A Taste Of New York: Kick Off This Season's Restaurant Week

by Cameron Picardi · July 16, 2012

July 16th kicks off summer Restaurant Week in NYC. Restaurant Week allows anyone and everyone the opportunity to try some of New York City's best and even world renowned restaurants. Each restaurant creates a prix-fixe menu for diners to chose from all at a price that is significantly less than what you would usually spend. Check out some of the best restaurant's that this year's Restaurant Week has to offer!

For a full list of restaurants participating, go HERE!

Restaurant week will take place from July 16th through August 10th. (Saturday's excluded)

Fig & Olive Uptown

Fig & Olive is known for their high-end olive oils beautifully displayed on the shelves of their restaurant. Their attention to detail turns their food into edible art.  The prix-fixe menu consists of 3 courses and is $24.07 for Lunch or $35 for dinner.

Location: 808 Lexington Ave (62/Lexington) Manhattan, NY 10021

To make your reservation, go HERE!

SushiSamba

SushiSamba is an Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian fusion restaurant that creates unique dishes capturing the flavor of all three countries. With dishes such as their miso soup with cilantro, yellowtail sashimi ceviche, this restaurant is a do not miss.

Location: 245 Park Ave. South (19/Park Av So) Manhattan, NY 10003

To make your reservation, go HERE!

Fives At The Peninsula

Known as meeting place for celebrities, executives, and business men, this upscale restaurant provides an earnest environment to dine in. The cuisine is categorized as contemporary American, cooked up by chef Thomas Piede.

Location: 700 Fifth Avenue (55 St/5 Av) New York, NY 10019

To make your reservation, go HERE!

The Russian Tea Room

The Russian Tea Room has been a meeting place for more than 80 years. It breathes with the aura of an 18th century salon in France, where intellects enjoy each others company and discussion. The cuisine is Russian with a modern as well as classic twist.

Location: 150 W. 57th St. (57 St/7 Av) Manhattan, NY 10019

To make your reservation, go HERE!

HanGawi

HanGawi may seem like a traditional Korean restaurant complete with ground seating. However it takes a modern spin adding different Asian aspects to their dishes. The atmosphere is laid back and relaxed. The prix-fixe menu consists of 3 courses and is $24.07 for Lunch or $35 for dinner.

Location: 12 E. 32nd St. (32 St/5 Av) Manhattan, NY 10016

To make your reservation, go HERE!

Le Cirque

The decor is reminiscent of Rococo France, there is lots of gold, gilding, and ornate decor. The only aspect that could be considered more fantastic is the hospitality by owner, Sirio Maccioni. Le Cirque has been in operation for 30 years serving traditional French Fare.

Location: 151 East 58th Street (58 St/3 Av) New York, NY 10022

To make your reservation, go HERE!

Nobu

Nobu New York is the flagship restaurant by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Although the cuisine is Japanese Matsuhisa utilizes techniques developed during his classical sushi training as well as from his life abroad. The decor is peaceful, with birch trees, hardwood floors, and a river stone wall, it's a place to relax.

Location: 105 Hudson St. (Hudson/Franklin) New York, NY 10013

To make your reservation, go HERE!

Centro Vinoteca

Centro Vinoteca's chef Anne Burrell re-creates the Italian picolini, or small dishes at this chic restaurant. The 60s styled space will take diners back to a refined era all while enjoying dishes such as shrimp and chickpea fritters.

Location: 74 Seventh Ave. South (7 Av So/Barrow) Manhattan, NY 10014

To make your reservation, go HERE!

MezzoGiorno

The fare at Mezzogiorno is prepared by executive chef, Alessandro Gargani in the typical Florentine style. The restaurant also features an amazing art installation, created by 100 commissioned artists, which includes beautiful paintings and interesting objects.

Location: 195 Spring Street (Spring/Sullivan) New York, NY 10012

To make your reservation, go HERE!

Zengo

Zengo features an amazing blend of Latin and Asian ingredients creating a unique fusion that are made to share. There is an array of dishes typical to both cultures, including dim sum, ceviche, and lamb. Another cool feature is their large collection of tequila.

Location: 622 Third Ave. (3 Av/40 St) Manhattan, NY 10017

To make your reservation, go HERE!

Capsouto Freres

This French restaurant serves up some of the best souffles this side of the Atlantic. They offer both sweet and savory options. The name was selected by the two brothers who started this establishment in 1980.

Location: 451 Washington St. (Washington/Watts) Manhattan, NY 10013

To make your reservation, go HERE!

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