NEW YORK – The 30th version of “Restaurant Week” in New York, which will last 30 days this summer to celebrate its anniversary, kicked off this Monday to offer New Yorkers, tourists and visitors the opportunity to eat in some 630 restaurants distributed throughout the five districts at a lower price than usual.
For a two-course meal or a three-course dinner, a fixed amount of 30, 45 or 60 dollars will be paid, depending on the chosen location, as explained by the organizers at the Cage & Tollner restaurant, in a ceremony attended by the mayor of New York, Eric Adams.
The initiative was joined by some Michelin star restaurants and several of those that started this pioneering tradition such as The Russian Tea Room, Sylvia’s, Tavern On the Green, among the best known.
In addition, one hundred restaurants will offer the opportunity to order a bottle of wine for $30 to sample the menu.
“The week began in 1992, during the Democratic Party’s national convention in New York, and happens every year, twice a year. We bring the restaurant community together and offer special tier pricing, so whether you’re a local or visiting the city, you can have access to the best restaurants,” Fred Dixon, president and CEO of “NYC & Company,” the company that organizes the event, told Efe.
For Dixon, this anniversary is special because it takes place after the pandemic forced the reduction of the celebration of the event, which in the worst moments of the spread of covid-19 was limited to offering food for pickup or delivery.
Eric Adams, for his part, recalled that before the pandemic, the gastronomy industry moved 72,000 million dollars annually, so he insisted that “reviving it is key to our economy.”
In this sense, the New York councilor said that more and more people are visiting the city and specified that the week of June 25 marked a new milestone, since the number of hotel reservations stood at 94% of the rate of occupancy that was recorded in the last summer before the pandemic.
Among the participants in the inauguration of this culinary month was chef and businessman David Burke, owner of the David Burke Tavern, who reiterated that this week not only helps business owners, but also cooks, chefs, waiters and dishwashers.
Also participating was Tren’ness Woods-Black, the granddaughter of Sylvia Woods, founder of Sylvia’s restaurant, which is in the heart of Harlem, typical cuisine from the southern United States and for whom “Restaurant Week” is a unique opportunity to embark on a “delicious journey”.
“A delicious trip where you can savor all the places on the planet without leaving New York City,” he settled.
As a bite to eat for the rest of the month, the Cage & Toller restaurant offered a small appetizer of raw oysters and cooked prawns.
The NYC Restaurant Weekwhich will take place from Monday to Friday (Saturdays are restricted and Sundays are optional), will offer flexibility and a wide range of free possibilities so that restaurants can participate this year in which the 30th anniversary is celebrated:
- The option to participate in one, several or all five weeks of the event – allowing restaurants to select the weeks that are most convenient or work best for them.
- Lunch Service: two-course menu at a fixed price, determined by the restaurant, which can range from 30, 45 or 60 dollars
- Dinner Service: three-course menu at a fixed price, determined by the restaurant, in the ranges of 30, 45 or 60 dollars.
- More than 100 restaurants will also offer $30 bottles of wine to commemorate the 30th anniversary of NYC Restaurant Week.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS AND TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE VISIT THIS WEBSITE.
What is Restaurant Week in New York City?
Restaurant Week is the highly anticipated foodie celebration emulated throughout New York City. The prix fixe program invites diners to sample the incredible variety of restaurants that make up the city’s culinary culture.
It began in 1992 as a unique culinary event to welcome the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
When it starts?
Now the event returns for 30 days to celebrate its 30th anniversary, from July 18 to August 21. While our website reflects the most accurate information, we recommend verifying a restaurant’s participation information address on their website or by calling the restaurant directly. Saturdays are excluded from the program and Sundays are optional. Be sure to check the hours of operation at the restaurants you plan to visit.
What are the prices?
The 2022 summer schedule features a trio of pricing options ($30, $45, $60), which restaurants can offer during meal periods of their choice (lunch, dinner, or both). This structure allows a greater variety of restaurants across the five boroughs to participate, creating more choices and more reservations available to diners.
How can I make reservations?
To reserve your table visit the official page of the Restaurant Week here.
Where can I find more information?
For more information go here.