Hear ye, hear ye! Lovers of cuisine and a bargain rejoice! Restaurant Week is finally upon us.
From July 22 until August 16, Restaurant Week will be in full bloom. For those of you who have never experienced Restaurant Week, I’ll tell you right now that you’re missing out. What you can expect from Restaurant Week is being able to dine out at some of the priciest restaurants in New York at a lower cost for three courses. Lunches are $25 and dinners are $38 at participating restaurants. However, you may have to pay more depending on certain items on the menu or the addition of drinks. For instance, Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien allows you to order almost everything on the menu for the flat rates during Restaurant Week, except for items like their Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata which is $100 for the regular one ounce caviar and $1000 for the super size ten ounce caviar. It would have been pretty rad to order something at a normal cost of $1000 for $25 though. Wishful thinking I guess.
Dining out to the tens always feels good but nothing feels better than finishing up all your hard work at the office, looking like you’re dressed for success and then waltzing through SoHo to meet your friends for a well deserved three course meal. Posh accents were maintained for about the first ten minutes before we fell back into our normal speech patterns and used words like “dope” and “stupid good” to describe the food that was being placed in front of us.
Let’s jump on the dining roller coaster shall we?
First Course: Appetizer
Let me describe the two appetizers that are shown above. The Asparagus and Burrata Salad was ordered by myself and included a cut of watermelon topped with tomato, prosciutto, asparagus and burrata cheese with assorted sauces and spices. It was refreshing but filling, especially for an appetizer. The Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake was ordered by one of my friends who is obsessed with crab cakes and this was a winner in his book. In addition to obvious ingredients like the pretzels and crab meat there were also green beans, old bay applesauce and frisée.
Second Course: The Main Dish
I ordered the Grilled Branzino, which is a type of European sea bass, however it looked and tasted like salmon and I’m almost positive it was salmon since branzino is a white fish but it was good no matter the species. The fish was served over a bed of quinoa and roasted carrots, topped with almonds and a citrus glaze.
Third Course: Dessert
When it came to desserts, they all looked equally enticing. My two dining partners were in agreement that we all order different desserts and share. Of course we took bites of one another’s but found the most happiness in our own choices. We certainly know how to indulge. Going off of the top photo, the dessert in the top left corner was the Frozen Yogurt Sundae with red velvet cake and a strawberry compote with a side of frozen yogurt. The dessert in the top right was the Passion Fruit Meringue Pie with mango coulis and vanilla bean ice cream. The dessert on the bottom was the dessert I ordered which was the Smoked Caramel and Chocolate Tart with candied cashews and raspberry sherbet.
Had I not dined during Restaurant Week and ordered all these same dishes I would have spent well over $50. Not only are you getting a deal but you’re getting specialized menus and dining around those who are just as eager to sink their teeth into delicacies they can finally appreciate. Dine during Restaurant Week while you still have the time.