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Jul 9, 2012 12:21 AM

NYC 2012 Summer Restaurant Week Menu Released

Personally, I think this event is getting less and less exiting, given the limited number of popular restaurants participating and the overall less-than-exciting menu,

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  1. I don't see how they can keep the prices still at $24.07 and $35 and NOT expect restaurants to drop out. I think it's been at those prices for 4-5 years now.

    1. Based on my experience during the past Winter Restaurant Week, I think both Quality Meats and Toloache's lunch offerings are totally worth it. I was so impressed that I'm planning on going back to both restaurants for this RW.

      My photos from past RW meals, if anyone's interested:

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      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        I will try both Quality Meats and Toloache's lunch offerings soon. Thanks! :)

        1. re: kosmose7

          Since it looks like Quality Meats's Summer RW menu is the same as their Winter RW, I'd recommend getting the steak tartare over the diver scallops for appetizer. You can probably tell from the photos that the tartare is a more substantial portion. It was super delicious too. :)

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            Yeah, I can see that the portion is humongous! Thanks for the tip. :)

      2. Agree completely. Sadly, it seems the good places that participate don't really use it as originally intended - to give a taste of what they can do to win over potential new customers. Instead they put out "dumbed down" menus that aren't indicative of their kitchen's capabilities. They may be perfectly good for the price, but they're not a deal by any stretch. For example, the Ai Fiori menu is mostly things that would never be on their normal menu... They may be great, and a deal at $24, but it's not really giving a taste of the Ai Fiori experience. Or Cafe Boulud - who the heck goes to CB for Trout Almondine or Hanger Steak with Pomme Rosti? Which of those is going to show us flashes of Gavin Kaysen's creative brilliance? (Bar Boulud & Boulud Sud actually look like they have decent menus, though)

        I give kudos to David Burke, who always fills the prix fixe with options from his regular menus - nothing made "special" (i.e. dumbed down) just for the week. At DB Kitchen, every app is available, and seven of the eight entrees, though a couple carry supplements. Even if the entrees got half-portioned or something (it doesn't say) - for the price, that'd still be a good deal. I haven't looked at every menu, but there are a few places that seem to have put together decent options for their prix fixes - Toloache, Rayuela, Tocqueville, a few others.

        That said, the list in general is pretty crappy. There are only maybe a dozen decent restaurants on the list to begin with...

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        1. re: sgordon

          The ones with decent menus tend to be the ones that already have weekday lunch prix fixes year around, like Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud.

        2. I have a one night layer on Friday, August 3rd. I arrive after lunch and leave Saturday morning after breakfast. Are there any restaurants y'all would recommend for Friday night dinner or Saturday morning breakfast? I would love to find a good Italian restaurant with house made pasta, but I am open to any suggestions from the restaurant week list. Thanks!

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          1. re: lcbailey81

            Saturdays are typically excluded from Restaurant Week, as is breakfast.

            RW is lunch and/or dinner, Monday through Friday, with Sundays being optional.

            I noticed you already posted a similar inquiry thread here:

            1. re: kathryn

              That thread is for ANY restaurant recommendations. Right here I am specifically asking for recommendations from RW.

              1. re: lcbailey81

                On your other post, you say you can spend up to $60 before tax, tip, wine/drinks. But RW dinner is $35 before tax, tip, wine/drinks. I looked at the RW list and sorted by Italian and Dinner and the prospects are not very promising. Maybe Po or SD26? On the other hand, if you can spend up to $60 you can get a much better meal elsewhere.

                1. re: kathryn

                  I can spend up to $60 but if I can get a good restaurant with RW then by all means I would love to save money! But as you say I may just be better off going to one of the other restaurants you recommended and spend more money. Thanks!

          2. So we'll be there...thinking Mailino, menu looks great. Any other thoughts? Saw DB Kitchen which we're also considering. Like the Gramercy/Village area but willing to move around. Also PO - what think you?

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            1. re: berkleybabe

              Maialino was very nice for RW last winter - note that they offer a 35 lunch all the time-in winter they offered both the 24 and 35 menu.
              While they don't have the menu posted, Riverpark the last few RW's had a wide selection for the RW menu-I'm thinking 5 selections for starters and mains and 3 for dessert.

              1. re: David W

                I remember Riverpark's offering being quite impressive when I was there for RW dinner a year ago ( It's too bad it's rather hard to get to if you don't have a car. Otherwise, I'd go there regularly.

                1. re: Cheeryvisage

                  Without a car? What? It's, like, four blocks from the subway.

                  1. re: sgordon

                    It's not too convenient from where I live due to train transfers and walking in this summer heat just isn't fun. :/

                      1. re: Ricky

                        Yes, but still about 40-45 minutes of travel time for me (about the same as / not that much shorter than getting to Flushing). :)

                        1. re: Cheeryvisage

                          Reserved Riverpark yesterday for RW. Last summer's was one of the best restaurant meals we've had, not just RW.