NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2020 will run from January 21st to February 9th, and reservations were open as of January 8th. Participating restaurants are offering two-course lunches for $26 and three-course dinners for $42.
Each year, some of the best Upper West Side restaurants use this event to attract lots of new diners to their establishments with their discounted menus.
Here are the Upper West Side Restaurants Participating this Season:
- Rosa Mexicano – view menu – book here
- Bar Boulud – view menu – book here
- Smoke Jazz & Supper Club – view menu – book here
- Boulud Sud – view menu – book here
- Haru – view menu – book here
- Lincoln Ristorante – view menu – book here
- The Ribbon – view menu – book here
- Tarallucci e Vina – view menu – book here
- La Sirene – view menu – book here
- ‘Cesca – view menu – book here
- Tavern on the Green – view menu – book here
- Nice Matin – view menu – book here
- Sarabeth’s – view menu – book here
- Storico – view menu – book here
- Shun Lee West – book here
- Nougatine – book here
- Atlantic Grill – book here
- Burke & Wills – book here
- The Leopard at des Artistes – book here
- Elea – book here
- Maison Pickle – book here
You can also browse through all participating restaurants throughout NYC and book them here.
For additional recommendations, check out this list of great NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2020 deals by Thrillist.com (they’ve included Smoke, Bar Boulud, and Tavern on the Green).
The History of NYC Restaurant Week
The history of NYC Restaurant Week goes back to its creation date in 1992. Restaurant Week was created by Tim Zagat and Joe Baum. Since then, it has been occurring twice per year in both NYC and in cities throughout the country.
Since its inception, Restaurant Week has grown wildly in popularity and participation, with virtually every New York City publication covering the food fest each year.
How NYC Restaurant Week Works
Participating restaurants offer deals on prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus for much less than they normally charge. This is done in order to fill tables and to introduce unfamiliar New Yorkers with their cuisines. Even though the restaurants are charging much less than they usually do, their volume of clientele increases, making it a worthwhile investment for them.
Each year, there is a winter and summer edition, both of which last longer than a week, despite the name of the historic event. The winter edition usually goes from late January to early February, and the summer event goes from late June to early July.
One thing that makes Restaurant Week so popular is the quality of the restaurants which participate. Some of the most popular (and most expensive) NYC restaurants have signed up for many years. And a lot of these restaurants have prices which are out of reach for many New Yorkers.