Broke? Hungry? Craving a Prix Fixe Meal? Restaurant Week Is Back!

by Cary Randolph Fuller · January 25, 2010

We New Yorkers take our dining seriously, and nothing turns dinner into an event like the semi-annual culinary extravaganza known as Restaurant Week.

This year, in response to past demand, the city-wide event that brings you cheap eats at trendy spots has been stretched to two weeks. Gluttons rejoice!

NYCgo, the city's official marketing and tourism site, posts menus of all participating restaurants, but it can be a pain to sift through all those PDF files, so I'm going to make it easy. Below are some of our favorite restaurants that take part and what you can expect from each of them.

Restaurant Week 2010: Where To Go and What To Eat

10 Downing in the Village is a favorite of celebs and lowkey scenesters. This week's prix fixe menu offers risotto and a four chocolate dessert sampler.

5 Ninth had its heyday a few years when the Meatpacking District was in its prime. Still great for a quick bite for beating the crowds to the nightspot formerly known as the Boom Boom Room.

Bondst is always good for a romantic table for two. This week's menu promises bento boxes and lychee panna cotta in addition to the usual three courses.

Blue Water Grill is a perfect option if you're feeling fancy on Friday night. The ambience is nothing short of "epic". Invite her parents to join you and earn extra brownie points.

Dos Caminos is to blame for many a painful morning after too many margaritas. Between the festive beverages and five-star guacamole, this place is numero uno for a girls' night out. All locations (Park Avenue, Third Avenue, and SoHo) feature prix fixe menus this week.

Boyfriends, take note! Restaurant Week is a great time to audition potential girlfriends before you drop more serious coin on Valentine's Day, which we all know is right around the corner...