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NYC Restaurant Week

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What have you got on your schedule from January 22nd to February 9th? If you’re anywhere near the Cole Apartments in NYC, you might want to clear some time to do some good eating. NYC Restaurant Week is coming, and it’s bringing with it some of the best food the city has to offer:

“Every summer and winter, NYC Restaurant Week® returns with dining deals at restaurants all across New York. From trendy newcomers to top-notch hotel restaurants to some of the city’s best fine-dining restaurants, the three-week event draws bargain-hunting New York diners to try out and revisit old favorites serving cheap eats.”

So, where will you need to go and what will you need to do to experience the sumptuous food, fine drink, and other assorted delights? Keep reading, as we explore all the pertinent details surrounding NYC Restaurant Week and what you’ll need to get in on the action.

First, Some Specifics…

Much of the preliminary details you’ll need to know comes trait from the NYC Official Guide, and, more specifically, the About NYC Restaurant page. Of particular note, you’ll find, is the fact that “reservations open January 8th.” What’s this? Are reservations required for a spot at the table at one of these fine establishments during restaurant week?

The short answer is “no,” however, you’ll need to bear in mind that reservations are highly recommended:

“Reservations are highly recommended. However, the NYC Restaurant Week menu is offered to all guests, including walk-ins. We encourage you to make reservations via our program sponsor, OpenTable.”

Sounds good. Let’s explore the OpenTable page further. They’ve got an easy menu to arrange for reservations at different restaurants at different times and various regions around the city. You can even filter by the type of food you’d like to enjoy, top rated options, and different table categories. They’ve even got the “fine print” up front and center so you know what the deal is:

“$29 Lunch / Brunch & $42 Dinner. Enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants. Saturdays excluded, Sundays optional. Beverage, gratuities and taxes not included. Not all restaurants are participating in Lunch and Dinner.”

So, what are some of these restaurants? There are near 400 restaurants participating around the city, so covering them all today would be nigh-impossible. Even in the Upper East Side, where we’ll concentrate our efforts here, there are 24 participating restaurants listed, so let’s just take a peek at some of the most attractive options, shall we?

Tavern62 By David Burke

If you’re looking to experience food delivered with a big name attached, you might want to seek out Tavern62, brainchild of Chef David Burke. You might recognize the name from Iron Chef America, where he was narrowly edged out by Bobby Flay. Alternatively, you might remember the time he dished on the eating habits of President Donald Trump, but, either way, you’ll recognize that Burke is a big deal in the cooking world, and a restaurant with his name on it is backed by the mind of one who’s well versed in the craft.

As for Tavern62 itself, you’ll find a well-designed bar and lounge space, including main dining room, private dining spaces, and even a solarium, along with a menu of American-themed food straight from the chef’s playbook:

“The menu features American plates as a reflection of chef Burke’s contemporary approach to cooking, with a nod to elevated New York classics, paired with a curated wine list, craft beers and a specialty cocktail program.”

Everything is operated from one of Burke’s lieutenants, Executive Chef Ed Cotton, so you can rest assured that the quality here is of the highest order.

Fig & Olive Uptown

If you’re looking for what’s “hot in the streets,” you need look no further than Fig & Olive, a mediterranean style eatery with a contemporary and minimalist approach. That’s not to say that the food is lacking for flair, though. Everything here is well-prepared and served with a stylish edge:

“With Fig & Olive’s attention to detail, you are guaranteed a consistently good meal. The jamon Serrano, fresh fig and warm goat cheese appetizer is a fantastic salty-sweet signature dish. Olive oil is, of course, a staple ingredient in most dishes, and when you find one (or a few) that you like, you can pick up a bottle to take home with you from the on-premise shop.”

You’ll leave happy and full after a meal here, perhaps even with a few goodies in tow, so be sure to add this one to your short list.

Haru Third Avenue

For something with some Far-East appeal, you’ll want to check out Haru Third Avenue, one of the “first and best-loved Japanese restaurants on the Upper East Side.” Here, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in terms of fine Japanese cuisine served in a stylish environment:

“A neighborhood stalwart that has provided great sushi since 1997, the restaurant completed a gut renovation in December 2014. Offerings include lunch, dinner, catering, private events, delivery/takeout, happy hour and outdoor dining.”

Great sushi and a great decor? That’s more than enough for most, so make it a point to reserve a table and check it out if you’re a sushi super-fan.

NYC Restaurant Week Buzz

Being a big deal, NYC Restaurant Week has attracted more than its fair share of attention. Travel Pulse is so fond of what’s on offer, they even recommend it to folks outside the city, stating that “travelers who love to eat should be heading to New York City for a celebration of culinary creations.” They’ve even got the lowdown on some of the extras that come along with the restaurant week festivities:

“NYC & Company is also running an Instagram photo contest from NYC Restaurant Week’s official account, @nycrestaurantweek, that will award three weekly winners, one for each week of the program. To participate, users who share images of their favorite NYC Restaurant Week dishes and include the hashtag #NYCRestaurantWeek can win $250 in gift cards from participating restaurants.”

All told, it’s going to be a riveting event to experience, so be sure to carve out some time to get to at least one of the great restaurants on the list and have the eating experience of a lifetime.

The Cole Apartments NYC Get You Near It All

That is, if you want to try out some of those restaurants on the Upper East Side and have a place of your own nearby to retreat to once it’s all said and done. The Cole is one of the neighborhood’s finest communities, replete with gorgeous living spaces and the very best when it comes to resident amenities. Be sure to give it a look and put it on your list for New York City living done right.