I'm sure some of you are partaking in the upcoming events... I go to atleast 3 - 4 different places during the week, Looking for a new gem place to try. Any favorites?
Search is your friend. There have been MANY MANY threads on RW before:
Many people post without researching previous topics. Did anything jump out at you in those previous conversations?
Where have you been before? Hard to say what is a new gem to you without knowing where you have been! Also remember it's hard to recommend a TON of new places for Restaurant Week because it only happens twice a year.
very helpful of you to take the time to compile a bunch of old conversations about past year's RW and only one thread from this time around.
I think coms76 is looking for fresh conversation and not threads full of discussion about restaurants that may not even be participating this time around.
I would recommend Aldea. It was amazing. I hear recently (thanks chowhound!) they may have a year round prix fixe, though, so you may hold off to try that one if that matters to you. However, the RW prixe fixe may be different than the regular one (if there is one), and it was amazing...so I feel it is worth doing.
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As I said, many people post without doing any research at all.
I find RW threads from the past to be very helpful--by the time you hear a place is good for RW, it's already booked solid for that RW. So I tuck it away as a contender for next time.
It's impossible for me to know what posts you may have already read. I'm not psychic! I asked if anything sounded good from past threads, and got no response.
Plus the intent was NOT clear from the original post: "new" can mean "new to me" which is not the same as "newly opened."
I've heard lots of good reports about RW dinner at Riverpark but haven't tried it yet. Menu is online here:
Lots of choices from their normal menu though some do carry a supplement.
Unfortunately, the best of the best restaurant usually don't participate at all--I've seen many excellent restaurants also drop out over the last several years (Gramercy Tavern, Craft, even EMP used to do RW, and give a gift certificate!).
And yes, a lot of the good ones only do lunch (often because they already do a lunch prix fixe and because they aren't hurting for business during dinner).
Always remember that RW exists to drum up business during slow times of the year (winter and summer) and during slow times of the week (weekday lunch)! It's more about marketing than giving the consumer a good deal, these days. Especially because most restaurants have figured out that the RW customer is less likely to come back and pay full price at another time.
That's why it's so hard to find an excellent dinner candidate. My previous favorite was Bar Room at the Modern, and they dropped out a while ago...
Riverpark if a favorite of mine and they are offering their regular menu during RW, some items with supplements, as mentioned above.
Kathryn, you are awesome, I hope the OP appreciates your efforts now.
Me, I'm the worst searcher ever. I always do try to find previous posts, but somehow come up empty quite often. Hopefully, my new post today was one that hasn't been written about. I was actually surprised that I couldn't find previous posts on "All Things Good".
I agree with Kathryn about the real reasons for RW. I had an awful experience and know others who also gave it up. I was made to feel like I was a cheapskate wasting the staff's time. The food came out in seconds, was satisfactory at best and then was rushed out the door. Why bother?
A great RW dinner at Riverpark last Friday and another at Park Avenue Winter last night. Both had great options (Riverpark was the regular menu with surcharges for some items), generous portions, and excellent, unrushed service. Smart marketing geared to both developing new business AND encouraging people to return by offering a lovely dining experience. I will return to both.