For those of you not familiar with Restaurant Week: Traditionally it’s been a celebration of New York City’s restaurants and dining out. Hundreds of restaurants offer deals for you to dine out without great expense. This year, due to COVID-19, things have changed a little but restaurant week lives in (to go) and you can score some fabulous deals at incredible restaurants for a fraction of their normal price!

It’s best summed up by NYC Restaurant Weeks’ website:

Bring your favorite restaurants home.

After months of improvised outdoor seating, curbside pickup and deliveries to the highest of walk-ups, it’s clear: you love NYC restaurants, and NYC restaurants love you.

That’s why NYC Restaurant Week has been reimagined for this moment.

NYC Restaurant Week

So how does restaurant week really work?

This year it’s a little different:

NYC Restaurant Week To Go welcomes a new year with amazing meals at home for $20.21. Available for takeout or delivery during lunch or dinner, it’s the warmest way to dine this winter—and give thanks to the restaurants who keep serving through it all.

So what they’re offering is a range of incredible dining for only $20.21!

Generally during restaurant week restaurants book out fast so it’s exciting that with the option to take it to go, you don’t have to worry about that and try a whole range of wonderful foods. The best bit is that a lot of these restaurants are a bit fancier than normal and normally charge much more, that’s the real benefit of restaurant week!

Restaurants will normally provide a special “Restaurant Week Menu” which allows you to pick from a range of their favorite dishes for a fraction of the normal cost. They are providing delivery through the normal delivery platforms like Grubhub, Seamless, Caviar, and Uber Eats, and you will have delivered to your door something special that you might not normally consider for dining out.

How do you order the special deals?

It’s really very easy:

  1. Go to the official NYC Restaurant Week 2021 website
  2. Scroll down the page and find a location, lunch or dinner, service, cuisine or platform that you like the most
  3. Start saving (the little hearts) the one you like and looking through their menus
  4. Pick one that you love
  5. Order through the Order now button!

There are no catches, this is an official NYC run organization and in partnership with all these wonderful restaurants.

Try something new!

NYC Restaurants I recommend for NYC Restaurant week

So which are my favorite? Well, presented in no particular order:

  • Union Square Cafe
  • Minetta Tavern
  • Cote
  • Ivan Ramen
  • Red Rooster
  • Sushi on Jones

Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments below!