Restaurant week is a time-honored tradition in New York City. It’s a magical time, one that happens only twice annually, in which fancier restaurants open their doors to those who may not normally be able to afford their food, and offer meals at reduced prices. I mean, let’s face it: a time of inexpensive meals at fancy restaurants? Who could turn that down?

Great news: NYC’s restaurant week is returning in the winter. It is running from January 18th to February 5th in the new year. Over 300 restaurants that serve all sorts of culinary fare are embracing the tradition. That is over 300 opportunities to try something new.

That is also over 300 restaurants to choose from. I know we’d all like restaurant week to be every week of the year, but it only runs for three weeks. So instead of leaving you without direction, I have compiled a list to help all New York City restaurant-goers. Below are five restaurants that I would recommend you visit for NYC’s January-February restaurant week, based on participants in previous restaurant weeks. Check them out!


Boulud Sud

20 West 64th St.

If you are craving some Mediterranean and/or French food, look no further than this upscale restaurant on the Upper West Side. It has unique dishes with impeccable presentation, such as a signature Ratatouille and Oeuf Mollet, which surprises even those who have eaten Ratatouille in Paris. Don’t forget to get the Grapefruit Givré for dessert! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking to eat a delicious and visually appealing meal.

Empellon Cocina

105 1st Ave.

Looking for some Mexican food? Then, Empellon Cocina is the place to go. Located in the East Village, a short walk from the Astor Pl. 6 train stop, is this trendy spot with some of the best Mexican food in the city. I would recommend going with the Seafood Urchin Guacamole for a unique start to the night. Also, the mushroom tacos are divine. Get on the list for Empellon Cocina if you want a satisfying authentic Mexican meal!


450 East 29th St.

Before I tell you about its delicious New American food, let me just applaud the service at Riverpark. Never have I been waited on by a friendlier, more attentive staff that will make suggestions based on taste preferences and patiently go through each item on the menu with you if requested. And don’t even get me started on the food. Every dish at this restaurant has a fantastic taste and original flair. If you aren’t sure where to start, ask a waiter what they suggest (and, remember, you can never go wrong with Lobster Bisque!)


22 East 13th St.

This restaurant is a must-visit based on its Italian/Japanese fusion elements. Dishes like Parmesan Dashi Ramen add an Italian spin to traditional Japanese dishes, and do not disappoint. I would recommend ordering a combination of Italian food (such as starting with their Polpette Alla Veneziana a.k.a veal meatballs) and Japanese/Italian fusion dishes. This will give you the full experience at this wonderful restaurant.

American Cut

363 Greenwich St.

Sometimes, all you need is a well-prepared steak, and American Cut will give you just that. Iron Chef Marc Forgione owns this restaurant, and the food, service, and ambience are all excellent. There is a wide selection of entrees and appetizers, all of which are phenomenal, and there is an extensive wine list. Go to this place for any kind of steak imaginable, and prepare to be satisfied!