As a deals expert, I absolutely love when NYC Restaurant Week comes around. I always discover a new haunt that offers tasty deals beyond these few special weeks. This summer’s round of three-course lunches ($28) and dinners ($35) is winding down on Aug. 14. Take advantage of these five-star deals now and start planning your return visit.
22 E. 13th St., Union Square
Start your week with happy hour from Tuesday to Sunday and feast on discounted oysters ($1.50 each, east and west coast varieties) and spritzes and wines ($9) from 5-7 p.m. Try the All’onda spritz and their fruity Bellini. Save during Restaurant Week on dinner Monday through Friday and lunch, brunch and dinner on Sundays. The Venetian menu offers delicious pastas and fresh fish like branzino and dorade.
384 Columbus Ave., Upper West Side
Seafood lovers rejoice — not only does Ocean Grill offer discounted lunches and dinners during Restaurant Week but also special $25 wine bottles. All the seafood at Ocean Grill is top notch and delightfully fresh. Start with the blue crab roll with avocado followed by the rainbow trout Milanese. Brunch on weekends includes one complimentary beverage and starts at $15.
A Voce Madison
41 Madison Ave., Flatiron District
Their lovely dining room invites you to enjoy an elegant lunch that includes pan-seared sea bream and ricotta mousse. (Their Upper West Side location at 10 Columbus Circle is also offering a Restaurant Week lunch menu.) Beyond these special weeks, take advantage of their three-course lunch for $33 on weekdays. Every day from 2:30-7 p.m., save with discounted appetizers like burrata ($10) and fried risotto balls ($9). The pastas are absolutely outstanding and full of fresh seasonal ingredients; my favorite is the cavatelli with sausage. During the week from 4-7 p.m., sip on $7 cocktails at the bar.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of “365 Guide New York City,” a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11and Good Day New York and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.