Where to Dine During NYC’s Winter Restaurant Week

It can be tough to find the motivation to head into the city during these cold winter months, but luckily restaurant week is here to help. It actually lasts nearly three weeks, offering plenty of time to fit a three-course meal into your busy schedule. Participating restaurants will be offering a special prix fixe menu—$29 for lunch and $42 for dinner—from Jan. 22 to Feb. 9. From churro French toast to spaghetti al pesto rosso, this eclectic array of eateries is sure to have something for everyone.

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Sarabeth’s: American (Multiple Locations)

Sarabeth’s is a New York City brunch staple famous for its sweet lemon ricotta pancakes. Although this delicacy is not available during restaurant week, diners can still savor short rib arancini and duck meatloaf for lunch, or smoked eggplant purée and prime ribeye for dinner. And with the prix fixe, there’s no saying no to dessert. Click to go

Empellón Taqueria: Mexican (West Village)

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Mexican food is never a letdown—and Empellón Taqueria knows how to give people exactly what they want. The main course on its restaurant week dinner menu focuses on tacos—skirt steak, fish tempura or duck carnitas. But if your mouth isn’t watering yet, the brunch menu is even better: churro French toast with smoked maple syrup and chilaquiles rojos. Address: 230 West 4th St. | Phone: 212-367-0999 Click to go

Pig and Khao: Pan-Asian (Lower East Side)

A Pan-Asian eatery on the Lower East Side, Pig and Khao is serving up specialties like Khao soi—a Burmese noodle dish—and pork belly adobo—a Filipino rice and pork dish. This restaurant decided to go the extra mile by offering three courses, rice and a dessert on its dinner menu. There are also two courses plus rice and a dessert on its brunch menu. Address: 68 Clinton St. | Phone: 212-920-4485 Click to go

Strip House Midtown: Steakhouse (Midtown West)

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Strip House’s restaurant week appetizers (brussel sprout Caesar salad and ahi tuna crudo), as well as their entrees (lamb ragout cavatelli and dry-aged demi strip), sound pretty good. But let’s cut to the chase: the dessert menu is where its famous 24-layer chocolate cake for two is waiting. Even though the cake is an $8 upcharge from the regular prix fixe, it is an $8 well spent. Note: Strip House Midtown is only participating in restaurant week for lunch. Address: 15 W 44th St. | Phone: 212-336-5454 Click to go

Edi & the Wolf: Austrian (East Village)

Schnitzel, Spätzle and strudel, oh my! A night at Edi & the Wolf is the perfect opportunity to delve into these Austrian delights. Though this restaurant is only participating in the dinner portion of restaurant week, and offers a short, simple menu, there are still tough choices to be made. Chocolate soufflé or apple strudel for dessert? Thankfully, diners can decide when they get there. Address: 102 Avenue C | Phone: 212-598-1040 Click to go

Bocca Restaurant & Bar: Italian (Gramercy)

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Italian: the cuisine we’ve all been waiting for! Get ready to indulge in meatballs, spaghetti, rigatoni and pappardelle at this modern eatery in Gramercy. The downside? Diners still get only one appetizer and one entree—but chocolate molten cake, panna cotta and Nutella custard are in store for the end of the night. Address: 39 East 19th St. #1 | Phone: 212-387-1200 Click to go

Lafayette: French (NoHo)

A treat for your sophisticated palate, Lafayette is a go-to for French delicacies. The eatery is serving up plates like the sausage dish cervelas de lyon, skate a la grenobloise and duck leg confit. Diners can look forward to desserts like profiterole maison or chocolate almond entremet with ice cream. Address: 380 Lafayette St. | Phone: 212-533-3000 Click to go

FishTag: Mediterranean (Upper West Side)

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FishTag, a casual seafood parlor owned by chef Michael Psilakis, is where you’ll find that decadent chocolate baklava for dessert. Though it might be tempting to skip the first two courses and go straight to this walnut-y, syrup-y, chocolate-y delicacy, it wouldn’t be the smartest choice—you’d miss out on ricotta gnocchi, roasted amish chicken, Egyptian spiced tuna or roasted leg of lamb risotto. Address: 222 W 79th St. | Phone: 212-362-7470 Click to go

Hanjan: Korean (Flatiron)

Savor fried dumplings, garlic fried chicken, noodles or bibimbap at this cozy Korean eatery. Even in the middle of winter, there’s no better way to treat yourself than with ice cream. And this restaurant is offering black sesame ice cream for dessert. It’s truly the only way to top off a night of good eats. Address: 36 W 26th St. | Phone: 212-206-7226 Click to go

*Most restaurants do not participate in restaurant week on Saturdays, and some do not on Sundays either. Certain spots only serve lunch or dinner, instead of both. Be sure to check NYC Go to make sure!