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Restaurant Week Summer 2011: The List

Open Table has the list of participating restaurants up. http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m...

Three questions:

- what, in your opinion, are the most promising lunch options? I am thinking of quality places that don't normally offer a comparable fixed price menu. Nougatine, for example, regularly has a fixed price lunch for $28, so the RW menu is not a big draw. Aldea has a $24.07 three-course lunch on the regular menu.

- I see that only two Brooklyn restaurants participating: River Cafe and Benchmark. Is this typical? If not, why so few this time around?

- Have you had any experience with restaurants accommodating or not accommodating diners with allergies on a RW menu?

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  1. Thanks for the heads up. I had a fabulous experience last RW at Maialino, and just booked another lunch there. Also made reservations at SHO which I've been meaning to try.

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    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: eeee

      Any idea when the menus will be avail? Looked at http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/ and it appears that they are still un-avail.

      Thanks,

      1. re: jdg5005

        Looks like NYCgo hasn't put up the full site yet. Sign up here for alerts:
        http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/

        Or just follow NYCgo on Twitter.

        1. re: eeee

          Have you been to SHO yet? I went last night for dinner. We were made to wait 30 minutes for our 8:45 reservation and then we were finally seated - in the bar area at a table that had been free for probably the last 4 days. There was no apology, no explanation as to why we were not allowed to sit in the main dining room even though we had a reservation and had to wait a half hour. I was so angry. When I asked the waiter, he said that they were really busy because of restaurant week but was also completely unapologetic and almost non-existent during the meal. It was a terrible experience. I understand that it's restaurant week, but I eat at nice places all the time and I don't expect or deserve to be treated like second class. Also, don't get the carrot appetizer.

          Needless to say, SHO has lost me as a potential customer - I will never be back. The food wasn't nearly good enough to justify the attitude and poor service.

          1. re: Barcelonian

            I went to SHO on Tuesday evening. We didn't have to wait for our table and were seated in the main dining room with the view of the kitchen.

            The service was not in top form, for sure. The server was MIA for more than half an hour after we finished our meal.

            However, we enjoyed the food. The poached egg and the salad appetizers were both very good. My ocean trout main course was fantastic.

            1. re: Cheeryvisage

              I made a res for next week as I'd previously read some good reviews for SHO re: RW. Anybody else? Most likely we will keep the res - you never know, I read many bad reviews re: Le Cirque's RW yet we ended up having a great time a couple years back, so - but other opinions/experiences would certainly be appreciated.

                1. re: Cheeryvisage

                  SHO called me for confirmation on my res tomorrow evening and asked whether we would be doing a RW or regular menu. For some reason I was taken aback by the question. I'd never been asked that on the phone before? I replied "I don't know" since well, I don't know if a RW menu is "good enough" for my husband (I know it is for me, ha) and the person on the phone was sort of like "Oh, okay."

                  1. re: uwsister

                    I was asked the same question when SHO called me for confirmation. I initially thought that the restaurant would seat me in the bar dining room since I told them I was going to order from the Restaurant Week menu. But actually, I was given a very nice table in the main dining room with the view of the kitchen. Seemed like everyone else in the main dining room was ordering from the RW menu as well.

                    So not sure why they asked. Maybe there is some logistical reason behind it.

                    1. re: uwsister

                      How was your dinner at SHO, by the way? How did the food and service turn out?

                      1. re: Cheeryvisage

                        Unfortunately we had to cancel our res at last minute as my husband became very ill and I couldn't find anyone to go with me on such a short notice.

                        1. re: uwsister

                          Aw, okay. I hope your husband has since gotten better. :)

                          1. re: Cheeryvisage

                            Not quite yet - but thank you for well wishes :)

          2. For lunch, I have enjoyed past RW lunches The Breslin (no reservations), Maialino, Lupa, SD26 (though my next meal there was not so great), and A Voce.

            I've also seen reports where other CHers enjoyed Park Avenue Winter/Summer, and Quality Meats.

            For dinner, I've liked the Bar Room at the Modern and Blue Smoke.

            For reference, RW previously:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/740308
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759093
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/717159
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/723789

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            Lupa
            170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

            A Voce
            41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

            The Modern
            9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

            Park Avenue Cafe
            100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

            Quality Meats
            57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

            Blue Smoke
            116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

            The Breslin
            20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

            Maialino
            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            SD26
            19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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            1. re: kathryn

              How was A Voce? I was thinking of doing their dinner RW menu at A Voce Columbus on a Sunday.

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              A Voce
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: InfoMofo

                It was solid but not somewhere I'd be running back to.

            2. We've enjoyed lunches at Maialino and EN during past RWs.

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              En Japanese Brasserie
              435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

              Maialino
              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

              1. I enjoyed Craftbar's RW lunch menu from last summer. To second other recommendations, I've also had regular lunch at the Breslin and SHO (they have a usual $25 lunch prix fixe though), and both places were very different but tasty and spectacular in their own way.

                Everyone has such high praise for Maialino; I'm running to make my own reservation now!

                In case you also wanted opinions for dinner, I loved the RW menu at The Modern Bar Room.

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                The Modern
                9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

                Craftbar
                900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

                SHO Shaun Hergatt
                40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

                The Breslin
                20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

                Maialino
                2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                1. I'm thinking of going to the Sunday dinner at Riverpark? I still haven't been, and I walk by all the time and the space looks cool. I thought RW might be a good low-pressure way to try it out...

                  There was a rave review for their January RW menu here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7375...

                  If anyone has gone for this RW cycle and has an opinion on the July menu, please let me know.

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                  Riverpark
                  450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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                  1. re: InfoMofo

                    This is from NYPost's recent article about RW:

                    "And Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark is offering a menu with a huge array of options, a choice of eight dinner entrees that boast everything from Berkshire pork chop to squid-ink chitarra pasta with calamari, octopus and shrimp."

                      1. re: InfoMofo

                        We have a res tomorrow - I will report back.

                        1. re: uwsister

                          Just wanted to say - we had a fantastic dinner at Riverpark tonight. It truly was a steal for RW price - they certainly didn't skimp on anything. I'll come back w/ details when I have a little more time but wanted to let y'all know. The terrace was quite lovely too - and the weather should stay perfect next few days :)