Reservations are now open for the Winter 2023 edition of NYC Restaurant Week, which will run from January 17 to February 12.
As of writing, there are 491 participating restaurants (30 of which are on the Upper West Side), with each offering prix-fixe menus in addition to their regular fare.
Specials include 2-course lunches and 3-course dinners, with options at $30, $45 and $60 (qualifying meals are determined by each restaurant). These prices do not include drinks, tips or taxes.
Prix Fixe menus will be available from Monday–Friday during the course of Restaurant Week; Saturdays are excluded and Sunday participation is optional and varies by restaurant.
Here’s a list of this year’s participating UWS restaurants (click each link for details, menus and to book a table):
NYC Restaurant Week goes back to 1992, when it 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 (outside of 2020). Since its inception, Restaurant Week has grown wildly in popularity and participation.
Learn more and view all participating restaurants here.
Diner beware: in many if the menus I’ve checked, the prix fixe options are not much less expensive than ordering a la carte but limit you to a few combinations of apps and mains. They also used to be cheaper, more interesting, and offer choices that weren’t on the regular menu.
In my experience some restaurants require or expect all people at the table to order from the same menu so if my dining partner wants the multicourse meal that has no good options for me. I have to order more and spend more than suits me.