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RW reservations for 2014 Winter NYC

pandoraone Jan 31, 2014 09:20 AM

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. loratliff RE: pandoraone Jan 31, 2014 09:29 AM

    EMP and Le Bernardin do not participate in RW.

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      pandoraone RE: loratliff Jan 31, 2014 12:10 PM

      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?

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        kathryn RE: pandoraone Jan 31, 2014 12:33 PM

        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.

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      thegforceny RE: pandoraone Jan 31, 2014 10:06 AM

      Wait for the list to be published of which spots are participating. http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/

      Call the restaurant and make a reservation.

      More information on RW:

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      1. re: thegforceny
        littlecmad RE: thegforceny Jan 31, 2014 01:12 PM

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

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          kathryn RE: littlecmad Jan 31, 2014 01:30 PM

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

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            littlecmad RE: kathryn Jan 31, 2014 01:54 PM

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

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        kathryn RE: pandoraone Jan 31, 2014 12:35 PM

        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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          pandoraone RE: kathryn Jan 31, 2014 03:48 PM

          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?


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            kathryn RE: pandoraone Jan 31, 2014 06:04 PM

            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.

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          David W RE: pandoraone Jan 31, 2014 04:43 PM

          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.


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            amethyst12 RE: pandoraone Feb 7, 2014 06:56 PM

            OpenTable has a list of participating restaurants here:

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              pandoraone RE: amethyst12 Feb 7, 2014 07:38 PM

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

              1. re: pandoraone
                loratliff RE: pandoraone Feb 7, 2014 08:26 PM

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

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                  littlecmad RE: loratliff Feb 10, 2014 07:38 AM

                  Where is Bar Boulud's RW dinner menu?

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                    loratliff RE: littlecmad Feb 10, 2014 04:57 PM

                    Another question easily answered by the Google/a little research. ;) http://www.nycgo.com/assets/files/pro...

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                      littlecmad RE: loratliff Feb 12, 2014 04:17 PM

                      That only shows the LUNCH pre-fixe!

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                      amethyst12 RE: littlecmad Feb 10, 2014 06:22 PM

                      Bar Boulud is only offering lunch for restaurant week.

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                        littlecmad RE: amethyst12 Feb 12, 2014 04:18 PM

                        The RW list shows/says they are having Dinner!

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                          kathryn RE: littlecmad Feb 12, 2014 05:01 PM

                          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

              2. loratliff RE: pandoraone Feb 7, 2014 08:30 PM

                Now that the list is out, I have to say that it's much better than I remember it being for the past few years. I noticed Casa Mono on this year's list—have they always done RW? I don't recall seeing them before.

                Other notables that I believe are new: The Dutch, Empellon Cocina, Empellon Taqueria, Goat Town, Fonda, Hakkasan, Lafayette, The Marrow, Monkey Bar.

                Obviously, some places might still be serving sub-par menus, but it's nice to see some new names on what was a stale, staid list.

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                  City Kid RE: loratliff Feb 8, 2014 05:44 AM

                  loratiff: where do you see the list? The site indicates coming soon.

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                    Ziggy41 RE: City Kid Feb 8, 2014 06:18 AM


                    I agree, a lot of popular spots are included this year. Even the new Butter in midtown. Tho some like Maialino and Lincoln offer lunches only.

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                      kathryn RE: Ziggy41 Feb 8, 2014 06:37 AM

                      Maialino has participated before in RW for lunch (I've eaten there for RW), not sure about Lincoln. Both have a lunch prix fixe year round but it's more expensive.

                  2. re: loratliff
                    kathryn RE: loratliff Feb 8, 2014 06:36 AM

                    I believe Casa Mono is new.

                    I recall seeing Hakkasan before though, and they typically have some sort of lunch prix fixe year round.

                    Just checked Empellon Taqueria's site and they usually have a lunch prix fixe anyway.

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                    RogueFoodie RE: pandoraone Feb 8, 2014 06:59 AM

                    Do you guys know when the menus will come out? Do you think they will come out once nycgo.com/restaurantweek is officially up?

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                    1. re: RogueFoodie
                      kathryn RE: RogueFoodie Feb 8, 2014 07:23 AM

                      Technically reservations open Monday according to the Nycgo Facebook page. So probably then.

                      You can probably find a handful of menus on restaurant web sites, or via Google.

                      1. re: kathryn
                        Ziggy41 RE: kathryn Feb 8, 2014 07:38 AM

                        Mialino's menu is up.. http://maialinonyc.com/CMS/files/glob...

                        nothing for Lincoln

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                          loratliff RE: Ziggy41 Feb 8, 2014 10:40 AM

                          Maialino's menu is almost exactly the same has it has been for all past RW. Having said that, it was a nice meal.

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                      littlecmad RE: pandoraone Feb 10, 2014 08:16 AM

                      I'm considering Delmonico's Kitchen for RW but never been to Del's at all and wondering what is the Delmonico Steak. My husband usually prefer's a NY Strip. Thanks!

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                      1. re: littlecmad
                        thegforceny RE: littlecmad Feb 10, 2014 09:02 AM

                        You seem to ask quite a few questions that can be found via simple online searches.


                        "The Delmonico Steak served by the current iteration of Delmonico's in New York is a boneless ribeye.[3]"


                        "Delmonico Steak 49
                        Our Signature Steak: Vintage All Natural Boneless Rib Eye"


                        1. re: thegforceny
                          littlecmad RE: thegforceny Feb 10, 2014 12:22 PM

                          I looked on the delmonico's website, but didn't see it there. No reason to be impish. Thank you.

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                            thegforceny RE: littlecmad Feb 10, 2014 01:03 PM

                            It's a Boneless Rib Eye.

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                          City Kid RE: littlecmad Feb 10, 2014 09:29 AM

                          I did RW at Delmonico's several years ago and it was awful -- including the steak.

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                            RogueFoodie RE: littlecmad Feb 14, 2014 07:51 AM

                            I actually really enjoyed the Delmonico Steak.
                            It has lots of marbling, so its extremely flavorful and tender.

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                            amethyst12 RE: pandoraone Feb 10, 2014 04:16 PM

                            The official list is up at nycgo, many of the restaurants have menus posted.

                            1. loratliff RE: pandoraone Feb 10, 2014 05:00 PM

                              Sort of awkward that The General seems to have released their internal RW menu, with their kitchen costs: http://www.nycgo.com/assets/files/pro.... Basically, your $25 meal there costs them about $8.

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                                Shirang RE: loratliff Feb 10, 2014 05:29 PM

                                Good catch, thought someone "classcially trained" wouldnt let that slip.

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                                  Monica RE: loratliff Feb 10, 2014 06:32 PM

                                  I don't believe it cost 4 bucks to make donuts...I know it has mascapone cheese but still....

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                                    Ttrockwood RE: loratliff Feb 10, 2014 09:11 PM

                                    Haha! Interesting to see....

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