Updated: Aug 16
NYC Restaurant Week kicks off July 18! The month-long culinary celebration showcases restaurants throughout New York City, all of which offer multi-course, prix-fixe dining experiences.
With a seemingly endless array of restaurants from which to choose, we will be providing a borough-by-borough breakdown of participating restaurants worth considering, including recommendations from our BHS NYC agents.
Here are our Manhattan selections!
With world-class seafood dishes and presentation to match, it's no wonder Vestry earned a Michelin Star. Its Restaurant Week menu offers some of Vestry's most popular dishes, including fresh Atlantic salmon and Waygu beef served with miso mustard and mushrooms.
Lido is easily one of our top-recommended restaurants, just ask Ivonne Velasquez, Deb Miller, and Traci Byers of our Harlem office! The authentic Italian eatery boasts an extensive Restaurant Week menu that spans four courses. Among the highlights is the Black Squid Ink Linguini, made with shrimp, scallops, and calamari.
Tao Uptown (Upper East Side)
This multi-level Asian fusion restaurant is as festive as it is decadent. Perfect for any celebratory gathering, it is known to draw a bustling nighttime crowd. If you prefer to go during the day however, you're in luck! The generous, three-course Restaurant Week lunch menu includes classics like Kung Pao Chicken and Tuna Poke, and more unique options like the Crying Tiger Hangar Steak, served with vegetables and spiced yuca fries.
Mezze on the River (Battery Park)
Take in scenic Hudson River views while enjoying fine Mediterranean fare at this newly opened restaurant. There are several delicious options, including the Filet Mignon Skewers, which are adorned with a cremini mushroom glaze and chimichurri.
La Brasserie (NoMad)
Inspired by the concept of the French brasserie — a casual restaurant with a social atmosphere and ingredient-driven dishes — La BRASSERIE stays true to its name. Among the standouts on its RW menu is the Grilled Branzinio, served with spiced couscous, fennel, avocado, grapefruit, and a curry olive oil Vinaigrette.
Empire Steak House (Midtown East and West)
For a lunch that is bound to impress your-co workers, visit Empire Steak House. With only three locations worldwide—two in Manhattan and one in Tokyo—it is certainly a unique treat. The RW menu is Italian-inspired, offering classics like chicken parmigiana, lobster ravioli, and broiled filet of salmon.
The Latin cuisine served at Maya is rooted in tradition—but with a contemporary twist. Helmed by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, the dishes are prepared using authentic ingredients and creative techniques that appeal to modern tastes. A great example is the Vegan Molè—part of the Restaurant Week menu. It is made with roasted cauliflower and served with chayote squash.
Serving contemporary European-fusion cuisine in a chic setting, Batard is perfect for a romantic evening or an intimate gathering with friends—you'll just want to make sure you make your reservation at least two days in advance. On the Restaurant Week menu is the Carnaroli Risotto, which features summer squash, cherry tomatoes, chives, and goat cheese.
Mercer Kitchen (SoHo)
Recommended by Rudi Hanja, Mercer Kitchen is located at the Mercer Hotel. Since 1998, the restaurant has been a favorite among locals and visiting celebrities alike. For Restaurant week, enjoy a two-course lunch with elevated American fare like pan roasted prawns and the restaurant's signature, organic grass-fed burger.
ilili's menu is a celebration of Lebanese cuisine and culture. The restaurant's chefs carefully curated a Restaurant Week menu that provides a comprehensive representation of Lebanese flavors and ingredients. Begin with plates of hummus and baba ghannouj followed by the restaurant's signature Lebanese Roasted Chicken, served with lavender date jus, and zaatar pomme anna.
Nougatine (Upper West Side)
The more casual—though just as elegant—counterpart to Jean-Georges, Nougatine was recommended by Julie Delf-Smith. A globally acclaimed chef, Georges has overseen nearly 50 fine dining establishments. Start off with a refreshing watermelon and goat cheese salad before diving into the chef's succulent roasted chicken, made with a sweet soy jam.