  Allegretti did not participate in RW. However, they have been offering a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $28 for several weeks and have recently begun offering a 3-course dinner prix-fixe for $42, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

                  Fleur de Sel participated in RW for lunch only. However, they just began offering a 3-course dinner prix-fixe for $45, from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.. Three choices for each course. (Note: They continue to offer a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $29 year round.)

                  1. re: RGR

                    Hill Country's Mon night all you can eat is pretty special. All you can eat meat for $25 and add $2 for all you can eat sides, like mac n cheese

                  2. re: winedanddined

                    Ed's Lobster Bar just announced a recession daily menu. Sounds great!

                    Ed's Lobster Bar, 222 Lafayette St (at Spring), 212-343-3236

                    The Daily Menu:
                    Monday - All-You-Can-Eat Mussels $15 per person
                    Tuesday - $2 Oysters
                    Wednesday - "John's Big Night" (we have no idea what this is)
                    Thursday - Surf & Turf
                    Friday - Lobster Fra Diavlo
                    Saturday - Fish & Chips
                    Sunday - Clam Bake

                2. Tribeca Grill would be a great RW spot to hit up on BYO Monday's.

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                  1. re: winedanddined

                    There was also an article in the City section of the times yesterday with special deals on the UES. JoJo has a $35 prix fixe three course dinner on sunday nights and then from 5:30-6:30pm and after 9:30pm the rest of the week. I am curious to try it though I am sure I will get nailed on their wine list. Also Fishtail (in the david burke donatella old space on 62nd) has a three course dinner with 6 apps/mains and 3 desserts to choose from for $20.09 on sundays. No idea if its any good. Wandered by last week and saw the menu which looked pricey but this might be worth a try.

                    1. re: preppie foodie

                      Has anyone tried this Sunday night Fishtail special?