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Jan 31, 2014 09:20 AM

RW reservations for 2014 Winter NYC

Hi Everyone,

New to the forums here! I am going to be visiting some family in NY during (luckily) restaurant week in NYC. I was wondering how to make reservations and if two restaurants I wanted to go to (Eleven Madison Park and Le Bernardin) for lunch/dinner.

I have always wanted to try those two places but could not afford them otherwise so this would be an incredible (and once-in-a-lifetime) opportunity for me. How do I go about making a RW reservation?

Also, on a side note: I am a pescatarian (Eat Fish and Veggies, no meat) - is it possible to go to those restaurants with my 'diet specifications' and enjoy a meal during RW?

Also, aside from these places, and 'must try' places for an dreaming foodie?

Thank you all!

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  1. EMP and Le Bernardin do not participate in RW.

    2 Replies
    1. re: loratliff

      Really? I had a co-worker who went to both (and their are reviews on Chowhound about people eating there during RW. Did they recently stop?

      When are the list of restaurants published?

      1. re: pandoraone

        EMP stopped participating in RW during 2010. They only serve lunch Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays now, and only serve the full tasting menu.

        I am not sure if Le Bernardin has ever participated in RW. Are you sure you are not confusing it with the City Harvest menu, served year-round?

        3 course City Harvest menu for $45 per person with $5 donated to City Harvest, only in the lounge, only 2 choices per course, weekdays only.

    2. Wait for the list to be published of which spots are participating.

      Call the restaurant and make a reservation.

      More information on RW:

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      1. re: thegforceny

        Any idea when the list is published and places start taking reservations?

        1. re: littlecmad

          About 2 weeks in advance, based upon last year. I would follow "NYCGo" on Twitter.

          1. re: kathryn

            Thanks! FYI, I happened upon Maialino's RW menu on their website!

      2. Unfortunately, the best of the best restaurants in NYC usually don't participate in RW 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!). They don't need to participate... because they are already popular enough.

        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.

        Instead, see who offers a reasonable prix fixe year round.

        Best lunch for under $60pp:

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        1. re: kathryn

          That's unfortunate but that's life! I work as a school teacher so my income is very limited but I want to try the 'finer' establishments in NYC.

          Do you have a suggestion of which of the restaurants in NYC that still participate in RW out of the 'best' or impossible for school-teachers like me to normally eat at would be a good choice?


          1. re: pandoraone

            Look for ones that do a ~$30 prix fixe lunch year round such as Tocqueville and Gotham Bar & Grill. See the link I posted for details.

            Riverpark (see below) is also a good suggestion. They have a somewhat inconvenient location by the river (but are excellent), so their location is probably is one of the reasons they participate.

            Also be sure to compare the RW menu to the regular menu at any restaurant so you can tell if they are not serving signature dishes or cutting corners.

        2. In the past several years, I've enjoyed the RW menus at Riverpark - they have had most of the menu available for the RW price.
          You didn't say where you'd be staying-in case a car is involved, I'd note Riverpark has parking that is free with validation at the restaurant, right below the restaurant.

            1. re: amethyst12

              Thanks! Made two reservations (Gotham Bar & Grill) and Cafe Boulud

              1. re: pandoraone

                Bar Boulud is good as well, if their menu tempts you. (Regardless, they do a $45 prix fixe year-round that's good.)

                1. re: loratliff

                  Where is Bar Boulud's RW dinner menu?

                  1. re: littlecmad

                    Another question easily answered by the Google/a little research. ;)

                    1. re: loratliff

                      That only shows the LUNCH pre-fixe!

                    2. re: littlecmad

                      Bar Boulud is only offering lunch for restaurant week.

                        1. re: littlecmad

                          Same menu for both says their web site.
                          Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2:30PM
                          Dinner: Sun-Mon 5:00PM-10:00PM
                          Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5:00PM-11:00PM
                          Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00PM-12:00AM
                          PRIX FIXE | THREE COURSES
                          LUNCH $25, DINNER $38
                          TAX AND GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED
                          SOUPE DE CHOUX FLEUR
                          cauliflower soup, charred scallions
                          saffron fleurette, capers, marcona almonds

                          SALADE DE CRESSON
                          watercress salad, poached leeks, cucumber
                          tarragon, shallot dressing

                          PÂTÉ GRAND-MÈRE
                          fine country pâté, chicken liver
                          pork and cognac

                          roasted atlantic skate, roasted parsnips
                          braised endive, purple mustard sauce

                          daily selection
                          housemade pork sausage

                          GNOCCHI DE CAROTTES
                          carrot gnocchi, harissa sauce

                          BUERRE NOISETTE ET ANANAS COUPE
                          brown butter biscuit, caramel mousse
                          pineapple marmelade

                          CHOCOLATE ET COCO DE NOIX TARTE
                          coconut dacquoise, chocolate ganache
                          meyer lemon sorbet

                          GLACES ET SORBETS
                          chef’s selection
                          2 scoops of housemade sorbets and ice creams