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NYC Restaurant Week
The best way to try a new spot in the city is back. Summer Restaurant Week reservations are now open, and the event is breaking records again with 387 participating restaurants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, with 49 first-timers. You’ll need a reservation to get the three-course lunch ($29) or dinner ($42) deals, and note that drinks, tax and tip are not included. Classics like Delmonico’s, Morimoto and Tavern on the Green are participating, making it a great time to try them without having to drop hints to mom and dad, plus some of the hot new things on the dining scene you’ve been eyeing like the modern British fare at The Clocktower, the breezy eats at La Pecora Bianca and Tom Colicchio’s Craft. NYC Restaurant “Week” begins on July 25 and runs through Aug. 19.
National Pickle Month
The perfect complement to the rich sweetness of barbecue is the vinegar tang of pickles, and during National Pickle Month all locations of Brother Jimmy’s BBQ are serving up a bucket of the fried kind for free with fried chicken entrées during dinner service. Their "frickles” are circles of half-sour pickles (as nature intended) fried and served with a side of horseradish sauce.