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How to eat in NYC for a fraction of the usual price

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If you’re heading to New York City in the coming weeks and love a good meal – and a good deal – you’ve picked a brilliant time to visit the Big Apple.

New York Restaurant Week is an event held twice a year during which participating restaurants in NYC offer prix-fixe lunches and dinners. 

The summer 2018 event starts on July 23 and runs until August 17. During this time, you can dine at some of NYC’s finest restaurants, often for a fraction of the usual prices. So if you’ve dreamed of dining somewhere special on a holiday to New York City but were put off by the prices, this is the time to do it.

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Claudette in Greenwich Village. Source: Claudette

The deal means you can get a two-course fixed-price lunch for US$26 (approx AU$35), and/or a three-course fixed-price dinner (with dessert) for US$42 (approx AU$57). In case you don’t speak “American,” the two-course lunch includes an appetiser and an entrée (that’s an entrée and a main course in non-US lingo). 

More than 380 restaurants are taking part this summer, with some 33 individual cuisines represented. The majority of restaurants are located in Manhattan, but the other four boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island) are also represented.

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Nougatine at Jean-Georges on the Upper West Side. Source: Francesco Tonellio

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Some of the more famous restaurants participating include the iconic Russian Tea Room (with its 4.5metre-high juggling bear made of glass) and The Tavern on the Green in Central Park, where movies including Wall Street, Ghostbusters and Beaches have all filmed scenes. 

You can also eat in The Dining Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (scenes from this year’s Ocean’s 8 starring Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett were filmed in the museum). The restaurant was previously exclusive to Met members and only opened its doors to the general public last (US) summer.

If you want to be able to do some serious name-dropping, try Cut by Wolfgang Puck in downtown Manhattan or Nobu Downtown (über-famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro are just two of the collaborators here).

There are more than 10 restaurants on the list with a Michelin star, including a new listing, The Clocktower, located on the second floor of the New York Edition Hotel. The food here is contemporary cuisine with British sensibilities – which all makes sense when you learn that the chef is the Gordon Ramsay-trained British wünderkind, Jason Atherton.

There’s even a restaurant called Red Rooster in Harlem – but it’s very different to Red Rooster in Australia!

Now in its 26th year, New York Restaurant Week runs twice a year: summer (June/July) and winter (January/February).Saturdays are excluded, Sundays are optional, some restaurants offer lunch or dinner only, and in all establishments, tax, tip and drinks are not included.

To view a full list of participants, browse menus and make reservations, go to

Bon appetit!

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Catch NYC in the Meatpacking District. Source: Catch NYC

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