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NYC Restaurant Week 2019

A couple sharing a platter of food at a restaurant

If you love food, there's little doubt you know about NYC Restaurant Week — the "amazing celebration of NYC's most fabulous pastime: dining out." This event always gets foodies around the apartments for rent in Manhattan hyped, and if you consider yourself a part of the bunch, there's a good chance you've been licking your chops waiting for things to kick off so you can sink your teeth into some delicious meal deals.

Now, Restaurant Week, which begins July 22nd and ends August 16th, is almost upon us, and as the anticipation grows, you might find yourself facing an interesting dilemma — which restaurants should you add to your list? Looking over Restaurant Week's current database, you can see that there are 381 participating establishments this time around. How's anyone suppose to make a choice with so many options?

Luckily, that's exactly what we're going to be helping you out with today. If you have a discerning palate and love variety when it comes to your meals, then you're going to want to read on, as we go over some of our top picks you should definitely try when you're hitting the town to experience NYC Restaurant Week.


No, we're not talking about the classic Boz Scaggs song, we're talking about Jo-Jo on East 64th Street. This is the first restaurant that the legendary Jean-Georges Vongerichten, way back in 1991, and bears the nickname that his mother would call him during his youth. Recently reopened in a lovely duplex townhouse on the Upper East Side, it's looking fresher and more modern than ever, but still holds that warm, down-to-earth aesthetic it always has. The food you'll find here is casual, well-priced, and, of course, delicious, so this will be a great pick regardless of whether you decide to come for lunch, brunch, or dinner.

Fig & Olive

You could probably guess by the name that Fig & Olive is all about the Mediterranean classics. Their location on Lexington Avenue gives you the perfect spot to dash in for a bite to eat on the Upper East Side, and it's close enough to spots like Bloomingdale's and the museums to make it a nice ending to a day out shopping or exploring. Fig & Olive has the true feel of a popular neighborhood spot, and that's further enhanced by all the great food. There's plenty to pick from, naturally, but make sure you get some of the Jamon Serrano while you're there — trust us, you won't regret it.

Bar Italia

No New York restaurant list, and we mean no New York restaurant list is complete without a great Italian option. If you're looking for something near the Upper East Side, Bar Italia on Madison Avenue is definitely an establishment to add to your favorites. It's small, for sure, but it's also cozy, welcoming, and has a plentiful menu to go along with the hearty portions of ambiance:

"The light cuisine includes a traditional Italian menu from all regions of Italy. Antipasti, salads, pastas, meat and fish dishes grace the menu, along with a nice selection of cocktails, wines and after-dinner drinks."
This is as great a spot as any to unwind with a fine wine while sharing a sumptuous meal with a close friend. So, for Restaurant Week, make sure to grab a buddy or two and plan an excursion to Bar Italia. While you're there, we highly recommend the Tartare di Salmone off the prix-fixe dinner menu.

Felice 64

Located on First Avenue, Felice 64 provides a rather focused wine bar experience, and is a first of the several Felice locations that dot Manhattan (more on that later). With wines being front and center here, you'll find plenty of variety, especially if you're a fan of Italian-styled wines that offer a rich, full, and pleasing flavor. They've got a wine list that includes over 100 different bottles of white, red, and sparkling wines, with 30 of these being offered by the glass. The great drink selection is accompanied by a lovely modern setting, and plenty of food to pair with your wines as well (inspired by the Italian tradition, of course).

Felice 83

We told you there was more of Felice to enjoy, and on the Upper East Side, you might also be interested in checking out Felice 83, which is also located on First Avenue. This location shares much in common with its sister establishment, and the rustic aesthetic will make for some cozy nights and warm meals, if you choose to make this one of your regular hangouts. For Restaurant Week, they're bringing the proverbial "A" game, with courses that include options like Gnocchi al Pesto, Salmone, Gazpacho, and sumptuous Polpettine.

David Burke Tavern

Iron Chef America veteran David Burke has made a name for himself in the world of restauranteurs, and if you're a fan of establishments with strong, chef-driven menus, his is a name you likely hold near and dear. The David Burke Tavern on East 62nd Street is where you can find Burke's "creative an contemporary approach to classic fare" on full display, with a range of brunch, lunch, and dinner options that are sure to blow you away. they've got a special lunch and dinner menu available for Restaurant Week, which includes fabulous courses like Roasted Branzino, Goat Cheese Ravioli, Roasted Salmon, and (a particular favorite) Roasted Scallops and Octopus.

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