NYC Restaurant Week 2012 Suggestions Please!
The list is long but contains a few gems. Unfortunately fewer gems than previous years. Many restaurants on that list are not all that interesting; after all, the cream of the crop doesn't really need the advertising that RW brings in.
The better ones are the ones that usually have a weekday lunch prix fixe year round or something similar on the menu (Aldea, Maialino, Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud, Gotham Bar & Grill, Tulsi, Junoon, etc).
Are you interested in lunch or dinner? Are you available to dine during the week for lunch? If so, that opens a LOT of options.
In the past I've heard raves about Riverpark, Quality Meats, Toloache, and Park Ave Summer. I'd personally say that North End Grill may work as well -- Danny Meyer restaurants usually do a good job when they participate (many of them no longer do).
See also existing discussion here:
Hey, thanks. I've been to Riverpark before and liked it. I was originally looking for dinner but lunch is an option too. During the week is actually preferred so that's a plus. Do you know of any of the restaurants are farm to table type restaurants? I'll eat anything really but my date isn't a big meat eater. Why do you think? North end grill looks good.
I think it's because the farm to table restaurants pride themselves on their ingredients, and good, local ingredients are often on the pricier side. The prices of $24.07 and $35 for lunch and dinner during Restaurant Week haven't really kept up with inflation or rising food costs or anything. It's also supposedly been a "loss leader," but many of the restaurants that used to participate (like Gramercy Tavern) no longer do. However, I do recall that GT and Union Square Cafe did their own versions of RW, called "Harvest Week" or something.