I say it every go-round, but some of you are new to the city or new to restaurant week (Jan 11-17th), so I’ll briefly repeat myself (click here for my full thoughts) – you want to book a restaurant week place that is going to be a great deal that you can’t get at any other time. That, to me, is the key to success for RW. There are a LOT of great places on that list that have prix-fixe menus all throughout the year that are $35 or less. I’ve rounded them up for you, so here are places to avoid.
A lot of really great places, like PS 7′s and Oya, tend to extend the deal for a few weeks, or months after. I’d recommend taking them up on that extension and not bending over backwards to get a table during RW proper.
That said, here is my short list of my best bets:
Lunch: 2941, Bourbon Steak, Volt, Westend Bistro
Dinner: Bibiana, Adour, Me Jana, Poste, Volt, Zentan, Willow, 1789