Every summer for the nearly four weeks that stretch between late July’s “Will this heat ever end?” and mid-August’s “We’re in the heat wave home stretch!” New York food-lovers and hungry tourists fill the city’s best eateries to enjoy three- and four-course meals at half their usual cost.
‘How is this possible?’ you ask. ‘What is the secret to the discounted fare?’ The answer: New York Restaurant Week, the annual food extravaganza wherein some of the city’s most exclusive and most expensive restaurants fling their doors open wide and invite diners of every stripe to a seat at the table. For a limited time, a three course prixe fixe is only $38, at every participating restaurant!
And hundreds of restaurants participate with chefs and cuisines from throughout the world represented. Among them are dozens of Latin restaurants, including perennial TLK favorites Maya, Fonda, and Empellon. Below are a few additional standouts that, if you’re on or near the island July 21 through August 15, you should definitely check out.
Swank and sexy, this restaurant lounge (right) in Chelsea’s Dream Hotel serves upscale Mexican food with a modern twist. Ceviches and tacos are signatures and the chopped salad with jalapeno ranch dressing is simultaneously comforting and cool. For dessert, do the Don Huevo, a dark chocolate molten cake ensconced in an enormous white chocolate “egg.” It’s both dessert and a show. (Waiters drizzle piping hot Negra Modelo caramel sauce over the egg to break its shell and reveal the cake beneath.) We suggest hitting this dark den with a group of gal pals for a fun, pocketbook-friendly, ladies night out.
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