For those of you not familiar with Restaurant Week: It’s a celebration of New York City’s restaurants and dining out. Hundreds of restaurants offer deals for you to dine out without the price tags they normally carry. COVID-19 changed things but restaurant week lives on and you can now, again, score some fabulous deals at incredible restaurants for a fraction of their normal price!

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

Celebrate 30 years of dining out.

The world’s first Restaurant Week is back and celebrating its 30th anniversary. Explore the five boroughs through food, with 2-course lunches and 3-course dinners starting at $30. Choose from hundreds of participating restaurants, browse menus and make reservations today.

NYC Restaurant Week

So how does restaurant week really work?

During restaurant week (which is actually now three or four weeks), 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, in most cases, 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.

When does NYC Restaurant Week start and finish?

This year the summer restaurant week runs from July 18 to August 21.

How do you book tables for the special Restaurant Week deals?

It’s really very easy:

  1. Go to the official NYC Restaurant Week 2022 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. Book through the Book a Table button!

There are no catches, this is an official NYC-run organization and in partnership with all these wonderful restaurants. In many cases you’ll book through the restaurant directly because it’s such a normal part of their year now.

Try something new, try something delicious!

NYC Restaurants I recommend for NYC Restaurant week 2022

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

  • Jones Wood Foundry
  • Rosemary’s East
  • Beauty & Essex
  • Seamore’s
  • Hearth
  • Sona
  • Quality Eats
  • Socarrat

Check them out and let me know what you think (and your favorites) in the comments below!