NYC Winter Restaurant Week: Second Edition
Foodies and fine-dining purveyors probably woke up extra cheery this Monday morning as Winter Restaurant Week officially starts today. We already mentioned our agent’s top picks for the must-get reservations, and as promised, we have a second round of suggestions for those who were either unable to score a res at the aforementioned spots, or if none of our previous picks stood out to you. For our second list of suggestions, our agents recommended their favorite places right by our various office locations.
499 Park Avenue office pick: BiCE Ristorante
If you happen to be visiting or are near our flagship Park Avenue office in Midtown East and you have an acquired taste for lavishly expensive pasta, BiCE is your spot. As true food snobs we are admittedly chain averse, however, this global chain caters to the modern day jet setter and has us impressed. You may have heard the NYC location is home to the latest food craze, the $2,000 pasta dish made with mixed wild mushrooms, 2 pounds of lobster, and shaved seasonal black truffles presented on a limited edition, hand designed Versace gold-leaf plate that you get to take home. While this particular item is not part of their prix fixe Restaurant Week menu, fortunately their signature lasagna bolognese is. What separates BiCE from other chains is all of their pasta is fresh and homemade daily, delivering the highest in both quality and taste. The restaurant week menu is available Monday-Friday for dinner, and for both lunch and dinner on Sundays.
7 East 54th St. (Btwn Fifth and Madison Ave), New York, NY 10019 (212-688-1999)
West Side Office pick, 408 Columbus Avenue: Dovetail
If you’re around our office on the Upper West Side, our agents rave about Dovetail, a New York Magazine critics’ pick. The brainchild of world-respected chef John Fraser who’s known for his wildly successful restaurant endeavors in Paris and Napa Valley, his New York ventures haven’t been as fruitful and esteemed until this one. Dovetail gets a round of applause from our agents and infamous critics for the minimal attention and fussiness over décor and ambience, and to the meticulous attention to each and every menu item. Off their restaurant week menu, we recommend the roasted carrots, duck prosciutto with coffee-cashews and lentils for an appetizer. It’s undoubtedly the most unique and flavorful item on the menu.
103 West 77th St. (Btwn Amsterdam and Columbus Ave), New York, NY 10024 (212-362-3800)
East Side Office pick, 770 Lexington Avenue: Arabelle
The Upper East Side has garnered much more esteem as a foodie destination over the last year, or two. If you’re visiting our East Side office, we recommend neighborhood favorite Arabelle, serving special menu’s for both lunch and dinner on Monday through Friday during Restaurant Week. The luxurious décor is a stark contrast to the not overly complicated menu which is based on seasonal and locally grown food items. If you go for lunch, get the Sam Adams braised short ribs with incredibly rustic tasting apple wood smoked bacon and onion puree.
37 East 64th St. (at Madison Ave), New York, NY 10021 (212-606-4647)
Village Office pick, 831 Broadway: Betel Bar & Kitchen
A favorite spot for quality yet reinvented Thai food in the West Village. Our agents swear by their signature menu item, the chicken betel leaf (pictured above), which thankfully made it onto the restaurant week menu. It’s a small, one bite appetizer of a betel leaf topped with roasted eggplant and shallot relish mixed with chicken, lime leaf, lemongrass, mint and coriander. It packs a memorable punch into one small bite.
51 Grove St., New York, NY 10014 (212-352-0460)
SoHo Office pick, 451 West Broadway: The Dutch
Andrew Carmellini struck gold with the opening of The Dutch. It’s a trendy, be-seen SoHo restaurant serving up the most gourmet comfort food in the city. They’re serving lunch only on Monday through Friday for restaurant week, but our agents say this is the best time to go there, anyways. Dinner often gets crowded and somewhat noisy, while poking in for a leisurely lunch offers a more intimate and personable dining experience. Their menu is also celebrated for joining the locavore trend. We recommend the sea scallops with sunchokes, quinoa, meyer lemon and the ultimate guilty pleasure –bacon jam.
131 Sullivan St. (at Prince St), New York, NY 10012 (212-677-6200)
Park Slope office pick, 76 Seventh Avenue: Benchmark
Even if it weren’t the only restaurant in Park Slope officially participating in restaurant week, we would still award this place as our top pick. Everything on their menu is unbelievably fresh, and they’re famous for steaks and hamburgers made from pasture-raised animals, in addition to using only locally grown produce. Steaks are the noted star of the menu so we suggest the grass-fed Filet Mignon from their dinner restaurant week menu, served with truffled potato puree, creamed brussels sprouts and a delicious, complimenting Bordelaise sauce.
339-A 2nd St. (at Fifth Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718-965-7040)