RW reservations for 2014 Winter NYC
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!
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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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
fine country pâté, chicken liver
pork and cognac
roasted atlantic skate, roasted parsnips
braised endive, purple mustard sauce
housemade pork sausage
GNOCCHI DE CAROTTES
carrot gnocchi, harissa sauce
BUERRE NOISETTE ET ANANAS COUPE
brown butter biscuit, caramel mousse
CHOCOLATE ET COCO DE NOIX TARTE
coconut dacquoise, chocolate ganache
meyer lemon sorbet
GLACES ET SORBETS
2 scoops of housemade sorbets and ice creams