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11 Spots For A SWICH Approved Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is here (actually, it started yesterday)!

 

Really they should call it NYC Restaurant Month at this point since it runs from Feb 16th to Mar 6th, but semantics aside, for the uninitiated, RW can be a great option to check out some champagne restaurants that might be normally out of reach for your water budget.

 

The Details

3 course prix fixes

$38 for dinner

$25 for lunch

 

Word of caution though – check the RW menus to make sure that what seems like a deal is not just an opportunity for the restaurant to charge you less by offering a pared down menu missing all the favorite dishes.

 

That being said, we did some of the hard work for you, so you don’t have to yourself. Here are 10 + 1 SWICH Approved NYC restaurants to grab your favorite people and get your tasty, healthy and sustainable grub on – on the cheap(er)!

 

PRANZARE CON MARIO

93%
LIKE IT

Lupa

Italian Restaurant

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Greenwich Village; Lunch Only; M-F
Reservations recommended: 212.982.5089

Mario Batali, serves up some of our favorite Italian fare at Lupa. The food is the star here. But don’t forget that every piece of Mario Batali’s empire is eco-friendly. There aren’t a ton of options available for the RW menu, but those that appear do sound quite delicious!

Full RW menu can be found here

DEJEUNER AVEC JEAN

88%
LIKE IT

Perry Street

New American Restaurant

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West Village; Lunch + Dinner; M-F + Sun Dinner
Reservations recommended: 212.352.1900

Jean-Georges is the name behind Perry Street, awarded 3 stars by the NYT. His son, Cedric, is the one in the kitchen though. The RW menu does not totally measure up to to the offerings that the restaurant normally dishes out, but there are still some delicious (though limited) options!

Full RW menu can be found here


CENA MEXICANA

84%
LIKE IT

Crema

Mexican Restaurant

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Chelsea; Dinner Only; M-F + Sun
Reservations recommended: 212.691.4477
Crema, the independent Mexican restaurant in Chelsea from chef / owner Julieta Ballesteros excels in several areas – tasty, sustainable grub to go with sustainable wages as well (over $5 for tipped and $9 for non-tipped workers respectively). And they have some killer margaritas that bring out the fun in everyone!

Full RW menu not available online (call for details)

HARLEM WORLD

91%
LIKE IT

The Cecil

American Restaurant

Harlem; Dinner Only; M-F
Reservations recommended: 212.866.1262

Esquires best new restaurant in all the land for 2014, The Cecil is a gem of a spot. Chef JJ Johnson serves up dyn-o-miiite (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) Afro-Asian-American fusion dishes.  The RW menu has something for everyone – meaty, fishy and veggie dishes along with an optional wine pairing!

Full RW menu can be found here


FOR THE OLD SCHOOL CLASSICS

93%
LIKE IT

Gotham Bar & Grill

American Restaurant

Greenwich Village; Lunch Only; M-F
Reservations recommended: 212.620.4020

Feeling like old money? Or just want to pretend? Then head on over to this Gotham Bar & Grill, the long running Greenwich Village spot serving delicious American food near Union Square. Classic in every way!

Full RW menu can be found here

FOR THE NEW SCHOOL LOCAVORE

 87 %
LIKE IT

Little Park

American Restaurant

Tribeca; Lunch Only; M-F
Reservations Recommended: 212.220.4110
Check out this new, seasonal, hyper local restaurant from the crew behind Locanda Verde et al. The normal prices here are insane…in a good way. So you won’t break the bank even if you miss the RW specials featuring the same dishes.

Full RW menu not available online (call for details)


PRE GAMING

83%
LIKE IT

Butter

New American Restaurant

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Midtown West; Lunch + Dinner; M-F
Reservations recommended: 212.253.2828

You won’t find the infamous $120 steak on the RW menu, but there are some good options at this midtown location of Butter, perhaps better known for it’s exclusive weekly running party at it’s downtown location (that is now closed). Good food, but you might have to deal with a velvet rope to get in. Be warned.

Full RW menu can be found here

LOWER KEY

84%
LIKE IT

Thalassa

Greek Restaurant

Tribeca; Lunch + Dinner; M-F
Reservations recommended: 212.941.7661

Eat up at this Greek favorite that specializes in fresh seafood and organic produce. You can actually get the RW deal ($38 3 course prix fixe) for dinner anytime at Thalassa, but they’ve given the deal a boost by opening for lunch and offering more options than what’s on the regular menu. Who wants snapper!?

Full RW menus: Lunch | Dinner


TOP CHEFFIN #1

85%
LIKE IT

Craftbar

New American Restaurant

Craftbar

Flatiron; Lunch Only; M-F
Reservations recommended: 212-461-4300

If it’s coming from Tom Colicchio, you know it is going to be local and sustainable. But, Colicchio believes sustainability should extend to his staff as well. He pays a living wage amongst other celebrated worker practices. Oh, and the RW menu contains many of Craftbar’s delicious favorites!

Full RW menu can be found here

TOP CHEFFIN #2

92%
LIKE IT

Colicchio & Sons

New American Restaurant

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Chelsea; Lunch Only; M-F
Reservations recommended: 212.400.6878

You won’t get to lounge in the main dining room for RW at Colicchio & Sons, but posting up in the Tap Room is not like sitting at the little kids table. And did we mention that all of the Top Chef’s restaurants are shining examples for how to treat workers fairly? Can we get an amen to that?

Full RW menu can be found here

+1: Honorable mention goes to old and new favorites, Casa Mono and Root & Bone. Not quite SWICH Approved, but almost there!

 

Enjoy!

 

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