New York City restaurant week is a twice annual discount event that allows New York City foodies to enjoy select lunch and dinner menus at over 300 restaurants at a prixe fix of $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner. It has been expanded to a three week event and offers a great opportunity to try some wonderful restaurants throughout the city without breaking the bank. This year it continues to August 14th.
If you are a seafood or sushi lover, Atlantic Grill is always a delicious choice. This popular seafood brasserie located in the mid 70’s serves fresh and wonderfully prepared dishes. The atmosphere combines nautical elements and old world charm and the service is customer centric.
Atlantic Grill serves both lunch and dinner for restaurant week. The menu offers a choice of soup, salad or a shrimp basil roll with aioli for starters, a salmon dish, a pasta dish (we had shrimp carbonara that was delish) and a fish of the day for the entrees and the decadent dessert choices are a dark chocolate sundae with coffee ice cream or a seasonal blueberry shortcake. The lunch menu is equally interesting, but a bit lighter with smaller portions.
What we love about Atlantic Grill all year long is the great bar crowds and that the kitchen is open late, so you can enjoy a meal after the theatre or a movie or just because.
Address: 1344 Third Avenue at 77th Street
All New Yorkers love great Italian food and although the Upper Eastside has a myriad of choices, one of our favorites is Bar Italia located on Madison Avenue in the 60’s. The venue has a sense of elegance that is both inviting and comfortable. The chef prides himself on using local purveyors to incorporate the freshest, seasonal selections in his menus. The restaurant week lunch and dinner menus clearly reflect both the authenticity and the sustainability of this restaurant’s delicious food.
The Restaurant week dinner menu offers a choice of Beef Carpaccio with arugula, Grana Padano Cheese and truffle oil, Salmon Tartare with avocado or Buffalo Mozzarella Caprese. For the entrée there is a choice of Risotto, Swordfish or braised short ribs with soft polenta (our personal favorite) and traditional Tiramisu to complete the meal. The lunch menu is a slightly lighter version.
This is a charming restaurant with soft lighting and fine service with an excellent, popularly priced wine list.
Address: 768 Madison Ave. at 66th Street
Heading uptown on Second Avenue in the 80’s, we have the sense that we are on the Left Bank of Paris rather than the Upper Eastside of New York as we enter this charming Old World French Brasserie that combines a warm ambiance with delicious food. Restaurant week was my first dining experience at Café D’Alsace and it is now high on my “crave list” for the Upper East Side.
Café D’Alsace’s Restaurant Week Menu is exceptional and a tremendous bargain at either $25 for Lunch or $38 for dinner. Executive Chef Phillipe Roussel outdoes himself on this excellent menu.
The first course includes a choice of a salad, soup or sauteed soft shell crabs. The crabs were both seasonal and beautifully prepared. The main course had a choice of a chicken dish, but our group opted for the Ahi Tuna and the Steak Frites – both enormously satisfying. The quality of the Steak Frites was exceptional – these were addictive.
For dessert, there were three choices; including a homemade fruit sorbet assortment and our French “fave" – Crème Brûlée, as well as a fruit tart with homemade ice cream.
We look forward to heading back there soon.
Address: Second Avenue at 88th Street
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